Nature Conservation

Following a ‘fitness check’ of its Birds and Habitats Directives in 2015, a new Action Plan has been published by the European Commission to ensure these fully deliver on protecting nature, improving the quality of life for Europeans and bringing economic benefits. The new Action Plan puts forward 15 actions to boost application of EU nature rules on the ground so that it will deliver its full potential for nature, people and the economy.

The European Investment Bank and the European Commission have agreed on a loan arrangement with Rewilding Europe Capital in order to support businesses with nature-focused initiatives. The Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), which was created by the EIB and the Commission, is backing the loan of €6 million.

The European Commission’s weekly workload on migration policy has seemingly taken its toll on a Dutch Presidency nature conference that had been scheduled to take place from 28th to 30th June in Amsterdam.  The conference had been set up to discuss a high profile set of European Commission conclusions on the REFIT to the Birds and Habitats directives.

The Dutch Presidency of the European Union will host a major conference in the future of nature policy.  The conference takes place in Amsterdam in the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA) from 28th to 30th June only a few days after the EU referendum in the UK. The conference is open to European authorities, environmental organisations, representatives of industry and other stakeholders will address the conference, which will take the form of an interactive meeting where delegates are challenged to help devise a future-proof nature policy.