There is unprecedented political momentum and window of opportunity for scaling up nature-based solutions for climate and well-being, with the existing experience base providing a solid foundation for this. Action on two fronts is required in creating an enabling environment to scale up existing initiatives and projects while developing a strategic vision and global movement for nature-based solutions.
Principal Policy Analyst and Head of Programme Global Challenges and SDGs
Phone: +44 (0) 207 340 2679
- Green economy,
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
- biodiversity policy integration,
- ecosystem services and value of natural capital,
- biodiversity financing,
- protected areas
Marianne is leading IEEP’s global portfolio of work. She has over ten years of expertise in issues related to the EU and international biodiversity policy with special focus on assessing the socio-economic importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services and supporting the integration of these aspects into policies and decision-making processes, in the aid of green economy and sustainable development. Since joining IEEP in 2005 Marianne has contributed to a range of EU and international policy developments, leading a range of projects linked to natural capital and the green economy, socio-economic benefits of nature conservation, biodiversity financing and external dimensions of the EU biodiversity policy. She has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including a book on the socio-economic value of protected areas.
In its efforts to deliver on the EU Green Deal and to step up EU action, the European Commission launched a public consultation on deforestation and forest degradation. The main aim was to assess the types of regulatory and non-regulatory measures to address these issues, with a legislative initiative expected to be rolled out in 2021.
The shift to a circular economy in the EU will not be sustainable by default. It will only be so if it reflects the implications both within and outside the EU.
The EU has been actively promoting trade as a tool that fosters sustainability, both globally and within partner countries. The European Green Deal, forming the blueprint for EU policy- and decision making for the upcoming five years, univocally reconfirms this role and objective of the EU trade policy.
In the wake of the Green Deal, IEEP’s newest report analyses the environmental performance of the EU’s trade policy. It concludes that more comprehensive efforts by the European Commission to uphold – and upgrade – environmental standards as part of trade are needed to deliver the promises made in the Green Deal.