EUROPARC’s Support for the EU Green Deal

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A letter to the European Union underlined EUROPARC’s support for the EU Green Deal and the important role Protected Areas play.

With a message to the president of the European Commission Mrs Ursula von der Leyen, the Executive Vice-President Mr Frans Timmermans, the President of the European parliament Mr David Sassoli and the Commissioner Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius, EUROPARC expresses full support to the EU Green Deal.

EUROPARC’s support for the EU Green Deal

We are strongly convinced that the vision expressed in the Green Deal is our life-line to a sustainable future.

If we want clean air and drinkable water for everyone. If we want a biodiverse and climate-neutral society. If we believe in justice and solidarity and if we would like to give a perspective to the future generations, for these reasons we give our full support to the EU’s Green Deal.

We are living in difficult times, but the Green Deal agenda should not be delayed, as the priorities foreseen are crucial to overcome the challenges ahead of us.

In this framework, EUROPARC firmly expresses the urgency for the approval of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, a crucial pillar of the EU Green Deal. The increase of European surface protected, the promotion of specific initiatives for the restoration of habitats and ecosystems, together with targets for effective management of Natura 2000 sites and Protected Areas are all essential.

EUROPARC welcomes also the development of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy. This is another fundamental component of the EU Green Deal. The strategic vision and the power to integrate multiple policies, is a strong asset of the Green Deal. This is why EUROPARC and 18 other NGO’s joined the European Habitats Forum in sending a joint letter on biodiversity and the Farm to Fork strategy to President von der Leyen, Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius. Read the joint letter here.

Moreover, we support that Climate Policies remain high on the EU priority list.

The EU Green Deal has an enormous potential to transform our Europe. In order to fulfil its ambitions, it cannot remain a commitment on paper, but it should be applied concretely at European, national and local levels.

EUROPARC and its wide network of Protected Areas are ready and willing to play their role to contribute to implementing effectively the EU Green Deal strategies.

Read the entire letter supporting the Green Deal here (English) or here (French)!