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EditPhoto Description:CI Europe focuses its policy efforts in the following areas:
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Climate change and REDD+

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental issues of our time. Through nature-based approaches and innovative tools, CI is demonstrating the important role that ecosystems can play in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.

CI Europe is working at the EU level to promote sustainable adaptation and mitigation climate policies, with a specific attention to new mechanisms linking ecosystem conservation and climate change, such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation).

EU budget and development funds

CI Europe is strongly engaged in EU budget discussions, together with the other NGOs that form the Coalition for Sustainable EU Funds (including the World Wildlife Fund, BirdLife Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network, European Environmental Bureau and Transport & Environment).The purpose of this coalition is to set out and promote clear recommendations for the next EU Budget (2014-2020) in order to catalyze the transition toward healthy sustainable, that guarantee the well-being of citizens, within the ecological limits of the planet. The coalition will also play a key role in ensuring the proper implementation of commitments.

EU overseas territories

With six EU member states having overseas territories, the EU has 9 Outermost Regions (ORs) and 23 Overseas Countries or Territories (OCTs) scattered around the globe. Most of them are tropical islands; a few are territories located in polar and sub-polar regions, and one is part of the Amazon. This network of 32 entities is of crucial global ecological importance. New Caledonia, a French island territory in the southwest Pacific, alone has more endemic species than the entire European continent. The total marine area attached to these territories gives the EU by far the largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the world, ahead of the U.S. CI Europe strongly supports the European Commission, which has begun paying more attention to the ecological importance of these territories, and is working with the IUCN, Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), CI New Caledonia and all interested NGOs and organizations to foster discussions on future policy instruments dedicated to ecosystems in these entities, including the future EU scheme known as BEST (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories).