EUBP Meetings 2024: Key Developments and Policy Highlights

The 5th EUBP Meeting took place on 24-25 April 2024

In 2024, the European Commission (EC) organised five EU Biodiversity Platform (EUBP) meetings, including an ad hoc session on biodiversity financing and subgroup meetings on green infrastructure, monitoring & assessment, and marine topics.

Key updates discussed at the meeting

On 17 April, the Monitoring & Assessment subgroup convened to discuss the monitoring framework for the targets outlined in the EU Biodiversity Strategy, in alignment with the Global Biodiversity Framework. The meeting concentrated on the development and implementation of biodiversity indicators, emphasizing the necessity of establishing mechanisms for planning, monitoring, reporting, and reviewing these indicators. The discussions also highlighted the importance of ensuring Europe’s actions are directly related to the Global Biodiversity Framework, with an eye towards readiness for the upcoming COP16 in Colombia.

The Working Group for Green Infrastructure held a session on 24 March. During the meeting, participants reviewed the 2013 EU EU Green Infrastructure Strategy, evaluating its current relevance and alignment with newer policies such as the Green Deal, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, and the upcoming Nature Restoration Law. The 2019 review of the strategy’s implementation, which highlighted both its strengths and weaknesses, was discussed. Working group members identified a pressing need for enhanced support and capacity building in funding, financing, and procuring urban nature-based solutions for regional and local administrations. Additionally, they emphasized the necessity of defining satisfactory levels of urban ecosystems and establishing related targets and indicators that consider both the extent and quality of green areas.

The second ad hoc session on biodiversity financing was held on 19 March. Policy officers from the EC’s Recovery and Resilience Task Force presented future implementations of the ‘Do-No-Significant Harm’ (DNSH) principles and shared practical lessons from the ground. They discussed the application of the DNSH principle under the Recovery and Resilience Facility, as outlined in a report published by the Bankwatch Network in December 2023. The report on EU Green Budgeting indicated that biodiversity actions are relatively limited, with a stronger focus on climate actions. DG Environment presented EU guidance on identifying non-energy environmentally harmful subsidies, with guidelines for member states expected by summer 2024. France showcased their approach to reforming biodiversity-harmful subsidies, evaluating each state budgetary expense based on six environmental objectives.

Additional information and materials about the EUBP’s meetings are available on the CIRCABC platform here.