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Biodiversity: Assessment confirms EU has missed 2010 target

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Monday, 11 October 2010

Biodiversity: Assessment confirms EU has missed 2010 target

A report published today confirms that the EU has missed its target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. The assessment of implementing the Commission's Biodiversity Action Plan shows that Europe's biodiversity remains under severe threat from the excessive demands we are making on our environment, such as changes in land use, pollution, invasive species and climate change. Nevertheless, the assessment reveals that significant progress has been made over the last two years. Important lessons learned from implementing the action plan will underpin the EU's post-2010 strategy. EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “We have learned some very important lessons and managed to raise biodiversity to the top of the political agenda. But we need everyone on board and not just in Europe. The threat around the world is even greater than in the EU. That’s why it’s imperative that Nagoya delivers a strong global strategy on the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems."

Source: European Commission