Roundtable on Europe overseas biodiversity and climate change

30 June 2011 | Event

The first meeting of the Europe overseas roundtable on biodiversity and climate change is being held from the 30 June to the 1 July 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

The establishment of the platform was a recommendation of the Conference of the European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss held on Reunion Island in 2008. IUCN currently provides the secretariat to the Platform as part of its EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories Programme.

The platform brings together representatives from EU Member States, the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories, the European Commission and NGOs. The meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the Message from Reunion Island (2008 – 2011), discuss the European Commission’s preparatory action for the Voluntary Scheme on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (BEST), and seek strategic ways to respond to the BEST Open Call for Proposals.

Mr Oliver Hillel from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will lead a session on the process of engagement of Europe’s overseas in the In-depth Review of the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work, which will be presented at the next CBD Conference of the Parties.

IUCN will also take this opportunity to launch its report on Future Directions for Biodiversity Action in Europe Overseas: Outcomes of the Review of the Implementation of the CBD, December 2010.