Clear targets for agriculture and forestry missing from Europe`s biodiversity plan.
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Clear targets for agriculture and forestry missing from Europes
Brussels, May 3, 2011
– Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes today’s European Commission plan  for
the future of biodiversity in Europe, but warns measurable targets are urgently
needed in the areas of agriculture and forestry if the strategy is to succeed.
The document outlines how the 27 member states of the EU will implement the new
global strategic plan for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), agreed
in October last year alongside 193 nations.
Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes the call for the strengthening of nature
conservation, an end to overfishing, the combating of invasive aliens species,
the restoration of habitats and the call to step up Europe’s contribution
towards tackling global biodiversity loss. However, concerns remain around the
‘greening’ of agricultural and forestry policy – two key sectors where the
Commission has failed to commit to measurable targets.
Friedrich Wulf, biodiversity campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe
says: “Agriculture and forestry are the biggest land users in Europe, and how that land is used is crucial in preventing further biodiversity loss.
Without clear and measurable targets to ensure these areas are sustainable,
species depletion will continue, undermining the whole EU biodiversity strategy
and further threatening global biodiversity.”
Environment ministers have the opportunity to fill this gap at their next
meeting on June 17th. Friends of the Earth Europe urges ministers to call for
measurable targets , and to show strong support for the greening of the
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). 
Friedrich Wulf continues: "Combating biodiversity
loss is one of the major environmental challenges we face today. The EU has
committed to halting biodiversity loss by 2020, and even restoring it as much
as feasible. This communication comes close, but environment ministers must
support measurable and precise targets for agriculture and forestry, otherwise Europe’s plan to halt biodiversity loss will fail.”
For more information, please contact:
Friedrich Wulf, biodiversity campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe
Tel: +41 79 21 602 06, E-mail: friedrich.wulf
Samuel Fleet, communications officer, Friends of the Earth Europe (EN)
Tel: +32 (0) 2893 1012, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
 COM (2011) 244:
 100% of used farmland and forests should come under biodiversity-related
(in fulfilmet of CBD target 7); pollution from fertilisers must not exceed
critical loads; all incentives and subsidies detrimental to biodviersity must
be eliminated – such as funding for intensive production.
 This can be achieved by ensuring that direct payments for farmers are only
granted if a minimum set of simple agronomic practices are adhered to – for
example, setting a minimum area of a farm to be dedicated to biodiversity
protection; crop rotation; extensively managed permanent pasture; green cover
for crop land. Additionally the CAP should extend financial support for
biodiversity-related measures, such as agri-environmental schemes, and make
funding dependant on outcomes and results for biodiversity.
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