EU biodiversity plan ‘light on substance’

An EU biodiversity strategy aims to flesh out a 2020 goal to halt biodiversity loss. But it is light on substance, say green MEPs and NGOs.

The targets in the European Commission’s new 2020 biodiversity strategy are too meek and tangible solutions are lacking, according to Green MEPs and environmental groups.

The strategy, published on 3 May, plots a course towards an end to biodiversity loss in the EU by 2020. This target was set last year as it became clear a commitment to halt biodiversity loss by 2010 had been missed (ENDS Report 423, p 56).

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