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Halt biodiversity decline

Feb 12th, 2009 | By ssacn | Category: Highlight

says a re-launched EU parliamentary intergroup which will be named the ‘climate change and biodiversity’ group in an effort to “re-energise” EU efforts to address the issue.

MEP Struan Stevenson said “EU targets aimed at curbing biodiversity loss by the year 2010 were unlikely to be met”, and continued “What is needed in a new set of more realistic targets which are actually achievable. We need serious targets to stop biodiversity and species loss.”

Mr Stevenson chairs parliament’s sustainable development intergroup, which was set up 15 years ago and is now the assembly’s biggest intergroup with 120 members. Mr Stevenson, who has chaired the group for the past five years, said, “The challenge and urgency for a new biodiversity target is at least as high as defining the post Kyoto climate target.

Concluding “We simply have to do more to halt the potentially disastrous biodiversity decline.”

SSACN - As far as we can see, the main problem appears to be that the various European, UK, Scottish and Local Biodiversity Action Plans are toothless. Many of the marine species like the common skate are on the list but despite signing up to the conventions Scotland has done nothing to protect them.

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