With the adoption of its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy the EU has made a commitment to halt “the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible”. To reach this goal the European Commission works towards an initiative to ensure there is no net loss of ecosystems and their services (e.g. through compensation or offsetting schemes) by 2015. This action is accompanied by a public consultation on the planned No Net Loss Initiative (see my previous post for more details). The discussion on the introduction of biodiversity offsets as part of this initiative is very lively and controversial: some expect a European legal framework on biodiversity offsets would set minimum standards to protect and restore the normal landscape outside protected areas, others fear that this would foster even more development and environmental degradation.
This post is the fourth and last in a short-run series on the Biodiversity Offset Blog encouraging you to have your say on the consultation on the EU No Net Loss Initiative until Friday, October17 (consultation closes) and to help you to make an informed decision.
Today is the final day of the consultation on the EU No Net Loss Initiative!
The core of the proposed No Net Loss Initiative focuses on compensation for environmental impacts and biodiversity offsets. One of the most important questions to be answered through the consultation is whether the implementation of a No Net Loss Initiative will occur through mandatory legal stipulations, or voluntary compliance, i.e. a European regulation or directive vs. a communication or guidance.
If you have a clear answer or statement to this or not, strongly support a European framework on biodiversity offsetting or are completely opposed to it – don’t hesitate to have your say before the consultation closes – even if it’s a MAYBE! Your concerns, requirements and comments will help shape this initiative to the best possible outcome.
More from the short-run series on the consultation on the EU No Net Loss Initiative
The short-run series on the Biodiversity Offsets Blog on the consultation on the EU No Net Loss Initiative includes the following posts:
1. Consultation on the EU No Net Loss Initiative: Biodiversity offsetting can, under certain circumstances, improve nature and biodiversity conservation — a comment by Heidi Wittmer
4. Have your say – even if it’s a MAYBE: Consultation on the EU No Net Loss Initiative closes today! (this post)