Many of Europe’s species have unfavourable conservation status

The (EU) Parliament Magazine reports on a recent assessment of the state of Europe’s biodiversity:

Europe's biodiversity still faces significant pressure according to recent assessments. Image by taesmileland on freedigitalphotos.net.

Europe’s biodiversity still faces significant pressure according to recent assessments. Image by taesmileland on freedigitalphotos.net.

Nature policy works when implemented well. The health of our natural environment is a key component of our health and wealth, but our recent assessments show that the majority of habitats and species in Europe have an unfavourable conservation status despite significant improvements for many species in recent years.

The results are mixed, but clear. When implemented well, conservation measures work and improve the status of habitats and species on the ground.

Nevertheless, improvements remain limited and patchy, and, unfortunately, Europe’s biodiversity is still eroding and the pressures continue. Under the habitats directive reporting, 77 per cent of habitats and 60 per cent of species assessments are unfavourable while only 16 per cent of habitats and 23 per cent of species assessments are favourable.

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