When was it released: October 16, 2015
By whom: Sanya Khetani-Shah
The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 was endorsed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States in 2010 to take action on the key causes of biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystem services (namely, poor implementation of existing laws, deterioration and loss of ecosystems, unsustainable agriculture, unsustainable fisheries, invasive alien species and the ecological footprint of the EU).
The goal is to halt the loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services in the EU and restore them, as well as stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.
While we still have five years left to achieve this, not enough has been done so far to put the EU and Member States on the right track. Here’s what needs to be done in the next few years in order for them to have a chance of making the 2020 strategy a success.