Enormous effort required to halting biodiversity loss by 2010
The EU will fail to meet its target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 unless there is significant additional effort over the next two years. This is the key conclusion of the first comprehensive assessment of progress in implementing a Biodiversity Action Plan to halt biodiversity loss in the EU.
Despite some encouraging results, notably with the further extension of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas and important investments in biodiversity, the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem concerns into other sectoral policies remains an important challenge.
A new Communication from the Commission identifies priorities for further action. High Nature Value farmland does feature (within the indicator concerned with Agriculture: area under management practices potentially supporting biodiversity) as part of one of the 26 indicators being used to assess progress towards the 2010 target.
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