A new strategy to halt biodiversity loss: EC Communication to Council and Parliament
The European Commission has adopted on 3 May 2011 an ambitious new strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU by 2020.
The press release and the Communication itself ("Our life insurance, our natural capital: An EU biodiversity to 2020") are available at
The Strategy contains six main targets, and 20 actions to help Europe reach its goal. Biodiversity loss is an enormous challenge in the EU, with around one in four species currently threatened with extinction and 88% of fish stocks over-exploited or significantly depleted.
The Strategy is in line with two commitments made by EU leaders in March 2010 – halting the loss of biodiversity in the EU by 2020, and protecting, valuing and restoring EU biodiversity and ecosystem services by 2050. It is also in line with global commitments made in Nagoya in October 2010, in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity, where world leaders adopted a package of measures to address global biodiversity loss over the coming decade.