June 26, 2009
Europe is failing to meet its 2001 target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010.
Yesterday EU Environment Ministers expressed deep concern at this failure and at the increasing threats to biodiversity from invasive alien species.
Golf Europa reported in April on the high level conference in Athens on biodiversity.
Yesterday’s clear message from EU national governments paves the way for a shake-up in EU biodiversity policy. Expect proposals from the European Commission to make EU biodiversity legislation wider in its coverage across Europe and deeper in its impact. Legislation focusing on invasive species is also likely.
Ultimately, a widening and a deepening of EU biodiversity legislation could impact significantly on golf course design, remodelling and maintenance. BirdLife International, however, has dismissed the Council Conclusions as “wishful thinking”.