WORKSHOP: Limiting biodiversity impacts from biofuels through land use mapping and certification schemes

27 August 2012 | Event

Biofuel production is a major and increasing threat to many ecosystems of high conservation importance. To reduce such impacts, sustainability accreditation schemes have been developed, which can be used to show compliance with mandatory sustainability criteria, such as those included in the EU´s Renewable Energy Directive. The event is intended for those actively involved in developing and testing sustainability scheme mapping approaches such as the WWF Sustainable Land Use project and others involved in bioenergy policy issues. 

  • DATE: 08 Sep 2012
  • TIME: 14:30 - 16:30
  • ROOM: 102

There is an urgent need to implement biofuel sustainability criteria relating to biodiversity, carbon stocks and other ecosystem services that are appropriate and fully complied with. The criteria should include the implementation of robust and transparent procedures that involve all appropriate stakeholders and use the best available up-to-date data. Such criteria also need to be expanded to other commodities to help reduce indirect land-use change impacts.

The overall aim of the session is to share experiences and agree on best practice principles and standards for limiting direct and indirect impacts of biofuel production and other agricultural commodities on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

This session is organized by the Institute for European Environmental Policy in partnership with the WWF, IUCN and BirdLife International.