Editorial

Dear readers,

We hope that you enjoy this February newsletter highlighting our first activities of the year and providing a sneak peek of what is to come.   

The EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" held its first meeting of the year on 12 January under the "Agriculture & Water Management" working group where MEPs, Commission, and stakeholders gathered to discuss the contribution of Water to Circular Economy, highlighting best practices of water reuse from across Europe.

Following this, the "Apiculture and Bee Health" working group met on 4 February in Strasbourg to kick off the organisation for the European Bee Week 2016, which will take place from 13 to 17 of June in Brussels - save the date!

You will in this issue find the summary reports of these meetings. 

In addition, don't forget to scroll down and check out the upcoming Intergroup events on forest management, biodiversity in EU Overseas, and the events supported by the Intergroup on natural capital & ecosystem services, and the issue of glyphosate.

Enjoy the reading!

The Secretariat

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Past Events: January/February 

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The Contribution of Water to Circular Economy - Practices of water reuse across Europe

The Contribution of Water to Circular Economy - Practices of water reuse across Europe

In light of the newly presented Circular Economy Package, EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the contribution of water and the potential of water reuse across Europe. MEP Michel Dantin gathered policy-makers and stakeholders on the 12th of January in the European Parliament, Brussels to highlight national best practices of water reuse from the Netherlands, …

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‘Apiculture and Bee Health’ Working Group

‘Apiculture and Bee Health’ Working Group

Mariya Gabriel MEP and Chair of the working group on “Apiculture and Bee Health” of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” gathered MEPs on the 4th of February in the European Parliament, Strasbourg to discuss the 5th edition of the European Week of the Bee and Pollination, which is taking place 13-17 June 2016 in Brussels. …

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Upcoming Events

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Innovating with Nature

Innovating with Nature

On 1 March, OpenNESS together with OPERAs project and the European Commission DG Research & Innovation, organises a policy day entitled "Innovating with Nature - Natural capital and ecosystem services for sustainable EU policies". OpenNESS aims to translate the concept of Natural Capital (NC) and Ecosystem Services (ES) into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integrating …

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GLYPHOSATE – YES or NO? Re-Approval of the World’s Most Popular Chemical

GLYPHOSATE – YES or NO? Re-Approval of the World’s Most Popular Chemical

RNDr. Pavel Poc, MEP will on Wednesday 2 March host an event in the European Parliament dedicated to glyphosate. In 2015 the European Food Safety Authority and the EU Member States finalised the re-assessment of glyphosate, the active substance in the most widely used herbicide. The report concludes that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans. In …

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Managing European Forests Responsibly - for People, Climate and Nature

Managing European Forests Responsibly - for People, Climate and Nature

On the 5th of April a Conference Debate followed by the opening ceremony of an Exhibition will take place in the European Parliament. 40% of EU land mass is covered with forests of which 30% belongs to the European States and is managed by State Forest Management Organizations. The functions of European forests are manifold and they deliver important economic, …

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Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation - A NetBiome Roadmap for EU (sub)Tropical Overseas

Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation - A NetBiome Roadmap for EU (sub)Tropical Overseas

On 6th of April, the NetBiome-CSA partnership will travel to the European Parliament to showcase how Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories can advance biodiversity conservation in support of sustainable development. The International Conference “Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation - A NetBiome Roadmap for European (sub)Tropical Overseas" will be a unique opportunity to discuss, with experts and policy makers, the …

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For more information on the Intergroup visit the website or contact Paolo Mattana, 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.