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 …

Towards sustainable management and trade possibilities of seal products

Following the decision by the WTO Appellate Body the EU must now change its seal trade regime and comply with the decision at the latest by 18 October 2015. In February 2015 the European Commission has presented a proposal to ban trade in products from seals taken in EU waters. …

EP Intergroup Newsletter January 2015: Editorial

Dear readers, We wish you a very happy and successful New Year! In December the European Parliament officialised the establishment of 28 Intergroups for the mandate 2014-2019. The Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” got officially re-established for the 5th consecutive parliamentary term since its creation in 1994. …