Editorial

Dear readers,

The EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" welcomed April by organising a total of five meetings on some of this year’s most pressing issues. 

The month kicked off on 6 April with the NetBiome network gathering in the European Parliament to discuss the importance of biodiversity research cooperation and how to continue promoting sustainable development in European Overseas. 

In light of the Circular Economy Package MEP Miriam Dalli convened on 7 April stakeholders along the plastic value chain to discuss the role of plastics in this important package and what measures will be necessary to ensure a circular plastic economy.  

On 19 of April MEP Christel Schaldemose gathered the "Arctic" working group by hosting a breakfast meeting to discuss climate change in the Arctic region and assess the implications of the Paris Agreement.

With regards to the recently published EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, and with the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties at the end of September, MEP Pavel Poc brought together on 20 April high-level experts in the domain of wildlife conservation to discuss the pivotal role that local communities play in wildlife management.

Lastly, a conference-debate took place on 28 April in collaboration with the Long-Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup of the European Parliament discussing the importance of investing in the water sector, with the participation of the Dutch Presidency of the European Council, the European Commission, the EIB and OECD.

To find out more about the meetings and their outcomes you will in this issue find the press releases and summary reports on all of the above mentioned topics.

In addition, don't forget to scroll down and check out the upcoming Intergroup events for next month!

Enjoy the reading!

The Secretariat

 

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Past Events: April 

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Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation

Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation

Policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to engage with the NetBiome network, which highlighted the need to face the challenges of conserving the rich biodiversity found in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories. It called upon Europe to reconcile nature protection with sustainable human development by bringing together civil society, the scientific community, companies, and …

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The Future of Plastic Materials in the European Circular Economy

The Future of Plastic Materials in the European Circular Economy

Policy-makers, regional authorities, industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders along the plastic value chain were gathered by MEP Miriam Dalli to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the role of plastics in the circular economy. Miriam Dalli, MEP and Chair of the “Circular Economy” Working Group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” welcomed the participants by …

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Climate Change and the Arctic: The implications of the Paris Agreement for the Arctic Region

Climate Change and the Arctic: The implications of the Paris Agreement for the Arctic Region

Policy-makers, representatives from the Arctic regions, civil society, and stakeholders were brought together by MEP Christel Schaldemose and MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki at a breakfast meeting in the European Parliament to discuss climate change in the Arctic and assess the implications of the Paris Agreement for the Arctic, including the role of indigenous communities. Anneli Jäätteenmäki MEP welcomed the participants by …

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Poachers or Protectors? Local Communities at the Frontline of Conservation

Poachers or Protectors? Local Communities at the Frontline of Conservation

The European Parliament welcomed high-level experts in the domain of wildlife conservation to discuss the role of local communities in wildlife management. The experts, primarily members of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), highlighted that legal and sustainable wildlife trade can support wildlife conservation and contribute to sustainable development. The importance of wildlife management, use and trade to …

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The Need for Long-Term Investments in the Water Sector

The Need for Long-Term Investments in the Water Sector

The European Parliament welcomed representatives working in the domain of water to discuss the importance of ensuring long-term investments in the sector and how they can best be materialised. It was stressed that investing in water is essential for sustainable growth also highlighting the complexity of ensuring the best use of finances particularly underlining the need to allocate risks and …

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Upcoming Events

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New Tools for Farming in the Circular Economy

New Tools for Farming in the Circular Economy

26/5. As the world’s population continues to grow, it will become increasingly important to meet rising food demand in a sustainable way – using less resources and with fewer impacts on the environment. One of the most important policy objectives in the coming years will be to ensure that farmers have access to the innovative tools needed in order to meet the …

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Bees caring for Europeans. Europeans caring for bees?

Bees caring for Europeans. Europeans caring for bees?

14/6. Since 2012, the European Week of Bees and Pollinators takes place annually in the European Parliament offering the opportunity for representatives of the European institutions, national institutions, of the beekeeping sector, farmers, NGOs, Scientifics from all fields related to bees and biodiversity stakeholders to meet to exchange views, discuss the current challenges and formulate recommendations to be addressed to …

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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.