Protecting biodiversity generates economic growth


Protecting biodiversity generates economic growth

12 June 2020
The EU establishes that 30% of the seas and lands will be protected areas.

Living in harmony with nature in 2050 is the main challenge facing the EU's 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, presented by the Commission on May 20. It seeks to integrate natural diversity into global economic growth plans.

"The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has shown how vulnerable we are, as well as the importance of restoring the balance between human activity and nature," stated in his presentation the Executive Vice President, responsible for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans.

“Climate change and the loss of biodiversity constitute a clear and current danger for humanity. The EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm-to-Fork point to a new and better balance, in order to preserve the health and well-being of our population" he adds. The program addresses key factors in the loss of biodiversity, such as unsustainable use of land and sea, over exploitation of natural resources, pollution, and management of invasive alien species.

Fernando Rodríguez, professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Salamanca, considers "that it is more realistic than the previous strategy, in which the objectives were too voluntarist, and the evaluation of natural capital takes center stage."