Europe and Central Asia
2 Dec 2020

Nature is in crisis. The Parliament's report on the Biodiversity Strategy needs to reflect this

Common greenshank (Tringa nebularia) © Yves Adams, Vilda
By Justine Guiny
Ahead of the adoption by the European Parliament of its own initiative report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and the WWF European Policy Office, share their joint recommendations on priorities that should be supported by the Parliament, and answer common myths and questions frequently asked about the implementation of this Strategy. 
Overall, we welcome the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 as an ambitious and science-based blueprint to address the biodiversity and climate crises over the next 10 years as a fundamental part of the European Green Deal.
Adopted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this strategy acknowledges the necessity to base the long-term policies on science in order to enhance our resilience to future crises. The Biodiversity Strategy needs to become the central effort for the truly green and sustainable post-crisis recovery and its delivery should be strongly linked with the implementation of an ambitious Farm to Fork Strategy.
The Strategy seems bold on paper but also contains commitments that will crucially need to be refined with concrete targets and clear guidance to ensure the Strategy is effectively implemented by Member States and other relevant stakeholders on the ground.
The clock is ticking and we have a very short window of opportunity to make a lasting change. The IPBES ‚Äė2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services‚Äô highlights that nature is humanity‚Äôs most important life-supporting ‚Äėsafety net‚Äô, and yet, the current response to biodiversity loss is insufficient as 1,000,000 species are already threatened with extinction. Scientists tell us that only a deeply transformative change across economic, social, political and technological factors can reverse nature decline.
The European Parliament has a key role to play in calling for this strategy to be implemented quickly and efficiently to bring about the change that is needed to ensure the survival of humanity and the resilience of our planet. In its own initiative report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Parliament should highlight the following actions as priorities for the Commission to take:
1. Primarily manage protected areas for biodiversity
Joint position paper: The Nature Protection Commitments in the 2030 EU Biodiversity Strategy
2.Ensure quick and effective large-scale nature restoration as of 2021
Joint position paper: Restoring Europe's nature - recommendations for a restoration law
3. Make the CAP compatible with nature objectives and long-term food production
BirdLife paper: Reform the CAP - 3 solutions to beat the biodiversity and climate crises 
4. Tackle the cumulative impacts of human activities on oceans
Joint paper: Turning the tide on EU seas with a Green Recovery
5. Make the EU Forest Strategy coherent with the objectives of the EU Biodiversity Strategy
6. Ensure renewable energy is compatible with biodiversity protection
7. Enable speedy and efficient implementation and enforcement of the Strategy
9. Ensure sufficient funding to implement this Strategy in the long-term
BirdLife recommendations: EU leadership at the Convention on Biological Diversity 
Our joint NGO recommendations on the Parliament's report on the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy can be read in full here


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