Make Space for Nature.
In the framework of the current assessment of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, WWF, Birdlife and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) present the joint policy actions to protect nature and people in Europe.
More effort is needed at both EU and national levels to effectively protect nature, both for its own sake and for the essential role it plays in supporting well-being and prosperity of our societies. The political commitments made by the EU and its Member States (MS) to halt biodiversity loss and to achieve recovery of species, habitats and ecosystems by 2020 are otherwise unattainable.
New ambition in the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and proper and effective integration of biodiversity considerations in all relevant EU policies, supported by sufficient investments in conservation, are needed to prevent further deterioration of nature and to ensure that degraded ecosystems are restored.
Nature underpins our economy and our society; it is central to our health and well-being in both the short- and long-term, yet this is poorly reflected in existing policies and decision-making tools and frameworks. As well as providing the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe, healthy (i.e. properly conserved, protected or managed) ecosystems also make our societies more resilient in the face of societal and environmental change. We need to put nature at the heart of decision-making.