Natural Resources

Clouds surrounding the Tre Cime di Lavaredo with wildflowers in the foreground, Sexten Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy, Europe, July 2009
© Wild Wonders of Europe /Frank Krahmer / WWF

Europe is the most fragmented continent of the world. Its land, forest, water and marine resources have been heavily exploited in the last decades to support our wellbeing and economic development.

The negative impacts of such an unsustainable development cannot be ignored and require thoughtful political decisions at the EU and national levels. Biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, water overuse, deforestation and illegal logging, overfishing, are among the main problems WWF is working on to protect Europe’s nature. 

In its Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, the EU has recognised that resource efficiency - creating more value with fewer resources - is an absolute necessity in order to bring the EU back to a sustainable economy the respects the limits of our planet


  • Andreas Baumueller

    Head, Natural Resources

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 740 09 21


 / ©: Wild Wonders of Europe /Staffan Widstrand / WWF
Over 520,000 people spoke up to save them in the European Commission's consultation – the biggest number ever reached in the history of the EU! 

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WWF is working in the following areas to ensure that natural resources are used in a sustainable and efficient way: