European biodiversity factfile launched

NGO releases first biannual report on current state, trends in European nature

The "most comprehensive" record of current European biodiversity trends was launched today by a leading European conservation NGO. The Netherlands-based European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC) released the first in a new series of biannual reports, entitled "Facts and Figures on Europe's Biodiversity". The book brings together research findings from various sources, including some specialist groups on individual species. It also outlines current national and EU policy and funding on biodiversity and conservation, and includes a number of future scenarios for biodiversity. The book's authors claim it presents relevant information in an accessible way to policy makers, its desired audience. ECNC director Rob Wolters told ENDS Daily he hoped the new series would provide for the first time "a complete picture" of biodiversity trends. This in turn could help biodiversity to become more integrated with other policy sectors, he said. According to the ECNC, the situation of European biodiversity is declining rapidly. Insufficient political profile, poor implementation and a lack of international funds are preventing policy instruments from reversing this trend, it claims.

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