Summary of the session
Mr. Janez Kopac (Slovenia), Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, and Mr. Børge Brende (Norway), Minister of Environment, co-chaired the session. They also delivered keynote speeches and introduced the Kiev Resolution on Biodiversity submitted by the Council of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy.
The Conference endorsed the Resolution and committed to achieving the nine targets for halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 through national efforts and regional cooperation. It highlighted as key issues for Europe: forests and biodiversity, agriculture and biodiversity, the Pan-European Ecological Network, invasive alien species, financing of biodiversity, biodiversity monitoring and indicators, and public participation and awareness. The Conference also acknowledged the results achieved so far by the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy in its emerging role as an important instrument for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the pan-European region and as a vehicle for promoting the integration of biodiversity and landscape concerns in all relevant horizontal and sectoral policies.