7th EAP: An A-Z of policy rather than a strategy to protect the environment
Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) has a most admirable set of defenses against predation from birds and rodents. The eyespots, which resemble an owl when viewed upside down, are flashed at any inquisitive bird. Any would be attacker is giving even greater cause for concern from the loud grating noise produced by the rasping of the forewings. Innsbruck, Austria
The European Commission has released a proposal for a new environmental programme for the European Union that will last until 2020. This 7th Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP) will subsequently be approved by the European Parliament and European Council.
WWF has analysed this proposal and is unsatisfied as it mainly repeats previous commitments rather than setting a clear roadmap with targets and timetables to reach by 2020 as requested by the Environment Council.
WWF international offices are also unhappy with this report as it is fails to provide a clear strategy for the reduction of Europe’s consumption of global resources. According to WWF’s Living Planet report if everybody in the world lived like the average European citizen, the equivalent of 2.8 Earths would be required to keep up with the current natural resource depletion rates. We are clearly living beyond our means.
Quotes from Mr Tony Long, Director WWF European Policy Office
“What the European Commission has presented today is a list of ingredients rather than a recipe for solving global environmental problems. The 7th EAP proposal reads more like an A-Z of current policy rather than providing a credible strategy towards reducing our impact on world resources. It neither outlines clear targets needed, nor does it set out a timeline for achieving the policy goals. We need a more specific strategy that addresses the environmental challenges and offers milestones towards fixing the issues.“
Press Release from the European Commission launching 7EAP
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