Bailing-out biodiversity: The EU budget must deliver
The imminent and most important test for the EU’s credibility on its global and European biodiversity commitments is the ongoing reform of its budget and sectoral policies, now negotiated for the period 2014-2020.
At the moment of publication, the EU governments are already on the brink of breaking their “Nagoya promises” made at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the global CBD in 2010. It is very unlikely that wrong decisions taken now on basic principles and rules for EU subsidies, or on agriculture or fisheries policies, can be corrected in a meaningful way before 2020.
Therefore it is of utmost importance that the last months of negotiations on the EU budget in Brussels will lead to results that live up to the EU’s objective of developing a smart and sustainable economy by 2020, one that safeguards biodiversity and restores ecosystem services.