|EBCD's statutes embrace the principles set out in the World Conservation Strategy (IUCN, UNEP, WWF, 1981), Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration.
EBCD recognises that the existence of mankind is inseparably linked to the use of natural renewable resources and it therefore supports science based solutions to conservation, full stakeholder participation, due consideration for socio-economic aspects and due respect for cultural diversity.
An active member of IUCN since its establishment, EBCD works closely with its network of experts, Commissions and Programmes as well as with other organizations and institutions actively involved in the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable management of natural renewable resources. Furthermore, EBCD provides the Secretariat of the IUCN European Sustainable Use Specialist Group (ESUG) and the coordination of the Fisheries Working Group (FWG).
EBCD monitors and collaborates with the EU institutions, particularly the European Parliament where it provides since 1994 the Secretariat of the Intergroup on Sustainable Development, which has been renamed the Intergroup on Climate Change & Biodiversity on February 11th 2009.
EBCD aims at:
-Achieving a balance between the need to conserve nature and the need for economic growth.
-Ensuring that conservation/management decisions are based on the best available scientific advice.
-Ensuring to that any utilisation of natural resources is sustainable, both biologically and socially.
-Ensuring full stakeholder participation in decision making process.
-Raise awareness of the principles and problem solving methods for sustainable production, use and consumption
EBCD receives funding from governments, NGOs, associations, foundations, public development assistance funds and other independent, non-commercial sources.
EBCD's activities are mainly focused on fisheries and marine issues … within the European Communities and the international fora, in particular with relations and follow up with international environmental agreements /conventions (CITES, CBD, IWC and other fisheries organizations such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Sea Legal and FROs.
In relations to these issues, EBCD monitors EU and policy related to the mentioned topics; provides information analysis and advise to policy makers, users and managers worldwide; facilitates contacts with key policy-makers of the EU - informs targeted EU institutions - Commission, Parliament, Economic and Social Committee, and Council - and;undertakes EU funded conservation and development projects both in the EU and international countries;advises and facilitates access to EU funding; and organises seminars, workshops and conferences.