WWF Submission to the EC Public Consultation “Towards a post-2015 development framework”WWF is a participating organisation in the Beyond 2015 campaign and fully supports the Beyond 2015 European Task Force submission to this EC Public Consultation. In addition, in our comments, we are taking the opportunity to further elaborate the role of the environment and environmental sustainability in the post-2015 development agenda.
While we are all ultimately dependent on natural resources and environmental services, such as clean air and water, it is often the poorest communities who are most directly vulnerable and affected when these services are degraded or destroyed. These problems are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change and pollution.
Unsustainable use of natural resources, weak governance and growing levels of inequality lead to increasing conflicts, particularly around access to and use of natural resources. For millions of poor people around the world, particularly in rural areas, the natural world provides livelihoods essential for survival.
WWF’s work tackles poverty through ensuring the environmental basis of all human survival is protected and giving people a voice in environmental governance and natural resource decision-making, thus taking us closer to achieving the MDGs and shaping sustainable and equitable development.