New EU biodiversity deadline 2020

March 16, 2010

EU ministers have given themselves a new biodiversity deadline of 2020, following yesterday’s EU Environment Council meeting.

Having failed with their 2010 target, the 27 governments agreed to try to do more to halt biodiversity loss.

Ministers chose the toughest of four options presented by the European Commission in a January policy paper: “halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.”

The Council conclusions also outline the EU vision for protecting species in the EU by 2050.

The European Commission now has to draw up a new 2020 biodiversity strategy.

It remains to be seen whether this new 2020 biodiversity target will be any more successful than its 2010 predecessor.  A good indicator will be the extent to which the EU’s draft 2020 growth strategy takes account of the new EU biodiversity 2020 target. The EU’s 2020 growth strategy is due to be agreed shortly by EU Heads of State & Government.

The likely impact of this new initiative on the golf industry will become clearer as details emerge of the European Commission’s new 2020 biodiversity strategy and of new mainstream, cross-cutting EU policies and strategies, such as the 2020 growth strategy.

Link – to the text of the Environment Council “Conclusions on biodiversity post-2010”

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