The Presidency of the Czech Republic in the Council of the European Union and Nature Conservation

The Czech Republic took over its already second presidency in the Council of European Union on July 1, 2022. The Presidency (hereinafter CZ PRES 2022) provides an important possibility to present success stories from nature conservation and landscape protection in the Czech Republic, but at the same time it reveals ability to coordinate the EU Member States during global negotiations on current as well as future approaches to nature and landscape heritage protection, conservation and management.

Priorities in the environmental issues 

From a point of view of the environment related issues, negotiations on Fit for 55 Package will be the most important priority for the Presidency of the Czech Republic in the Council of the European Union.

In addition to adaptation to climate protection, other topics include biological diversity conservation and circularity management and pollution reduction. Another significant task will be finding the consensus among the Member States on long-awaited proposal of the EU.

During the CZ PRES 2022, the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic wishes to draw attention to light pollution which has been within the EU rather omitted. Moreover, increasing light pollution caused by excessive or unsuitable during the night has become a serious global issue negatively influencing both humans and nature.   

For more details on the CZ PRES 2022 in relation to the environment, please visit the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic website

Priorities in nature conservation

  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): pushing the EU positions on international trade with fauna and flora at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CITES.
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): adopting the Strategic Plan for 2030 (post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework) providing global priorities in biodiversity conservation formulated as quantitative goals/targets at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD.
  • Nature restoration targets – discussion on ecosystem restoration goals/targets in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine/coastal environment.

The NCA´s task

The Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic´s staff has been involved in developing expert/technical background and deliberations dealing with biological diversity, CITES and whaling.

Meeting of the EU Nature and Biodiversity Directors

Heads of nature and biodiversity conservation institutions from Europe gathered in Prague on September 28-30, 2022. Natura 2000 and Nature Restoration Law were the main topics of discussion. A field trip to the České středohoří Protected Landscape Area (IUCN category V) was organised during the meeting.

​​​​​​​Prague Appeal

Climate change and the ongoing decline in biodiversity are interlinked and therefore need to be addressed together. This is at the heart of the so-called Prague Appeal, launched by experts on the protection and restoration of climate-resilient landscapes who met at the Czech Presidency Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change. The document summarises how adaptation projects should be approached, what solutions are successful in practice and what does not work. ​​​​​​​