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Addressing the mismatches of scale in biodiversity conservation

EU workshop discussed the failure to halt biodiversity loss by 2010.

One of the reasons why the EU target failed is the misunderstood connection and interaction between ecological and governance processes. The time needed for biodiversity improvement often clashes with policies that focus on immediate and short-term economic interests - or electoral cycles. Likewise, ecosystem issues are sometimes missed when the policy focus is on a single species protection.

The workshop participants, representing various governmental agencies and NGOs from the European, national, and sub-national levels, felt that more research is needed to understand the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in supporting sustainable socio-economic systems at the different levels. Furthermore, the participants agreed that biodiversity conservation should be integrated into other policy sectors, such as agriculture.

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