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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 (featured 4-7 April) took 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. …

‘Apiculture and Bee Health’ Working Group

On Tuesday the 22nd of March, Mariya Gabriel, MEP and chair of the “Apiculture and Bee Health” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” hosted a breakfast meeting with Parliamentarians and the European Commission to provide an exchange of views on the state of …

The 21st century is Bioeconomy: will Europe lead?

On Thursday the 17th of March, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP and chair of the “Bioeconomy” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” organised a breakfast meeting in the European Parliament to gather Parliamentarians to discuss along with Mr. John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, DG RTD …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …