MEPs demand legally binding targets on biodiversity

Europe should set aside 30% of its territory as nature reserves, introduce binding targets to reduce pesticide use, and invest 10% of its long-term budget in measures to reverse species loss and habitat degradation, the European Parliament said on Thursday.

The assembly's demands were set out in a non-binding resolution on the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in October, where global leaders are expected to strike a deal akin to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

MEPs said the objective of designating 30% of terrain as protected natural areas and restoring at least 30% of degraded ecosystems should be enshrined in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be agreed at Kunming, China, as binding targets for 2030.

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