Biodiversity and the EU Budget

Financing from the Community budget forms a very important part of the overall funding devoted to biodiversity conservation within the EU. However, it is commonly considered that the financial contribution to biodiversity from the Community budget remains low, in particular when the threats facing biodiversity at the global and European level are escalating and increasing levels of biodiversity and related ecosystem services continue to be lost. To address this, IEEP and WWF have launched a short discussion paper to raise the profile of biodiversity in the context of the EU budget. The objective of this paper is to highlight the need for greater Community spending in this area in future. It is also hoped that the paper will help different stakeholders at the EU and Member State level to participate actively in the ongoing debate on the reform of the EU budget.

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16 Nov 2009




The Institute for European Environmental Policy coordinates CAP2020. It is an independent not for profit institute which undertakes research in a number of policy areas including agriculture and rural development.