RECOMS fellow provides input to EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 formulation

RECOMS fellow, Rubén​ Vezzoni provided input to the public consultation of the formulation of the upcoming EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. Rubén argued that the strategy should address more the main drivers of biodiversity loss among other points.

From late December 2019 till late January 2020, the European Commission has had a public consultation enabling feedbacks to its policy for “safeguarding nature – EU 2030 biodiversity strategy” that ultimately will define the EU's biodiversity direction in the upcoming 10 years. Rubén Vezzoni was among the 328 feedback providers during the consultation.

His arguments can be summarised as, the EU Biodiversity Strategy introduces a coherent narrative in the institutional debate that responds to the increasing need of EU citizens for environmental justice. However, it: 

  • doesn't address the main drivers of environmental degradation,
  • assumes that the major drivers of biodiversity loss “cannot be addressed by individual Member States alone”, but a higher degree of independence of regional (both national and international) cases of nature conservation would improve the effectiveness of the biodiversity strategy. Wolf protection is a valid example of it.
  • doesn't assure any relevant additional funding for conservation. Environmental degradation in all its forms is the consequence of an unsustainable economic system. The EU needs a revolution of its economic approach on public finances. “The Europe’s man on the moon moment” is a nice motto, but to reach the moon you need space rockets not kick scooters.

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