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Event Conference on “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”: A common agenda to 2020 and beyond

Less than two years remain until the end of 2020 - the deadline to deliver on the biodiversity targets set by the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the EU Biodiversity strategy to 2020. Yet, recent reports indicate that humanity is not on track to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services (See reports of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)).

Biodiversity is essential for human wellbeing, the economy, as well as for our society’s capacity to address climate change and to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The EU and its Member States are taking stock of efforts and achievements in their 6th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Debates are also gaining momentum on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as part of the process launched at the 14th UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties to the CBD in November 2018.

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Period [23/05/2019 - 24/05/2019]
Host European Commission
Contact person András Demeter and Marija Sabljak;

THURSDAY, 23 MAY 2019 AFTERNOON (14:00 – 18:30) 

EU High-Level Conference on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Solvay Library, Brussels

Rue Belliard 137A, 1000 Brussels

This high-level session will bring together EU policy-makers and stakeholders in order to take stock of achievements in the field of nature and biodiversity conservation and restoration during this Commission. It will address the role of nature and biodiversity for society, reflect on the state of biodiversity in the EU and globally, and contemplate challenges for the future.  

The session will also mark the 40th Anniversary of the EU Birds Directive, followed by a dinner reception. 


 FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2019, ALL DAY (9:15 – 17:30)

Stakeholder Consultation on the Final Evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020
European Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Rooms JDE 51 and JDE52, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Brussels

The second day of the EU Biodiversity Conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Stakeholders and decision-makers within, as well as beyond, the environment and conservation community will discuss and reflect on achievements, factors of success as well as barriers to implementation and progress towards the targets.

A special side-session in the afternoon will be dedicated to Communicating biodiversity.

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