Editorial

Dear readers,

With summer quickly approaching the first term of 2017 officially comes to an end. The EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" has thus far organised a total of 13 meetings in the European Parliament, with many more to come after the summer break!

The past weeks have brought policy-makers and stakeholders together to discuss on a range of issues across the working groups such as bees and biodiversity, water and sanitation, the ocean and innovative fishing techniques, the agri-environment-climate measures as well as forests and bioeconomy. You will below find the reports and presentations of all past events. 

You can already Save the Date for the event: Copernicus Marine Service: An EU asset for sustainable oceans - 26 September 2017! 

Please note that our office will be closed from 14th to 18th of August.

We wish you a relaxing and joyful summer break!

The Secretariat

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PAST EVENTS

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Bees & Biodiversity: new cooperations

Bees & Biodiversity: new cooperations

Launched in 2012, the European Week of Bees and Pollination takes place annually at the European Parliament, bringing together representatives of the European and national institutions, beekeepers, farmers, animal health specialists, scientists, NGOs and the industry. Through discussions and other interactive activities, participants can exchange views, discuss recent developments related to bee health and the beekeeping sector across the continent …

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Pulse gear – A more sustainable alternative for traditional beam trawling?

Pulse gear – A more sustainable alternative for traditional beam trawling?

The pulse trawl is a fishing gear that uses low electrical pulses to help catch target species such as sole and shrimp. This technique is considered by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) to be a more sustainable alternative to the traditional beam trawl. From the start the pulse gear …

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Solidarity in Water - SDG 6 on water & sanitation

Solidarity in Water - SDG 6 on water & sanitation

Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a comprehensive, universal and inclusive sustainable development framework. SDG 6 particularly underlines the importance of water and sanitation taking into account the need to involve local communities and authorities. SDG 6 addresses the issues relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, but also the quality and sustainability of water resources worldwide. …

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Forest-based Bioeconomy and EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy

Forest-based Bioeconomy and EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy

Policy-makers, academics, forest-based industries, and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament for an exchange on the upcoming EU Bioeconomy Strategy and the role that forest-based bioeconomy plays in Europe. Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP and Chair of the “Bioeconomy” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” welcomed participants by recalling the importance of having sustainable biomass …

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Supporting the Implementation of SDG 14

Supporting the Implementation of SDG 14

  One week before the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 was convened in New York, policy-makers, international organizations, industries, NGOs, and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the state of play of the Ocean Conference and highlight issues to be put forward. Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Chair of the …

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Implementation of the agri-environment-climate measures

Implementation of the agri-environment-climate measures

Policy-makers, farmers, land owners, stakeholders, citizens, and scientists gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the implementation of agri-environment-climate measures, their contribution to a more sustainable farming sector as well as their trade-offs and limitations. Angélique Delahaye MEP and Chair of the “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” welcomed …

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Copernicus Marine Service: An EU asset for sustainable oceans

Copernicus Marine Service: An EU asset for sustainable oceans

On Tuesday 26 September Pavel Poc MEP and Chair of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” will co-host together with MEP Françoise Grossetête and MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos, Chair of the working group on “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services” the event entitled "Copernicus Marine Service: An EU asset for sustainable oceans". This session is part of the Copernicus Marine week (25th to 29th September): a week-long dedicated event, each day covering different themes, from science to operations, and from R&D to production...

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NEWS FROM THE SECRETARIAT

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New face in the Intergroup Secretariat

New face in the Intergroup Secretariat

Stella Reschke joined the Secretariat in May 2017, taking over from Paolo Mattana. As EU Affairs Manager, she serves as Secretary of the Intergroup and coordinates the work with her colleague Lynn Sundelius.  Previously working as Programme Officer for Sustainability in ANEC, the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation, she dealt with various topics including ecodesign, smart energy systems and circular …

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For more information on the Intergroup visit the website or contact Stella Reschke, Secretariat of the
Intergroup.

The Secretariat of the EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" is managed by EBCD, the European Bureau for Conservation and Development.


The views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of EBCD. The EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development" brings together Parliamentarians, EU and international policy-makers and stakeholders to debate and form ideas and policies in a cross-sectoral and cross-party manner by allowing exchanges of different and sometimes divergent opinions.