Editorial

Dear readers,

The European Parliament Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development" has had a busy start to the year with many fruitful discussions and is looking forward to the many debates to come. 

The year kicked off with a lunch debate on the 12 January discussing The Role of Bioeconomy in the Circular Economy - Taking circularity beyond waste, which was co-hosted by MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Chair of the working group on "Bioeconomy" and MEP Miriam Dalli, Chair of the working group on the "Circular Economy".

On the 24 January MEP Elisabeth Köstinger, Chair of the working group on "Sustainable Forest Management" hosted the breakfast debate Forests & Climate: The Impact of Forests and Forestry on the EU Climate and Energy Policy discussing the ongoing dossier in the Parliament on LULUCF with Mr. Artur Runge-Metzger, Director for “Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from non-trading sectors” at the European Commission, DG CLIMA, along with stakeholders. 

Moving into February, stakeholders gathered on the 1st of the month for the conference entitled "Water Governance across Europe - In Light of the Review of the Water Framework Directive" hosted by MEP Michel Dantin, Chair of the working group on "Agriculture & Water Management".

On the 28 February MEP and Vice-Chair Julie Girling hosted the debate entitled UNFCCC COP22: Debrief and Next Steps providing insights to the outcomes of Marrakech and what the EU can further do to progress on implementing the Paris Agreement. 

Looking to the month of March, don't miss the upcoming events A different kind of growth: Europe taking the lead? on 8 March and Sustainable Management of Water in Agriculture on 21 March taking place in the European Parliament. 

You will find all the information on past and upcoming events here below.

Enjoy the reading!

The Secretariat

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Recent Events

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The Role of Bioeconomy in the Circular Economy

The Role of Bioeconomy in the Circular Economy

Policy-makers, industry representatives and stakeholders active in the field of bioeconomy gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the pivotal role of the bioeconomy in the circular economy and how to better harness its potential within the EU Circular Economy Strategy and in Europe. Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP and Chair of the “Bioeconomy” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate …

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Forests & Climate: The Impact of Forests and Forestry on the EU Climate and Energy Policy

Forests & Climate: The Impact of Forests and Forestry on the EU Climate and Energy Policy

Policy-makers, experts, foresters, and civil society gathered in the European Parliament to illustrate and discuss the contribution that the forest sector can provide to climate change mitigation, and how this can be effectively implemented at the European level. Elisabeth Köstinger MEP and chair of the “Sustainable Forest Management” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable …

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Water Governance across Europe

Water Governance across Europe

Policy-makers, international organizations, industry, local authorities and civil society gathered in the European Parliament on the 1st of February 2017 to identify practices of good governance to improve the application of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Michel Dantin MEP and Chair of the “Agriculture and Water Management” Working Group of the EP Intergroup welcomed participants by emphasising that in the …

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UNFCCC COP22: Debrief and Next Steps

UNFCCC COP22: Debrief and Next Steps

On Tuesday 28 February Julie Girling MEP and Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development" hosted the entitled event UNFCCC COP22: Debrief and Next Steps. In 2015 at COP21 the historical Paris Agreement was agreed upon, which outlines a legally binding global climate target, which was agreed upon by all 196 member parties. The Paris Agreement …

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Upcoming Events

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A different kind of growth: Europe taking the lead?

A different kind of growth: Europe taking the lead?

On Wednesday 8 March Pavel Poc MEP and Chair of the EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development" in collaboration with The Club of Rome will host the debate "A different kind of growth: Europe taking the lead?". Economic growth used to give considerable social and material progress in the past decennia. It was a remarkable step forward …

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Sustainable Management of Water in Agriculture

Sustainable Management of Water in Agriculture

On Tuesday 21 March Michel Dantin MEP and Chair of the "Agriculture & Water Management" working group is hosting the event entitled Sustainable Management of Water in Agriculture - Addressing pressure from agriculture to achieve the goals of the WFD. At a time where agriculture accounts for 44% of water abstraction in Europe and where climate change increases water stresses, the supply of …

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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.