MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change.
Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.
To stop the current trajectory of biodiversity loss, the conference needs to agree on legally binding targets with timelines, performance indicators and reporting mechanisms based on common standards, says the resolution.
The Parliament wants the upcoming EU biodiversity strategy for 2030 to ensure that the EU leads by example by:
- ensuring that at least 30 % of EU territory consists of natural areas,
- restoring degraded ecosystems by 2030,
- taking biodiversity objectives into account in all EU policies, and
- earmarking a minimum of 10 % of the 2021-2027 long-term budget for efforts to improve biodiversity.
MEPs also underline the need for more sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, including EU-wide binding reduction targets on pesticide use.
Source: European Parliament Press Room (http://bit.ly/2G0PN1U)
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