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


Tue., 07th of Apr. 2015

BEYOND ENFORCEMENT: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime
Mon., 30th of Mar. 2015

EP Intergroup Newsletter January 2015: Editorial
Wed., 21th of Jan. 2015

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Fri., 19th of Dec. 2014

European Parliament Intergroups 2014-2019
Fri., 12th of Dec. 2014

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, 30th of September 2014, 10:00/17:00
ASP 3G2, European Parliament, Brussels

“The obstacle is the path”

- P.Y. Cousteau, President of Cousteau Divers -

On Tuesday 30 September 2014, the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”, in collaboration with the European Commission and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), organised a full day conference entitled: “Nature-Based Solutions: Innovation potential for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Europe.”

Bringing together 140 participants including representatives from the European Institutions, local and regional authorities, research institutes, NGOs and International organisations, as well as private sector representatives, this conference aimed at promoting the solutions that nature can offer in tackling major challenges, such as climate change and natural disasters, in ensuring food security to an increasing population, in protecting the health of European citizens, and the conservation of biodiversity in the EU and at the global level.

The speakers, panellists and participants in the audience all agreed that using nature to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time can be cost-effective, can help safeguard the environment and halt biodiversity loss, and can provide numerous economic and social benefits by creating jobs and growth and by stimulating innovation.

Pierre-Yves Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau and President of Cousteau Divers, called attention on the rapid degradation of the natural environment, and especially the marine environment, which is starting to have serious social impacts, such as the rise of immigration connected to environmental issues. Mr. Cousteau made the case that marine species are part of a unique life-support system and that the collapse of marine ecosystems would cause the loss of livelihoods. Solutions, he argued, need to come top down from international institutions and bottom up from civil society: “We need to further empower citizens, and especially young entrepreneurs who are already developing interesting technological innovations and solutions.”

In his speech, Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General in DG Research and Innovation, highlighted the economic opportunities offered by nature: “Nature-Based Solutions are robust, comprehensive, cost-effective and locally embedded solutions that can help maintain our resources.” Mr. Burtscher called for more research and innovation on nature-based solutions to help address multiple societal challenges and increase business opportunities and growth as part of the Horizon 2020 framework. Importantly, he stressed the need to involve all stakeholders and interested partners in finding these solutions.

“Nature-Based Solutions are not the silver bullet but are underused at the moment,” stated Luc Bas, Director of IUCN EU Representative Office. “We need to get better at gathering data and at communicating the benefits of nature-based solutions; we need to make the case that these are more cost-effective than other solutions.” Mr. Bas argued that mapping and assessment of ecosystem services is a crucial element of action and an urgent one, not only at national level but also at local and regional level for governments to assess the benefits and identify priorities for investment.

This call was echoed by Aldo Ravazzi Douvan of the Italian Ministry of Environment who argued that ways must be found in order to impact on decision-makers.

Paola Albrito, Head of Regional Office for Europe, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, stressed, like her fellow panellists, the cost-effectiveness rational of investing in preventive measures rather than more expensive response measures. Europe has been at the forefront of discussions on research and innovation, she argued: yet, the gap remains on how to translate scientific research into measures and policies that need to be adopted by politicians.

Panellists in the afternoon sessions moderated by Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent for The Guardian, also underscored the need to improve communication to global, regional and local policy-makers, stressing the need to work further on quantifying the economic value of ecosystems and on using figures to better communicate the numerous benefits of nature-based solutions. “It is about talking to people with a language that they understand,” summarised Mrs. Harvey.

At the end of a fruitful day of debates, Kurt Vandenberghe, Director in DG Research and Innovation, concluded that this event marked the start of a multi-stakeholder dialogue that will seek to put nature-based solutions on the political agenda, and cooperation for co-designing solutions and bringing them to the market. He underlined the need to scale up nature-based solutions to EU and international level turning the environment into a source for green growth and more jobs capitalising on existing knowledge and experiences.


Documents of the meeting



Tue., 05th of May. 2015
EESC/COR - Jacques Delors Building, Rue Belliard 99, Brussels
Ensuring a non-toxic circular economy - Promotion of material cycles without hazardous substances
Tue., 05th of May. 2015
European Parliament - Brussels
Access to Water: A public good and a human right
Wed., 29th of Apr. 2015
European Parliament - Strasbourg
Circular Economy and Packaging: The role of Extended Producer Responsibility
Thu., 23th of Apr. 2015
Where’s the Bioeconomy? Update your knowledge
Tue., 10th of Mar. 2015
European Parliament, Strasbourg
Integrating CO₂ in the Value Chain - The role of chemistry
Tue., 03th of Mar. 2015
European Economic and Social Committee
“Apiculture and Bee Health” Working Group - Kick-off Meeting
Thu., 12th of Feb. 2015
European Parliament - Strasbourg
Positioning Europe in Global Research - Priorities to achieve sustainable solutions
Tue., 03th of Feb. 2015
European Parliament - Brussels
Raw materials and decarbonisation: The way forward for European lime sector
Wed., 03th of Dec. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels
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