Biodiversity | WWF
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Stop biodiversity loss

Europe is home to an extraordinary range of natural areas and animals.

Europe's rich and diverse heritage is at risk: only 23% of European species and 16% of habitats are in good health. Biodiversity loss undermines the health of ecosystems and the human development that depends on them. 

Under the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020 all EU Member States committed to help stop global biodiversity loss by 2020. At the core of the EU’s biodiversity policy are the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. These crucial laws underpin the world’s first and largest international network of protected areas, Natura 2000.

What is WWF doing?

WWF is committed to protecting all of Europe’s unique wildlife and biodiversity, in particular in WWF’s two European priority regions, the Mediterranean and the Greater Black Sea Basin. We work to ensure that the EU:

  • Fully implements the Birds and Habitats Directives and supports the required financing; 
  • Effectively enforces existing EU laws on  nature protection
  • Properly and consistently integrates biodiversity into key economic sectors through its agriculture, water, infrastructure and development, climate and energy policies.

WWF advocates for EU policies that protect threatened species and areas around the world. This includes ensuring sufficient EU development support for biodiversity conservation and ambitious EU positions in international biodiversity policy frameworks such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and CITES.

In coalition with other NGO’s WWF has run the Nature Alert campaign, which succeeded to prevent a revision of the EU Birds- and Habitats Directive. This campaign has mobilised over half a million EU citizens in favour of the Directives.

Policy timeline

Our biodiversity team

Andreas Baumueller
Head, Natural Resources
+32 2 740 09 21

Erik Gerittsen
Biodiversity & Freshwater Policy Officer
+32 2 743 88 14

Sabien Leemans
Policy coordinator, biodiversity
+32 486 80 04 37

Stefania Campogianni
Senior Media & Communications Officer
+32 2 743 88 15
	© Wild Wonders of Europe /Staffan Widstrand / WWF
© Wild Wonders of Europe /Staffan Widstrand / WWF


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  • It is estimated that Natura 2000, the European network of protected areas, can provide benefits worth a minimum of € 200-300 bn per year, and between 4,5 and 8 million jobs.