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EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – towards implementation

The European Parliament adopts resolution on the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy The resolution, which was adopted on Friday 20 April 2012, is a follow-up to 'Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020' as tabled by the European Commission in May 2011. "The services that nature provides us with, like clean water, clean air, fertile soil, food, are not only crucial for the well-being of human kind, they also represent an astronomical economic value. According to economists, each year we lose 3% of GDP due to the loss of biodiversity. That costs the EU €450 billion year after year. Compared to these figures, investing €5.8 billion per year in Natura 2000 is a bargain!" said rapporteur Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL). The European Parliament emphasises that the loss of biodiversity "has devastating economic costs for society which until now have not been integrated sufficiently into economic and other policies". "The real key to this issue is not this new strategy, but, rather, the forthcoming reforms of the common agricultural and fisheries policies and the multiannual financial framework (MFF)", the resolution says. • European Parliament Resolution of 20 April 2012 EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – towards implementation The Council (ENV) adopted conclusions on the implementation of the EU 2020 biodiversity Strategy at its meeting on 19 December 2011. These conclusions constitute the second political response of the Council, intervening in the context of ongoing negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020 and at a time when other EU policies which are relevant to the achievement of the EU biodiversity headline target by 2020 - in particular the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy and the Cohesion Policy - are undergoing a reform process. Without prejudging the outcomes of these negotiations, the Council stressed the need to integrate biodiversity concerns into all EU and national sectoral policies, in order to reverse the continuing trends of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation

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