Call for MEPs to back ambitious biodiversity proposal

Ambitious targets to restore a third of the EU’s degraded land could make biodiversity a priority for 2020, environmentalists have said ahead of a vote by MEPs on Wednesday.

A plenary session of the European Parliament will debate the EU’s ambitions for the 2030 biodiversity framework and vote on proposals including making 30% of EU territory ‘natural areas’ and restoring 30% of degraded land. 

The targets are expected to meet the most resistance among the measures in the resolution, which was first revealed last month. Although the parliament’s environment committee voted by a landslide to support the resolution, an EU source warned that some political groups are seeking to remove the ambition. 

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