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High-level WWF delegation meets EC President

Posted on 17 November 2006
WWF's President meets EU Commission President Barroso
© WWF/Ezequiel Scagnetti
Brussels, Belgium – On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of WWF-Belgium, WWF International President Chief Emeka Anyaoku met with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to discuss a range of issues, including the state of the marine environment, poverty eradication, EU chemicals legislation (REACH) and climate change.

Marine resources in Europe are under threat from over fishing with some fish stocks on the brink of commercial extinction. The bycatch of marine species, illegal and unreported fishing and the use of destructive fishing gear has further damaged the marine environment.

Through its lobbying work within the European Union, WWF is involved in helping to implement the revised European Common Fisheries Policy. In particular, the global conservation organization is working to implement recovery plans and develop long-term management plans to ensure the sustainable management of fish stocks.

EC President Barroso and WWF International President Anyaoku — together with WWF International Director General Jim Leape, WWF European Policy Office Director Tony Long and WWF-Belgium CEO Reginald Pauwels — also discussed the need to eradicate poverty in Africa through sustainable development, as well as the challenge of climate change.

"President Barroso emphasised the importance of staving off climate change threats and eliminating poverty as key priorities for the European Union, not only for the seriousness of the challenges they represent but also as a way of connecting European citizens with the enormous potential that combined European action on these issues represents," said Tony Long for WWF.

A WWF delegation is currently in Nairobi, Kenya, attending an international climate change meeting, hoping to pressure countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

END NOTE:
• More than 300 guests attended a reception in Brussels today to mark the 40th anniversary of WWF-Belgium. This national office is recognized within the country as one of the leading environmental organizations on sustainable development and forest management issues, with many projects in Belgium and abroad. Donations at the gala event will go to a WWF project in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park.

For further information:
Claudia Delpero, Communications Manager
WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 2 740 0925
E-mail: cdelpero@wwfepo.org