Daily Archives: December 18, 2008

Failure to protect biodiversity in Europe


A rather depressing item today outlining the harsh reality of EU’s inevitable failure to meet 2010 targets to “end the destruction of European natural heritage”.

In relation to agriculture and biodiversity the item said:

“the Commission identifies integration of biodiversity considerations into different sectoral policies as a major task yet to be tackled. The agricultural sector, in particular, puts pressure on natural systems as an increasing amount of land is required to meet growing demand for food and to provide energy crops following the EU’s new biofuel policy.”

On the same page of this post there is a link to a further press release from the European Union.  The press release goes deeper into the issue of Biodiversity at a global level.  They say:

“new issues such as biofuels and food security have emerged as major challenges to sustainable development. An ongoing study … initiated by the European Commission and Germany, will help decision makers direct more attention to this issue and the link to poverty eradication.”

They make similar links with biodiversity and climate change.

Most pertinent to the CG, there is a specific mention of “the knowledge base” and the:

“critical importance of knowledge to support the development of biodiversity policy… The Commission also supports the proposal to establish an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES), to strengthen independent scientific advice to global policy making.”