Final results Outlook will be published in autumn 2016

Riga15 July 2015 – The Nature Outlook project will be extended until the autumn of 2016. This decision was taken following the Nature Outlook presentation at the meeting of the EU Nature & Biodiversity directors in Riga on 29 May 2015. Participants reacted positively to the project. As publication of the Nature Outlook report would coincide with the council discussions on the Midterm Review of the Biodiversity Strategy and the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives, PBL decided in consultation with the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, to delay publication of the Outlook’s final results until the autumn of 2016. The Member States showed a keen interest in the Nature Outlook, and PBL will also work out a proposal on how they could become more involved in the study.

During their Riga presentation, PBL explained the goal of the project, which is to produce a nature outlook with an EU scope that gives a scientifically sound insight into people’s perspectives on nature. This could support discussions between EU Member States and stakeholders on future-proof policies related to nature. Recent reports by the European Environment Agency have shown that additional efforts are needed to achieve the EU objectives for nature and biodiversity. In addition to the current sectoral instruments and policies, such as the Birds and Habitats Directives, integration of nature with others sectors is also necessary in order to achieve the 2050 vision of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

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