Recent global events, from climate change and extreme weather, to the Covid-19 pandemic remind us of the essential role of nature and biodiversity for our health, well-being and economic development. Facing these challenges also provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to build back better for people and the planet.
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Time for Nature” highlighting both the importance of nature in our daily lives, whether by spending time near the ocean or woods, or our economic reliance on the natural world.
Investing in Nature
The business case for biodiversity protection is compelling, large parts of our economies depend on nature in one way or the other. But we still have not invested yet enough in natural capital.
We want to change that. On 20 May, the European Commission launched a new Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. This strategy is part of our Green Deal and our strategy to build back better and greener from this pandemic.
The EU Biodiversity Strategy is
Cooperation with our global partners is a key pillar of our strategy, and climate and environment will feature even more prominently in our development policy.
This year’s UN Biodiversity Summit in September and next year’s Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity where the world will agree new Global Biodiversity targets are global meetings that can make a difference – if we go there with the necessary commitment and ambition to make a change.
For too long, biodiversity hasn’t been on the top of the political agenda. We can no longer afford this. It is “Time for Nature” at the top of our political agendas and in our everyday lives.
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