Will Europe avoid another “Copenhagen fiasco”?
BirdLife presents its priorities for the EU Belgian presidency
BirdLife International presented its environmental priorities for the Belgian EU Presidency, which just started, and which will bring to an end the International Year of Biodiversity.
In its publication ‘Greening Europe’, BirdLife identified “Five keys for a successful Belgian Presidency”:
- The European Commission should publish an ambitious new Biodiversity Strategy for the EU and initiate the production of 2020 strategies for different policy sectors, setting out the details of how to achieve its new 2020 target;
- The Presidency and Member States should ensure that ecosystem services provided by nature –such as flood prevention– are placed at the heart of National Adaptation Strategies.
- EU institutions must agree a viable vision for sweeping CAP reform, refocusing spending on rewarding farmers for the delivery of clearly defined public goods and on the acceleration of a true 'sustainability revolution' in EU farming.
- Significant resources must be allocated to funding the Natura 2000 network, to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration both inside the EU and globally.
- The Presidency should call on the European Commission to instigate emergency measures to stop the slaughter of 200,000 seabirds in European fisheries each year.
"The EU must both put its own house in order and lead by example on the global scene" —Ariel Brunner, Head of EU Policy at the BirdLife International European Division
“The Belgian Presidency will lead EU engagement at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, in October. Having just failed its own target of halting biodiversity decline by 2010, the EU cannot allow Nagoya to follow in the wake of last year’s Copenhagen fiasco”, commented Ariel Brunner, Head of EU Policy at the BirdLife European Division. “The EU must both put its own house in order and lead by example on the global scene. Missing the target to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 is no longer an option”, concluded Mr Brunner.
In six months BirdLife will evaluate the Presidency and score its environmental performance.
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Credits: BirdLife European Division