The EU's new biodiversity strategy is an ambitious, constructive and coherent strategy that delivers on the commitment from the EU and its Member States to protect the living world and implement national strategies and action plans to achieve it.
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- biodiversity conservation policies and legislation,
- climate change and biodiversity adaptation
Graham joined IEEP in February 2008. He has an MSc and Ph.D. in ecology and over 20 years professional experience in biodiversity conservation in Europe. He was responsible for developing BirdLife International’s European Habitat Conservation Programme and then moved into consultancy as the Technical Director of Ecoscope Applied Ecologists before taking up freelance consultancy. Consultancy projects have included scientific reviews, conservation strategy appraisals, as well as capacity building and training in biodiversity monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. Graham's current interests focus on incorporating ecological science in policy development, particularly relating to land-use and climate change issues.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. commissioned IEEP (through the Alliance Environment consortium) to undertake a formal evaluation of the CAP’s impact on habitats, landscapes and biodiversity.
IEEP has published a new report that presents success stories relating to habitats and species that are the focus of the EU nature directives and provides key lessons on effective approaches that can be shared to achieve better overall results. The study focuses on supporting EU action through better knowledge and evidence, and provides an important contribution to the current discussions on the EU and global biodiversity policy regime for the post-2020 era.
Moving the CAP towards a focus on performance is a positive step towards aligning agriculture payments more seriously with the delivery of environmental and climate outcomes. But is there a need to ensure that the environmental priorities identified are sufficiently ambitious and that Member States are held accountable?
IEEP's new paper, "Ideas for defining environmental objectives and monitoring systems for a results-oriented CAP post 2020", suggests a way forward.
On Wednesday 15th of November the European Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution on an EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy. The Action Plan, intended to boost the implementation of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, was presented by the European Commission in April this year following an in-depth fitness check.