The Nature Directives (i.e. Birds Directive and Habitats Directive) are the key instruments of EU environmental policy; the Fitness Check support study, carried out by Milieu, IEEP and ICF for the European Commission DG-ENV, examined their effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, EU-added value and their coherence with the wider acquis.
The European Commission has launched a Communication on how to embed the SDGs in the European policy framework. Read IEEP’s thinking on the ways forward.
The March 2016 Beyond GDP newsletter sheds light on the creation of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and relates this process to the Europe 2020 and EU Sustainable Development Strategies.
The latest edition of the Beyond GDP newsletter explores indicators for a greener economy and for green growth.
This edition of the Beyond GDP Newsletter explores the Social Progress Index and discusses approaches to using social indicators in the context of EU economic governance.
There is an urgent need to find sufficient resources to enable developing countries to implement the global targets for biodiversity by 2020. Financing the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity from different sectoral funding flows can complement global biodiversity financing.
IEEP assessed the financing needs to implement Target 2 of the Biodiversity Strategy (target to maintain ecosystem services and restore 15% of degraded ecosystems by 2020) with eftec. The report showed that a large increase in funding will be required if Target 2 is to be attained, but also that there are a range of potential funding sources that could be increasingly used.
The CAP could, and should, be primarily to assist EU agriculture to become more internationally competitive and sustainable and to achieve this by innovation. It already has many instruments to do this, and the reforms could further assist. However the resources deployed could be far better used.
There are still needs and opportunities for using sustainability indicators at different stages of the policy processes across all environmentally relevant policy areas.
There remain a wide range of opportunities for making use of sustainability indicators at different stages of the policy process across all environmentally relevant policy areas.
IEEP and the Institute for European Studies (IES) is pleased to invite you to an Environmental Policy Forum on ‘The EU on the road to Rio+20: towards a sustainable outcome?’ which will be held on 23 June 2011 in Brussels.
IEEP's Marc Pallemaerts and IEEP Board Member Derek Osborn will be presenting at a meeting on 4 May organised by the European Parliament as part of its preparations for the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.
Marc Pallemaerts addresses the impact of the EU’s consumption of natural resources on the global environment with case studies of biofuels, the Common Fisheries Policy and the regulation of international trade in illegally harvested timber, in a new publication.
IEEP Analysis Briefing: Sustainable Development
To mark the arrival of the ‘renewed' EU Sustainable Development Strategy, scheduled for approval by the European Council of the 15-16 June 2006, the Institute for European Environmental Policy ...