Wednesday, December 19, 2007
CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Economics of Biodiversity Loss
Following commitments made at the G8+5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March 2007, the Commission is supporting Germany with the preparatory work for a Review on the Economics of Biodiversity Loss. The Review will be carried out by an independent economist who will be appointed as study leader. The Review will evaluate the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the associated decline in ecosystem services worldwide. It will consider the failure to take protective measures, versus the costs of effective conservation and sustainable use. The Review aims to achieve a better understanding of why action to halt the loss of biodiversity would make economic sense. While there are many reasons why preventing biodiversity loss should be addressed as a political priority, when the G8+5 ministers endorsed the Potsdam Initiative they concluded that it was essential to have an objective assessment of the economic arguments.
This web-based call for evidence is open until 31 December 2007.
Check http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/call_evidence.htm for more details and to find out how to submit your evidence.