General information MEP Pavel Poc, Chair of the Intergroup EP Intergroup CCBSD Newsletter


Intergroup's Launch Cocktail Reception - Report
Tue., 18th of Nov. 2014

EP Intergroup Newsletter November 2014: Editorial
Tue., 18th of Nov. 2014

Wed., 15th of Oct. 2014

INTERVIEW: Young entrepreneurs need to know about research funding – Pierre-Yves Cousteau
Mon., 13th of Oct. 2014

EP Intergroup Newsletter October 2014: Editorial
Tue., 07th of Oct. 2014

The New Climate Economy Report
Tue., 16th of Sep. 2014

La lutte contre le réchauffement n'est pas l'ennemie de la croissance
Tue., 16th of Sep. 2014

The next European Commissioners and their posts
Wed., 10th of Sep. 2014

EP Intergroup Newsletter September 2014: Editorial
Wed., 03th of Sep. 2014

Become Member of the EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development"
Tue., 26th of Aug. 2014

EP Intergroup Newsletter July 2014: Editorial
Thu., 26th of Jun. 2014

Tue., 24th of Jun. 2014

2014 European Elections
Tue., 17th of Jun. 2014

Mon., 28th of Apr. 2014

Intergroup CCBSD Main achievements 2009-2014
Thu., 24th of Apr. 2014

Invasions in Europe
Thu., 24th of Apr. 2014

EP Intergroup Newsletter September 2013: Editorial
Tue., 10th of Sep. 2013

Bee decline/neonicotinoid ban Key decision for bees as European Commission pushes for proposed neonicotinoid suspension
Mon., 29th of Apr. 2013

EU General Court Rules against Sustainable Use of Seals
Fri., 26th of Apr. 2013

First Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources adopted by FAO members
Tue., 23th of Apr. 2013

CITES COP16 - Vote on US proposal to up list Polar Bear and ban international trade in the species
Thu., 18th of Apr. 2013

New Director at IUCN Brussels Office
Mon., 08th of Apr. 2013

FAO forestry chief to lead UN-wide preps for Expo 2015
Mon., 25th of Mar. 2013

The Inuit take on the world’s greens and animal rightists
Fri., 22th of Feb. 2013

URBES for cities and biodiversity
Fri., 08th of Feb. 2013

A European strategy to tackle the great challenges of agriculture and food security under climate change
Wed., 05th of Dec. 2012

EU parliament urged to reject calls to designate polar bears an endangered species
Wed., 21th of Nov. 2012

Council agreement on revision of accounting directives
Sun., 06th of May. 2012


EP Intergroup CCBSD


Tuesday, 24th of September 2013, 09:00/18h30
ASP 3E2, European Parliament

Mainstreaming conservation in Europe’s policy-making

Integration of nature conservation as part of the solution to societal challenges is key to stopping biodiversity loss, and it is very much needed. This is the main outcome of the Conference “Meeting the EU 2020 Biodiversity Conservation: Mainstreaming Conservation” organized by the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development on 24 September 2013, in Brussels.

Biodiversity provides a life support system which is essential for our health and well-being, as much as for our economy. The more than 150 delegates who participated in the event agreed on the urgent need for mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into other sectors of society and for greater collaboration between conservationists and other practitioners and experts. Participants also stressed that there is need to better value natural capital.

The conference’s main objective was to bring together different representatives of society (decision-makers, administrators, civil society and business) to present and discuss the contributions of various actors to achieving the EU Biodiversity Targets which call for the halting of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and for the restoration of degraded ecosystems by 2020.

Four thematic sessions focused on aspects where collaboration between various stakeholders can be enhanced.

The first session focused on the European Commission’s Strategy on Green Infrastructure, released earlier this year. Green Infrastructure, such as green bridges connecting natural areas, urban parks and green roofs, can offer multiple benefits to society (economic but also for well-being and health) while protecting nature. It was underlined that policies on green infrastructure present a real opportunity for mainstreaming the conservation of nature with other sectors, such as urban and landscape architecture and tourism operators.

The second session highlighted the need for greater connection between policy-makers and scientist and researchers, to ensure that policy-making is based on the latest scientific knowledge. A number of research results and examples on how to improve such dialogue by establishing science-policy interfaces were presented, also in light of the soon-to-be-launched European Commission’s funding for research “Horizon 2020”. Speakers underlined the need for developing innovative nature-based solutions which can encourage multiple stakeholders to contribute to nature conservation while presenting economic opportunities.

In the third session, several examples of business engagement and cooperation platforms, such IUCN’s Leaders for Nature, were showcased and discussed. It was noted that working with the private sector is essential to make a difference for biodiversity. The examples shown at the event suggest that businesses are more and more interested in contributing to biodiversity conservation and that some are taking action to this end. Biodiversity needs to be a business concern and some companies have understood this. However, there is still work to be done to ensure that business commitments are turned into positive action, also at a wider scale.

Integrating biodiversity measures into agricultural practices was the theme of the last session of the conference. It was recognized that some good progress has been done in Europe in the cooperation between farmers and conservationists. However, some participants highlighted that although the spirit of the recent Common Agricultural Policy’s reform is “green”, there are elements to be strengthened and clarified. The reform leaves flexibility for Member States and it is hoped that this will not result into inaction.

Pictures of the meeting
Pictures of the meeting

Documents of the meeting



Cocktail Reception
Wed., 15th of Oct. 2014
Members' Salon, European Parliament, Brussels
Nature-Based Solutions: Innovation potential for Smart, Sustainable & Inclusive Growth in Europe
Tue., 30th of Sep. 2014
ASP 3G2, European Parliament, Brussels
Forestry debates kick-off in the new European Parliament
Wed., 24th of Sep. 2014
MEPs salon, European Parliament, Brussels
Intergroup Cocktail Reception in Strasbourg
Tue., 01th of Jul. 2014
European Parliament, Strasbourg, Room C2.1
A New Spring for Bees
Wed., 02th of Apr. 2014
Towards a consolidated Network of Knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe
Tue., 01th of Apr. 2014
Promoting the electrification of transport : the EU and Quebec, similar priorities
Wed., 19th of Mar. 2014
Blue Growth: promoting jobs and innovation
Wed., 19th of Mar. 2014
Ocean Literacy: Educating the public on species and habitat conservation
Tue., 28th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room PHS 4B01
Water and Energy as instruments for Peace
Tue., 28th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room P5B001
The EU’s BEST Initiative: Voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories
Mon., 27th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room P7C050
A New EU Forest Strategy: Ensuring sustainable forest management for socio-economic and environmental services
Tue., 21th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room JAN 6Q1
EU legislation on Invasive Alien Species: debate on strengthening the EC proposed approach
Mon., 20th of Jan. 2014
Sustainable Consumption and Production: Increasing productivity while reducing resource inputs and pollution outputs
Thu., 05th of Dec. 2013
European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5E2
Jobs, competitiveness and environmental protection: Opportunities in the minerals sector
Wed., 04th of Dec. 2013
The EU Overseas Countries and Territories: Valuing a global asset and developing regional hubs
Tue., 03th of Dec. 2013
Room JAN 6Q1, European Parliament, Brussels