ECNC briefs

thematic statements


To increase communication with interested parties and the public, ECNC uses the concept of briefs for thematic areas.

Bioenergy and biodiversity

The global increase in land put aside for growing crops that can be processed for the production of bioenergy has become a topic of intense discussion amongst the press and media, politicians, researchers, nature conservationists and environmentalists and the interested public. There are serious implications for food production and prices, and also for the main goal of ECNC – the conservation of nature and its biodiversity.

Read ECNC’s brief on Bioenergy and Biodiversity »

Climate change and biodiversity

ECNC believes that maintaining resilient ecosystems that can function as a resource for biodiversity, for mitigating climate change and as a source of enjoyment, recreation and economic benefit, is the key to addressing the challenge of climate change for the future of plant, animal and habitat diversity.

Read ECNC’s brief on Climate Change and Biodiversity »

Biosafety and biodiversity

The issue of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is one of the most important ones facing policymakers today. There are strongly held differences of opinion, and so far a lack of consensus between the European Union and the United States. Given the poor state of knowledge on the relation between GMOs and biodiversity, ECNC calls for careful analysis of possible impacts before any major policy decisions are taken to continue with GMOs.

Read ECNC’s brief on Biosafety and Biodiversity »

Ecosystem services and biodiversity

The natural environment provides people with goods and services that are fundamental to human well-being. These ‘ecosystem services’ are essential to society and, ultimately, all human welfare and livelihoods depend on them for fundamental necessities such as clean air, clean water and food production.

Read ECNC’s brief on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity »