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Biodiversity, European Parliament resolution in view of COP15

On 16.1.20 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the position to be adopted in view of the 15th global conference on biodiversity, COP15, to be held on 14-28.10.20 in Kunming (Yunnan, China). (1)
The Assembly of European citizens aspires to give the Old Continent a central role in safeguarding the planet, with the idea of ​​promoting agreements of a binding nature. All good at words.

Biodiversity e Climate Change, the responsibilities of Europe

The European Parliament now requests that the binding nature of the commitments undertaken by the 193 States adhering to the Convention for Biological Diversity be agreed upon at the next Conference of the Parties (UN Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, adopted in 1992 at the 'Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro). As happened with the Paris Agreement, adopted by the Conference of 195 Parties that adhere to the Convention on Climate Change (World Climate Conference.

Governance and self-criticism however, they completely escape the MEPs, who seem to ignore Europe's serious breach of the Paris Agreement itself. The European Commission - as seen - deliberately pursued international negotiations and agreements aimed at promoting the unconditional trade in a series of commodities that come from deforestation and the burning of the largest primary forests on the planet. Palm oil, GMO soybeans, meats from the American continent, woods and leathers.

The Strasbourg Assembly it is jointly responsible for negotiations and accessions to toxic treaties that will aggravate deforestation. And it is also responsible for having postponed by 10 years - from 2020 to 2030 - the divestment in Europe of palm oil as a 'biofuel'. Although the European Commission itself, like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the USA, has clarified how the greenhouse gas emissions of tropical fat exceed those of hydrocarbons (!).

COP15, the resolution of the European Parliament

The resolution of the European Parliament indicates that for truly safeguard biodiversity it is necessary to define precise objectives with relative deadlines, KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), monitoring and reporting systems based on common standards, etc. And the representatives of European citizens declare that they want to achieve the following objectives by 2030:

- natural areas they must occupy at least 30% of the European territory,

- ecosystems damaged must be restored at no less than 30%,

- biodiversity it will have to be integrated 'more' in all European policies,

- a spending target for the integration of biodiversity, a minimum of 2021% must be included in the 2027-10 Multiannual Financial Framework.

Among the many words, MEPs call for commitments to reduce the use of pesticides. They expressly refer to glyphosate as an example of biodiversity destruction, and it is useful to note that no institution in the EU has taken action against Bayer, to fake studies submitted in support of the renewal of his authorization. It goes without saying that this also refers to the sustainability of the agricultural and fisheries sector. (8)

Biodiversity, other strategies adopted in the EU

The European Union, to be fair, it has also adopted other strategies for the protection of biodiversity:

Natura 2000, a coordinated network of protected areas that extends to all Member States. With the aim of protecting rare species and the most important and threatened natural habitats, referred to in 'birds directive'and to'habitat directive'. It is only a pity that the use of dangerous pesticides is also authorized in protected areas, as we denounced,

- it European Green Deal, a political program announced by the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Where the main objectives are the protection of the environment and the quality of life of individuals. In addition to the ambitious target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Biodiversity is therefore in excellent health, but only in words (sic!)

Dario Dongo and Alessandra Mei


(1) European Parliament resolution of 16 January 2020 on the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) (2019/2824 (RSP)

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Dario Dongo, lawyer and journalist, PhD in international food law, founder of WIISE (FARE - GIFT - Food Times) and Égalité.

Alessandra Mei
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Graduated in Law from the University of Bologna, she attended the Master in Food Law at the same University. You participate in the WIISE srl benefit team by dedicating yourself to European and international research and innovation projects.

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