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May 20, 2020 - i News

EU promises to plant three billion more trees by 2030 as part of new Biodiversity Strategy

EU promises to plant three billion more trees by 2030 as part of new Biodiversity Strategy
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New strategy promises to tackle biodiversity crisis with sweeping measures to protect land and sea across the continent

The EU Commission has on Wednesday morning unveiled a sweeping plan to restore Europe’s natural world with promises to plant more trees, curb the use of pesticides, and protect large swathes of valuable habitats such as wetlands, forests and coastal waters.

The Biodiversity Strategy is the centre-piece of the EU’s plan to halt the decline in animal and insect populations, hit hard by decades of pollution, chemical use and the encroachment of man into wild areas.

A recent assessment by the EU Commission found that 60 per cent of wildlife in the EU is threatened or is in decline, and almost 80 per cent of habitats are suffering degradation or destruction.

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