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EU-wide monitoring framework for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

EU-wide monitoring framework for biodiversity and ecosystem services. EuropaBON aims to design an EU-wide monitoring framework for biodiversity and ecosystem services.  Building the EuropaBON framework requires engaging stakeholders at all stages of the design process. This continuous process starts with identifying user and policy needs for biodiversity monitoring, as laid out in this re...
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European Commission seeks views on strengthening actions to reverse the decline of pollinating insects

 European Commission seeks views on strengthening actions to reverse the decline of pollinating insects Recently the European Commission launched an open public consultation on the revision of the EU Pollinators Initiative, the EU framework to tackle the decline of wild pollinators. The revision will contribute to the efforts of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to put Europe's biodiversity o...
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EU guidance on new protected areas to help put Europe’s nature on path to recovery by 2030

EU guidance on new protected areas to help put Europe’s nature on path to recovery by 2030 The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 sets the target of protecting 30% of EU land and sea by 2030. One third of this, areas of very high biodiversity and climate value, should be under strict protection. To help Member States achieve these targets and develop a coherent, transnational network, the Comm...
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Transformative solutions to protect the planet’s biodiversity

Transformative solutions to protect the planet’s biodiversity To meet the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, researchers have proposed five strategies for protecting the global ecosystem. 1. Prioritize biodiversity work that can strengthen societal transitions. This means supporting innovations that link people with nature, working across research fields to stimulate the creat...
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Impact of land use on vegetation productivity in Europe

Impact of land use on vegetation productivity in Europe Ecosystem degradation threatens biodiversity and resilience to climate change, and tackling it is a major goal of EU environmental policy. Vegetation productivity is a key indicator of ecosystem condition and can be used to monitor the effects of climate, land use and land use change. From 2000 to 2016, productivity in Europe showed a region...
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Loss of Ireland’s biodiversity is accelerating

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating Ireland is missing its chance to protect its dwindling biodiversity with several iconic species of bird, fish and mammals under threat.  Globally, the loss of our natural world is proceeding in an unprecedented manner, with a human handprint leaving one million species under the threat of extinction. This is the stark finding of a landmark 2019 UN a...
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G7 Climate and Environment: Ministers’ Communiqué

G7 Climate and Environment: Ministers’ Communiqué, 21st May As we continue to address the ongoing pandemic, we acknowledge with grave concern that the unprecedented and interdependent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss pose an existential threat to nature, people, prosperity and security. We recognise that some of the key drivers of global biodiversity loss and climate change are the ...
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Peatland restoration promises climate and biodiversity solutions

Peatland restoration promises climate and biodiversity solutions Peatland restoration is one of the most promising solutions to the dual climate and biodiversity crises in Ireland, an Oireachtas Committee heard today. Speaking before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action (JOCCA), Dr. Catherine Farrell of Trinity College Dublin stressed that restoring peatlands is “one of, if not the nu...
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Biodiversity: Revolutionary change in economic relations to better take into account the contribution of nature to the economy

Biodiversity: Revolutionary change in economic relations to better take into account the contribution of nature to the economy A new statistical framework to better take into account biodiversity and ecosystems in national economic planning and political decision-making, approved last week at the United Nations (UN), allows countries around the world to use a common set of rules and methods for m...
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Environmental coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee

Environmental coalition ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from agri-food committee Ireland’s coalition of environmental groups has “reluctantly withdrawn” from the Agri-Food 2030 Strategy Committee having concluded a draft strategy “is woefully inadequate to meet the social and environmental challenges we face”.  The Environmental Pillar (EP) had been a member of the Department of Agriculture-established c...
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