THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS:
- acknowledges that despite the uniqueness of biodiversity in Europe, recent scientific assessments warn that biodiversity and ecosystem services are threatened by degradation and are declining;
- highlights that a relevant input in inversing some of the negative biodiversity trends is represented by national and international preservation and conservation policies adopted and enforced in recent years;
- considers necessary to increase the efforts to implement the current Strategic Plan 2011-2020, and EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020;
- believes that the post-2020 biodiversity policy framework should be ambitious both at global and European level;
- calls on the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to recognise explicitly the indispensable the role of local and regional authorities in achieving a successful implementation of the current and future global and European policies on biodiversity;
- calls on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive plan for coordinated awareness raising and engagement at the national and subnational levels in the run up to COP 14 and COP 15 so that the CoR and local and regional authorities can better identify opportunities for synergies and engagement of partners;
- offers its support to the European Commission for the preparation of the post-2020 EU Strategy on Biodiversity.