Europe and Central Asia

Europe’s Biodiversity Targets – What progress has been made?

Followed by an open discussion “How can the European Union meet its international obligations to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020?” with Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive, BirdLife International, Angelo Caserta, Regional Director, BirdLife Europe, François Wakenhut, Head of Unit, DG Environment.

Tuesday 2nd June 2015, European Parliament, Brussels
Room: Paul-Henri Spaak P5B001
Followed by a Cocktail


Why should you attend?

In 2010, the EU missed its target to halt biodiversity decline because of weak implementation, lack of funding and a systemic failure to reform sectoral policies such as agriculture and fisheries. Recognising the urgency and importance of safeguarding our ecosystems, the EU adopted a new 2020 headline target, raising the level of ambition and formulating a streamlined and focused strategy.

In advance of the Commission’s mid-term assessment to be published later this year, BirdLife will present its own analysis on progress made to date based on the latest data from Member States. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to exchange information on the state of Europe’s nature, on citizen’s expectations for EU nature conservation action and what needs to be done to ensure the EU’s Global and European biodiversity conservation targets will be met.





Welcome by Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP (ALDE  - NL)


Is the EU still a global leader in conserving biodiversity?

Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive, BirdLife International


The EU Biodiversity Strategy is a landmark in European conservation with strong commitments to take action – is Europe on track to meet its 2020 targets?

Angelo Caserta, Regional Director, BirdLife Europe


What next for the EU Biodiversity Strategy?

François Wakenhut, Head of Unit – Biodiversity, DG Environment, European Commission



How can the European Union meet its international obligations to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020?

Moderation: Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP



Hosted by Khaled Anis Irani, Chairman, BirdLife International



If you want to know what progress Europe has made since 2010 towards meeting the EU Biodiversity Strategy Targets and what might be needed in the next five years, please join us for this discussion.


Please confirm attendance before the 29th May by emailing:  or if you have any queries please call on 0044 (0) 1767693411.


NB: if you do not have an access permit to the European Parliament please provide Eleanor Burke with your ID type, ID number, birth date and nationality by 22nd May.