We are facing an ecological emergency. One million species are currently threatened with extinction, and the health of the ecosystems on which we all depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. Biodiversity loss is one of the most critical environmental threats alongside climate change and the two are inextricably linked.
Transformative solutions are needed to halt and reverse current trends of biodiversity loss, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We need urgent action to address the drivers of nature deterioration, and it needs to happen at an unprecedented scale.
The European Green Deal (EGD) is an opportunity to kick-start these actions and finally put our planet on the path to recovery. In a new paper, Save biodiversity through the European Green Deal, WWF, Birdlife Europe, European Environmental Bureau and Friends of the Earth outline their 5 priorities to make the EU a true champion for nature:
Ambitious and credible strategies to halt ecological collapse
Full implementation and enforcement of existing environmental legislation
A legally binding restoration target for nature and climate
Ensure effective marine protection
Reducing the EU’s global footprint
Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) flying in a line, silhouetted at sunrise, Lake Hornborga, Hornborgasjon, Sweden, April 2009