EU biodiversity rescue plan unveiled

Plan includes actions and targets for community and member states to 2010 and beyond

The European commission presented a new EU action plan to achieve the bloc’s target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010 on Monday – the international day for biodiversity. The plan sets out concrete initiatives and targets at community and national level to 2010 and beyond.

The new action plan is intended to complement a 1998 EU biodiversity strategy (EED 04/02/98) and 2001 action plans (EED 29/03/01). A communication accompanying the new plan acknowledges that implementation of these measures “has been insufficient”. It is still possible to halt EU biodiversity loss by 2010, the communication stresses, but efforts must be urgently accelerated.

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