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Policies against nature?

Conference, 1 June 2012, Paris

The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès and IDDRI are organising their third annual biodiversity conference, entitled: Policies against nature? Towards reform of subsidies harmful to biodiversity, attended by leading international researchers.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Policies against nature?

The public authorities use subsidies to the private sector as fiscal instruments to encourage the development of certain key sectors, notably construction, fishing and agriculture. Justifiable in terms of economic policy, these subsidies can nonetheless have significant, harmful side-effects for the environment, undermining efforts to preserve our biodiversity.

This conference will contribute to debate on the viability of these public policy instruments, and the possibilities for reform, opening up new avenues of investigation in response to undertakings agreed at the Nagoya Convention on Biological Diversity in October 2010 (the adoption of a strategic plan for 2011-2020 with 20 quantified secondary objectives including the outlawing of all subsidies liable to harm biodiversity, by 2020).

The conference sessions – identifying harmful subsidies; examining sectoral processes for the design of subsidies and scope for reform – will be captured on video, with transcript summaries, available online from September 30, 2012 on the IDDRI and Fondation d’entreprise Hermès Web sites.

The conference is open to the public, subject to availability: register online at

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Speakers : Romain Pirard, Researcher (Iddri) ; Sébastien Treyer, Director of Programmes (Iddri) ; Patrick ten Brink, Senior Fellow, Head of the Brussels Office, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) ; Guillaume Sainteny, Senior Lecturer, École Polytechnique ; Jean-Pierre Tardieu, President, Institut Veolia environnement ; Vincent Renard, Advisor to the Board (Iddri) ; Xavier Poux, Consultant, AScA, Board Member of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism ; Marcus Knigge, Advisor, European Marine Programme, Pew Environment Group ;  Raphaël Billé, Director of Biodiversity Programme, (Iddri) ; Pascal Reysset, President, Expertise urbaine ; Trees Robijns, EU Agriculture and Bioenergy Policy Officer, Birdlife ; Roger Martini, Senior Fisheries Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ; Jean-Michel Charpin,  Inspector General of Finance ; Christiane Lambert, First Vice-President, Fédération nationale des syndicats d’exploitants agricoles (FNSEA) ; Bernard Coloos, Director of Economic, Financial and International Affairs, Fédération française du bâtiment