The EU’s target of halting biodiversity loss by 2020 remains a serious challenge. Europe’s biodiversity continues to be dangerously eroded through habitat loss, pollution, overexploitation of resources, invasive alien species and climate change. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
On 14 September 2016, the EEB’s Actions for Nature conference at the Committee of the Regions saw 20 speakers and 14 panelists from NGOs, the European Commission, Member States, and the private sector take a look at how targeted, well-crafted and well-enforced policies can turn this around. Taking place just before the Commission is set to publish the findings of its two year long in-depth evaluation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, the conference provided a timely forum for discussion.