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5 July 2018

Unprecedented mobilisation to protect biodiversity

On Wednesday 4 July, Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, presented the Government’s Biodiversity Plan, following the meeting of a dedicated interministerial committee chaired by the Prime Minister and in the presence of numerous Ministers.
 

Findings are alarming: a species disappears from the planet every 20 minutes, a thousand times more frequently than normal. Biodiversity is essential to our survival, as well as to a good many economic activities. Urgent action needs to be taken.

Developed by the first Interministerial Committee for Biodiversity (CIB), the plan marks the start of unprecedented mobilisation on the part of the Government and stakeholders at all levels: the whole of society is coming to realise that the need for concerted action to protect biodiversity is just as urgent as the need to combat climate change.

Through the Republic’s own efforts and with support at European level, the Biodiversity Plan will enable France to push for adoption of an ambitious international framework for reconquest and protection of biodiversity during the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in China in 2020, with a view to triggering global momentum comparable to that it initiated in the context of the Paris Climate Agreement.

In order to implement the plan’s measures, the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition will be mobilising a further €600 million over 4 years in order to deploy actions designed to bring about changes of scale across the territories and with all actors concerned.

The Government will ensure regular publication of indicators and maps enabling close monitoring of the state of biodiversity and the pressures brought to bear, so as to provide all actors involved with reliable up-to-the-minute information to facilitate their monitoring of the results of our commitment.

Six major focuses to protect biodiversity

The Biodiversity Plan comprises six major focuses with a total of some 90 measures, including:

  • Objective of zero plastic dumped in the ocean by 2025. In particular:

- Manufacture of the 12 single-use plastic products most often found along coastlines and in the sea will be prohibited (including cotton buds, bags and single-use tableware). Work will be undertaken with each sector involved in order to find alternative solutions.

- Recycling of plastics and substitution measures will be developed, with the goal of 100% of plastic recycled by 2025.

 

  • Objective of “zero net artificialisation of soils”: any new car parks created must be permeable so as to allow water to infiltrate the ground and combat flooding.
     
  • Mobilisation of €150 million by 2021 to remunerate farmers for implementation of actions designed to protect biodiversity (soil cover, planting of hedges, preservation of grasslands and wetlands, etc.).
     
  • Creation of an 11th national forest park next year between Champagne and Bourgogne.
     
  • Implementation of an action programme for protection of cetaceans, designed to limit sound pollution and reduce collisions with ships and accidental capture in fishing nets.
     
  • Deployment of a network of 500 educational terrestrial and marine protected areas, with a “Biodiversity” teaching kit supplied to all schools.