Eurogroup welcomes today’s adoption of the draft report on the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 by the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The report, drafted by Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP, calls for biodiversity to be considered and integrated in all other EU policy fields including the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which are currently being reviewed. This vote sends a strong message on the interconnectivity of fisheries, land use, health, welfare and trade policy and the need for a holistic approach to biodiversity conservation.
The report also highlights the animal welfare issues related to biodiversity conservation and calls for further policy integration with animal welfare, animal health and trade, and an acknowledgment of the role wildlife trade and disease play in contributing to biodiversity loss.
Prevention of the loss of biodiversity was also acknowledged as a priority measure and the most cost-effective way to tackle biodiversity loss due to the introduction of invasive alien species (IAS). Member States and the Commission were also called on to monitor and report on imports of exotic species and to consider proposals for banning the trade in wild-caught animals. Last but not least, greater emphasis is placed on reducing the negative impacts of EU consumption that contributes to biodiversity loss by promoting sustainable agriculture through inclusion of safeguards in trade agreements.
“We welcome the commitment of Mr Gerbrandy and the European Parliament to this issue and their belief that the Commission can no longer just put words on a piece of paper. By 2020 we must deliver results if we are to be credible to future generations and the European Commission and Council must now take notice and act to ensure that biodiversity is protected in every Member State and through a reduction in our global footprint,” said Staci McLennan, Policy Officer – Wildlife at Eurogroup for Animals.
“The Parliament has listened to our concerns and recognised the connections between biodiversity and the welfare of wildlife sending a clear signal to the European Commission that EU legislation needs to take this into account,” she concluded.