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Europe needs stronger biodiversity policy
Article Type: News From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 20, Issue 5
Europe will continue to lose biodiversity unless EU policy takes into account the economic value of ecosystem services, the final findings of an EU study on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity suggest. A sound policy should be used as “starting point” for designing a post-2010 biodiversity policy framework. There are moves towards setting-up an international scientific platform for biodiversity to mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), especially since “the drivers for biodiversity loss are more complex than for climate change, and the direct impacts are harder to measure”. In March 2009 European leaders called for the adoption of a new EU target for the conservation of biodiversity beyond 2010 by the middle of 2010 at the latest. However, the European Commission has already predicted that the EU’s current goal of halting biodiversity loss by the 2010 is “highly unlikely” to be met.