Biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean


Biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean

Solutions to upscale EU biodiversity conservation policies

Organised with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions back-to-back with the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community Final Event

4 November 2022 – 9:30-12:30 (Brussels time)

Hybrid Event

  Please find HERE the recording of the meeting 

Have a look at the video message of MEP Engerer, sharing key messages on biodiversity protection - "Waters and oceans are as important as the air we breathe, as our lands and all human life depend on the sea"



On 22 June 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for a Nature Restoration Law, setting an overarching target of restoring 20% of the EU’s land and sea area by 2030 and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. This proposal comes at a time when binding targets and concrete commitments and actions to restore nature and stop biodiversity loss are extremely necessary. This Regulation will require Member States to develop National Restoration Plans and will influence public authorities at national, regional and local level, as they would play a role in mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services, and in planning, funding, implementing and monitoring restoration programmes.

In addition, other fundamental EU policies related to the marine environment are under review and evaluation, as the Maritime Strategy Framework Directive, to be revised by 2023, following an impact assessment and consultations with experts and stakeholders and the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive, whose implementation was the object of a report published in May 2022 by the EC.

With this event, organised back-to-back with the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC), the SEArica Intergroup aims at up-taking policy recommendations from the MBPC project focusing on the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into marine and maritime policies.    


Please find HERE the recording of the meeting 

Further information and the full programme of the MBPC Project Final Event are available here


What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.

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With the support of the CPMR, Intergroup Secretariat