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Help stop the loss of global biodiversity – Target 6

The EU derives great benefits from global biodiversity but some of our consumption patterns can be blamed for part of the loss and degradation that occur beyond our borders. The EU is committed to step up its contribution in the fight to protect global biodiversity. Our biodiversity strategy to 2020 is also in line with international commitments made in October 2010, when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a strategic plan to address global biodiversity loss over the coming decade. The EU biodiversity strategy identified a number of actions to ensure we reach target 6 rapidly. The strategy mid-term review provides a detailed assessment of progress towards target 6.

What the strategy says

The EU has pledged to meet the international 2020 biodiversity goals and objectives agreed to under the CBD. Target 6 requires that, by 2020, the EU steps up its contribution to avert global biodiversity loss by greening its economy and endeavouring to reduce its pressure on global biodiversity. (Read the Strategy)

In practice

We've identified 4 specific actions to step up our contribution in the fight against global biodiversity loss.

  • Action 17: Reduce the impacts of EU consumption patterns on biodiversity and make sure that the EU initiative on resource efficiency, our trade negotiations and market signals all reflect this objective.
  • Action 18: Target more EU funding towards global biodiversity and make this funding more effective.
  • Action 19: Systematically screen EU action for development cooperation to reduce any negative impacts on biodiversity.
  • Action 20: Make sure that the benefits of nature's genetic resources are shared fairly and equitably.

Some of the progress so far...

  • On 12 October 2014, the new regulation on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from their use became applicable. This Access and Benefit-Sharing regulation establishes how researchers and companies can obtain access to genetic resources and the traditional knowledge linked to these resources. It also explains how benefits arising from the use of genetic resources and the associated traditional knowledge must be shared with the countries providing these resources.

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