Policy Support


The implementation of pan-European and CBD targets

Safeguarding Europe’s biodiversity by 2010 and beyond

In order to meet the biodiversity targets, coherence and synergy between European and global policies addressing biodiversity conservation is of prime importance. ECNC provides support to the elaboration and implementation of key global and European policies. We work with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, the Joint Secretariat of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS), and the European Commission particularly in the fields of ecological networks, financing, communication and monitoring.


ECNC provides input into the Conferences of the Parties on the CBD and is in frequent contact with the Secretariat of the Convention, amongst others on the themes of business and biodiversity, biodiversity financing, ecological networks and biodiversity communication. Expert advice is provided on relevant CBD reports and during conferences ECNC is (co-)organizer of various side events.


ECNC continues to be actively involved in the development of the new post-2010 pan-European strategic framework for biodiversity. Following the decisions of the PEBLDS Council meeting in Liège, Belgium (October 2009), the framework is being developed with the objective of securing its endorsement by the Ministerial Conference 'Environment for Europe' in 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The first step in that process was realized through the organization of the Pan-European High-Level Conference on Biodiversity in Gabala, Azerbaijan, on 7 July 2010, which was preceded (on 5-6 July) by two parallel workshops for experts and NGOs. The Conference, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with and hosted by the Government of Azerbaijan, was a means to mark the International Year of Biodiversity and the Azerbaijan Year of the Environment. The objective of the Conference was to prepare a pan-European input to the high-level event on biodiversity to be held on 22 September 2010, on the eve of the opening of the 65th Session of the General Assembly and parallel to the United Nations High-Level Plenary meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit) from 20 to 22 September 2010. This in turn will be another step on the ‘road to Astana’.

ECNC was approached by UNEP to support the organization and running of the two-day expert workshop on 5-6 July 2010. ECNC’s main roles and responsibilities were to:

  • support the process of identifying the participants;
  • support the preparation of the workshop agenda;
  • facilitate the workshop;
  • help feed the workshop results into the High-Level Conference.

More information on the workshop and the Conference, including the Gabala Declaration, is available here: http://www.unep.org/roe/Portals/139/documents/Gabala/Workshop/Expert_wkshop_outcomes_final_versionLJW.pdf

Ministerial 'Environment for Europe' process

ECNC is always strongly involved in promoting biodiversity in the framework of the UNECE-hosted Ministerial 'Environment for Europe' conferences.


  • UNEP
  • Council of Europe
  • European Commission
  • European countries
  • IUCN


The activities performed in support of the implementation of the CBD and pan-European targets are funded by ECNC core budget, UNEP and national governments.