This intergroup serves as the key stakeholder platform within the European Parliament
to affirm the significant role of rural actors and the socio-economic importance of countryside activities
Since its first establishment in 1985, the Intergroup had the capacity to gain the active support of hundreds of MEPs from all parts of the political spectrum, and to promote excellent dialogue between decision makers and stakeholders on wildlife conservation, sustainable hunting as well as the sustainable management of the countryside and cultural heritage.
Strasbourg, 13 February 2020 – The “Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside” Intergroup held its constitutive meeting and agreed on the President Álvaro Amaro, 7 Vice-Presidents and a Secretary General for the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. View in detail the Intergroup composition.
The next EU Forest Strategy will be at the core of the EU Green Deal implementation. It is scheduled for 2021 but already forestry management is being discussed as part of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. In terms of biodiversity preservation, old-growth forests have been put forward in particular. The European Commission is aiming at implementing a closer to nature type of management to contribute to biodiversity protection. The European Parliament just adopted The European Forest Strategy – The Way Forward own-initiative report with a large majority asking it to ensure that forests can continue to play a multifunctional role. Forests are suffering: they are hot, they are thirsty, they are sick. Faced with the magnitude of this crisis, foresters are helpless. How can the EU answer the challenges ahead?
The conference discussed opportunities and challenges for the “Farm to Fork” Strategy, one of the main pillars of the EU Green Deal recently unveiled by the European Commission.
On 20 May 2020, the Commission accompanied its Communication on the “Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system” with an Action Plan of 27 legislatives and non-legislative measures, to be taken forward in a timespan from 2020 to 2024.
Although it will be for the concrete initiatives to detail the content of the measures, the strategy already sets a number of steps to be taken and certain targets to be achieved. The strategy states that a shift to a sustainable food system can bring environmental, health and social benefits, offer economic gains and ensure biodiversity targets are met. As underlined in the strategy, the transition into a sustainable food system needs to be supported by a consistent Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that must be aligned with the objectives of the Green Deal.
During the conference, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), European Commission officials and relevant stakeholders provided their views on the ambitious path to a sustainable food chain which will require necessary nature conservation actions.
Land managers and hunters, in particular, will shared their expectations on how to effectively implement the “Farm to Fork” Strategy which is aimed at establishing a new and better balance of nature, food systems and biodiversity, and at the same time to increase the EU’s competitiveness and resilience. Halting the biodiversity loss and conserving nature and wildlife will be crucial as well as the role played by rural actors in making this great transition happen.
The conference discussed opportunities and challenges for the ambitious EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. The strategy, which was recently unveiled by the European Commission, sets a framework for Europe to meet global commitments under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), European Commission officials and relevant stakeholders provided their views on the EU’s 10-year plan to tackle the biodiversity crisis over the next decade.
The European Parliament, Council and Member States are expected to put in place consistent EU policies supporting the Commission in this ambitious and urgent programme.
The new EU biodiversity strategy sets ambitious objectives such as:
To provide space for wild animals, plants, pollinators and natural pest regulators, the European Commission also considers urgent the need to bring back at least 10% of agricultural area under high-diversity landscape features.