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EU in the world

The EU has a significant impact on the rest of the world through trade, foreign policy, providing official development assistance and through its consumption of natural resources.
In all of these areas, there are potential environmental impacts to manage as well as opportunities to promote environmental sustainability and sustainable development. 

The EU has developed strategic partnerships with key international players and all regions which include aspects on environmental protection and sustainable development. For example, a Joint Africa-EU Strategy, a sectoral dialogue with China on the environment as part of its overall cooperation agreement, a partnership with Latin America and support to regional integration in Asia through the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM).  

The EU acts as one in negotiating multilateral environmental agreements and conventions though the United Nations, for example, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Rio Summits, and is often seen as a leader in these fields in terms of its vision and implementation of commitments.
WWF as a global environmental organisation brings experience, best practices and knowledge to the strategies mentioned above and to many of the issues that the EU is pursuing in its foreign policies, particularly where related to natural resources and the environment.  

Closer to home, many of Europe’s last natural ecosystems are found in countries neighbouring the EU, the Caucasus, Mediterranean and Danube-Carpathian and are under serious threat due to overexploitation of natural resources or the unsustainable development of economic activities.

The EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy aims to enhance cooperation including cross-border cooperation in the area of environmental management between the EU and the countries on its borders, both to the east and the south. WWF offices are actively involved in promoting these environmental initiatives.