Redefining Integrated Pest Management

– Press Release – Experts gathered in the European Parliament to discuss integrated pest management. EU policy-makers, environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and industry agree that there is no need to redefine Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the Sustainable Use Directive. Yet, it is crucial to start involving farmers in the …

Marine Litter Impact on Oceanic Ecosystems

Policy makers, academic researches and representatives from the civil society got together on Wednesday July the 1st in the European Parliament, to discuss the issue of marine litter in the event entitled “Marine Litter Impact on Oceanic Ecosystems – Problems & Solutions”, chaired by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos.  Ricardo Serrão …

The Role of Biowaste in the Emerging Circular Economy

– Press Release – Stakeholders highlighted the key role that biowaste will have in the emerging circular economy and called upon EU decision-makers to support the proper management of biowaste as it will contribute to a more sustainable and resource-efficient Europe. “Proper management of biowaste should be at the core …

Fisheries Governance & Biodiversity Conservation

– Press Release – IUCN’s fisheries expert called the European Parliament and European Commission to give more attention to the need for joint governance of fisheries and biodiversity conservation and to reinforce support to the social aspects of fisheries as the sector has now to face strong pressure groups with …

The Role of Communities in Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade

– Press Release – International experts called upon EU decision-makers to acknowledge the pivotal role of communities in supporting wildlife conservation – including the combat against wildlife crime – in their forthcoming strategies and action plans. “We need to harness political will in the right way, in the long-term for …

Banking Nature: will putting a price on nature protect it?

23/06, Brussels – Nature is in crisis. If we continue to lose biodiversity at the present speed and scale, the future provision of the most basic of human needs such as food, clean water and clean air could be at risk. As the EU mounts new legislation and new funds …

Ensuring a non-toxic circular economy

On Tuesday 5th of May, policy-makers and stakeholders were brought together by the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Swedish Ministry of Environment and Energy, to discuss the importance of ensuring a non-toxic …

Green Infrastructure: A European Success Story

Green Infrastructure enables nature to deliver a range of benefits to ecosystems and people, including for health and quality of life. They are key to driving jobs and growth while tackling our environmental challenges head on. Many success cases demonstrate the value of investing in Green Infrastructure. That is why …

Circular Economy and Packaging: The role of EPR

The packaged goods supply chain has already made significant progress towards a Circular Economy, though there is potential to unlock further growth, investment and innovation with a harmonised and clear EU legislative framework. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes to recycle and recover used packaging are established in most Member States. …

Access to Water: A public good and a human right

The Water Framework Directive states that ‘water is not a commercial product like any other but, rather, a heritage which must be protected, defended and treated as such’. Water and sanitation are a human right that depends on the availability of an essential and scarce resource. Access to water is …