Conservation & Law: perspectives for
the Post2020 Biodiversity Framework and the EU-Nature Conservation rules 

Organized by: Volker Mauerhofer, Mid Sweden University

At the edge of a continuously accumulating biodiversity crisis, biodiversity and conservation law reached at the beginning of the 3rd decade of the 21st century a crossroad with several paths open. Business as usual is no option anymore and claims for stopping biodiversity loss have been extended in latest UN- and EU-policy documents by a political goal of a reversal of biodiversity loss towards planetary net gains. The symposium strives to provide legal and regulative analysis and pathways for conservation in the context of the EU-Nature Conservation rules and the 2022 upcoming Post2020Biodiversity Framework to effectively address the Biodiversity Crisis by reversing the loss of habitat types and populations of species. Methods applied are different legal interpretation methods, regulative studies and case analyses. The presentations provided will provide details analyses of the current legal status and innovative solutions for safeguarding biodiversity.


Key references:
Court of Justice of the European Union, 2018. Judgement in Case C-441/17, Commission v Poland (Białowieża Forest)
Kokko, Kai: A Legal Method and Tools for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regulation: Safeguarding Forest Biodiversity in Finland, Nordisk Miljörättslig Tidskrift 2009, p. 57–78.

Mauerhofer, V. 2021. Introduction into the role of net gain law for governance of a sustainable development. In Mauerhofer, V. (ed.) The Role of Law in Governing Sustainability, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-20.

Morgera, E. 2017. Introduction to Volume III: The research challenges of international biodiversity law. In Morgera, E. and Razzaque, J. (eds) Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law. Volume III in Faure, M. (ed) Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 1-9.

Otero, I., Farrell, K.N., Pueyo, S., Kallis, G., Kehoe, L., Haberl, H. et al. 2020. Biodiversity policy beyond economic growth. Conservation Letters, 13(4): e12713.

UN, 2021. United Nations “First Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/914a/eca3/24ad42235033f031badf61b1/wg2020-03-03-en.pdf

Zeng, Y.W., Maxwell, S., Runting, R.K., Venter, O., Watson, J.E.M. and Carrasco, L.R. 2020. Environmental destruction not avoided with the sustainable development goals. Nature Sustainability. doi:10.1038/s41893-020-0555-0


Presentations:
Access and Benefit Sharing in the Global Biodiversity Framework: How to Measure the Reciprocity for Nature?
Aysegul Sirakaya (Lund University, Sweden)

Strategic climate change litigation, science and the EU Habitats Directive: moving from adaptation to contestation?
Hendrik Schoukens (Ghent University, Belgium)

Urban conservation and restoration in times of climate change: going beyond a little bit of ‘greening’
An Cliquet (Ghent University, Belgium)

The contribution of the EU Habitats Directive to the net gain approaches of the UN Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework and EU Biodiversity Strategy
Volker Mauerhofer (Mid Sweden University, Sweden)

Safeguarding biodiversity by modifying law
Kai Kokko (The University of Helsinki, Finland)

Halting the Loss of Biodiversity in the European Union; the Effect of the Environmental Liability Directive
Valerie Fogleman (Cardiff University School of Law And Politics, UK)

Birds in gilded cages: An investigation of the illegal trade of wild songbirds in the EU
Jacqueline Jürgens (University of Southern Denmark)