|Society for Conservation Biology urges EU members to save the Common Agricultural Policy: Read their letter here!|
Recent decisions by the European Parliament reject a radical reform of the environmental aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). These decisions include reducing the sets-aside area devoted to nature protection (“Ecological Focus Area”) to 3% instead of the originally-proposed 7%, and a watering-down of the crop diversification requirements, thus encouraging continued intensification and expansion of large-scale mono-cropping (such as maize) across Europe.
In a letter to Parliament Members and Commissioners, SCB-ES expressed its deep concerns about these decisions and warms that it contradicts the principles and strategies of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Action Plan, as well as international agreements signed by the EU. SCB-ES states that “…the rejection of more profound CAP reforms amounts to a significant retreat from the international targets on sustainable development, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation”.
“The Parliament’s decision is disappointing not only because it counteracts the efforts to halt biodiversity loss, but also because it ignores scientific evidence and tools for reconciling economic and environmental needs.”, says Dr. Guy Pe’er from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and chair of the Communication Committee of SCB-ES.
News Source: Society for Conservation Biology http://www.conbio.org/groups/sections/europe
Dr. Guy Pe’er, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. Tel: +49-341-2351643, Email: guy.peer (at) ufz.de (English, Hebrew)
Dr. András Báldi, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and Botany. Tel: Email: andrasbaldi (at) gmail.com (English, Hungarian)
Prof. Pierre Ibisch, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management Faculty of Forest and Environment - Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. Tel: +49-3334-65 7178 Email: Pierre.Ibisch (at) hnee.de (English, German)
Dr. Barbara Livoreil, Tel: +441248382953 Email: barbara.livoreil (at) gmail.com (English, French)
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