Recently, I got some interesting news from France: the French Assemblée Nationale has decided upon a resolution on the (planned) EU No Net Loss Initiative. For more information see the article “L’assemblée Nationale publie le rapport sur l’initiative envisagée par la Commission européenne pour atteindre l’objectif “Aucune perte nette de biodiversité” (in French).
Obviously, the French Assemblée nationale has voted for a “proposition de resolution europeenne sur l’initiative envisagee par la commission europeenne pour atteindre l’objectif “Aucune perte nette de biodiversite” (EU No Net Loss Initiative). But I am not sure what this actually means, seen that the EU No Net Loss Initiative is to be established in 2015 only and not yet. Please follow the link to the Resolution of 14 November 2014 of the Assemblée nationale or see the pdf following: RÉSOLUTION EUROPÉENNE sur l’initiative envisagée par la Commission européenne pour atteindre l’objectif Aucune perte nette de biodiversité.
What are the implications of this resolution?
As I don’t know too much about the French context, I asked some French colleagues to clarify for me what this action is good for — nationally and at European level (whether this is kind of an anticipated implementation of a likely EU directive at French national level or a strong signal to the EU what the EU initiative should look like?)
This has led to the conclusion that the Assemblée Nationale has sent this resolution as a contribution to the consultation launched by the European Commission.
In summary, the French deputés:
- want European environmental directives to be strenghtened and the mitigation hierarchy to be applied strictly,
- clearly say no to voluntary offsets and yes to like-for-like and on-site offsets,
- think that the concept of ‘promoting market instruments’ should be clarified”,
- are quite reluctant to develop offset measures on ecosystem services given the difficulties we still have to properly evaluate such services.
For the those of you, who can read and understand French, here’s the link to the webpage of the Assemblée nationale including the rapporteure’s report and the proceeedings of the debates.