Convention on Biological Diversity: Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The recently published Zero Draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework was discussed during the last round of negotiations, taking place in Rome, 24-29 February, under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The year 2020 will end with the adoption of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, consisting of 20 short-term Targets …

Towards implementation of OECMs in the Marine Capture Fishery Sector

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published the Report of the Expert Meeting on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the Marine Capture Fishery Sector held in Rome, 7-10 May 2019. The meeting, which aimed to catalyze and consolidate expert advice on the identification and establishment of OECMs in …

What’s next for biodiversity, globally and in Europe? Follow-up of the CBD COP14

On Wednesday 30th of January, Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP, Chair of the “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” hosted the event: What’s next for biodiversity, globally and in Europe?Follow-up of the CBD COP14   At CBD COP14 last November in Sharm …

Healthier oceans and human beings: Sponges as “engine” of the deep sea

On Tuesday 6 November 2018, Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP, Chair of the “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” hosted the event: “Healthier oceans and human beings: Sponges as “engine” of the deep sea” in the European Parliament.   Sponge grounds are one …

The Value of Biodiversity in the Agri-Food Chain

Key stakeholders in the agri-food chain were brought together by MEP Angélique Delahaye to discuss the importance of promoting biodiversity throughout the chain. This meeting was held as a follow-up to a previous working group event that took place in May, which tackled the topic of biodiversity in food production.  …

Bees caring for Europeans. Europeans caring for Bees?

The European Week of Bees and Pollination, which was initiated in 2012, celebrated this year its 5th anniversary. The annual event offers the opportunity for representatives of the EU institutions, Member States, the beekeeping sector, farmers, NGOs, the scientific community, and industry from fields related to bees and biodiversity to …

New Tools for Farming in the Circular Economy: Creating a Single Market for the Fertilising Products that Farmers Need?

 “Agriculture is not old-fashioned but in fact an innovative and modern sector” Jan Huitema MEP Policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the recently updated Fertilisers Regulation underlining that the creation of a single market is crucial in order to provide businesses and farmers with the variety …

The Value of Biodiversity for Agriculture

Hosted by Angélique Delahaye MEP Chair of the “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” Biodiversity is a vital aspect of agriculture, as it is the origin of all species of crops and domesticated livestock. Biodiversity and agriculture are therefore …

Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation – A NetBiome Roadmap for European (sub)Tropical Overseas

“The Netbiome partnership is a unique example of a research network built by and for the EU Overseas”   – José Azevedo, project coordinator 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 …

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 …