Time is ripe for change: Towards a Common Agricultural Policy that works for people and nature | WWF

Time is ripe for change: Towards a Common Agricultural Policy that works for people and nature

Posted on 28 April 2017    
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Agriculture and nature are inseparably linked. Agriculture relies on healthy nature and ecosystem services, which underpin farmers’ livelihoods and people’s wellbeing.

At the same time, unsustainable farming practices are an important driver of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. A transition is needed towards truly sustainable food and farming systems that work for people and nature. 

EU institutions and national governments should address today’s environmental and societal challenges responsibly. They must deliver on national, European and international commitments such as the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. 

The current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not fit for this purpose. WWF therefore calls for the CAP to be re-designed in order to support the necessary transition in agricultural practices, and asks for:
  1. Programmed and targeted schemes to become the core of this policy.
  2. Coherence with other EU and global policies and a widened governance structure.

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