Ministers criticised over biodiversity strategy

EU environment ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday have been strongly criticised for ditching a call for actions on farming in a resolution on biodiversity. The document gives a list of measures to implement agreed targets for 2020.

In a statement issued after the meeting, commissioner Janez Potocnik said maintaining and restoring agriculture and forest biodiversity was a "precondition to attaining our biodiversity objectives". He stressed the important role that farmers and the common agriculture policy (CAP) have to play in protecting ecosystem services.

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