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Wider EU policy reforms are key to protecting Nature

Posted on 03 May 2011
Global climate change is creating unprecedented challenges to protecting diverse ecosystems in the arctic regions.
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Brussels, Belgium – Today the European Commission released their long awaited communication on the new 2020 Biodiversity Strategy for the EU.

Alberto Arroyo, Conservation Policy Coordinator at WWF, commented:

“The EU’s new biodiversity strategy is an important signal of good intentions but it does not have the real power to stop biodiversity loss. The fundamental solutions to protect nature will not be found in this strategy but rather in the upcoming legislative reforms that will be decided soon, such as the EU Financial Framework, Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy and overseas development cooperation strategy due at the end of this year. In order to save biodiversity, the EU must show commitment to protecting nature within each of these reforms”.

“The biodiversity strategy is a step in the right direction, but the real test of whether it will work is whether there is the political will and political understanding of what biodiversity is and why it is so important to us. Without these two critical ingredients, we will be condemned to repeat the failure which led to the EU missing its 2010 target of reversing biodiversity loss.”

“Despite its pitfalls, WWF welcomes the new biodiversity communication for the message it gives that the EU will is committed to implement the recent pledges made by European heads of states and governments to meet European and global biodiversity goals by 2020”.

Further information:
• Alberto Arroyo, Conservation Policy Coordinator, WWF, Mob: +36 70 61 38 269;   email: alberto.arroyo@wwf.hu
• Alexandra Bennett, Communication Director, WWF European Policy Office, Tel. +32 2 740 09 25; Mob. +32 (0)477 393 400, abennett@wwf.eu

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