On the occasion of biodiversity negotiations at COP 11, Hyderabad (India), ITUC and Sustainlabour release a report on biodiversity and employment. The report highlights to the need (and the actual possibility) to address a profound transformation of productive sectors to ensure the survival of the species and the creation of sustainable jobs.
As where we are submerged in a deep unemployment crisis, appropriate management of the environmental - protection of biodiversity and ecosystems - can be an important source of new green employment creation and thus should be of far more interest for policy makers.
The executive summary of Ecosystems, economy and employment presents the following conclusions:
In addition to opportunities, there are also various transitional aspects that must be understood in much greater depth. Dealing with the above mentioned situations in an inclusive manner is the aim of the Just Transition framework. This approach includes policy tools such as: the assessment of employment creation opportunities resulting from biodiversity-friendly management; decision-making based on a prior assessment of their social, economic and environmental impacts; the establishment of active labour market policies; additional economic and social policies, e.g. green and progressive taxation; reinforcing social protection systems in affected areas; along with social dialogue and participatory decision-making.
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This report has counted on the collaboration of Fundación Biodiversidad and FSC CCOO.
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe