EU Environment Ministers commits to increased effort for nature protection | WWF

EU Environment Ministers commits to increased effort for nature protection

Posted on 19 June 2017
Pirin National park is protected by EU law but increasing industrial developments are threatening the site.
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WWF welcomes today’s commitments by EU Environment ministers to support the “EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy” proposed by the Commission and to effectively protect nature across the continent. The EU Action Plan includes a series of essential actions to ensure Europe’s nature is better protected.

Sabien Leemans, WWF Senior Policy Officer Biodiversity at WWF EU Policy Office, said:
“WWF welcomes today’s decision by EU environment ministers to do more to protect our unique wildlife and natural habitats across Europe. Now it is time to put words into action and swiftly complete the long overdue designation of the Natura 2000, Europe’s network of protected areas, and ensure enough funds and resources for its effective management.”

As reported by WWF, EU protected areas are at risk due to lack of proper implementation of EU laws, series of wrongdoings by member states, and insufficient enforcement by the Commission.

Andreas Baumüller, Head Natural Resources at WWF European Policy Office, added:
“Today’s commitment by environment ministers can only be effective if environment, agriculture and finance ministers are on board together. The EU Action plan for nature needs to be backed by increased investments in nature in the next EU budget and a strong reform of a broken agricultural policy currently damaging biodiversity. Halting biodiversity loss and the dramatic depletion of our finite natural resources is crucial to ensure our long term wellbeing and economic prosperity.”
Pirin National park is protected by EU law but increasing industrial developments are threatening the site.
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