Posted on 26 April 2018
Joint statement calling for an increase of investments in nature and biodiversity across future External Financing Instruments.
Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s proposal for the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework on 2 May, WWF, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Wetlands International European Association, and Conservation International Europe, issued a joint statement
. They have called for an increase of investments in nature and biodiversity across future External Financing Instruments, and to acknowledge the urgency of tackling environmental degradation and biodiversity loss globally as essential elements for achieving Agenda2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals as well as the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
A healthy natural environment is a precondition to achieving sustainable development and human well-being, and resilient ecosystems can be our best allies in tackling climate change and contribute to global mitigation and adaptation efforts. The EU as a responsible global player should step up its efforts in tackling these interlinked challenges and promote the sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity protection and ecosystem resilience. The next EU Budget is the perfect opportunity for the EU to demonstrate global leadership by providing considerable, transparent and predictable funding to support healthy people and planet globally.
The Joint statement
makes clear recommendations which should underpin and be integrated in the next set of EU External Financing Instruments
Senior EU Development Policy and Funding Officer
WWF European Policy Office