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News article5 June 2020Service for Foreign Policy Instruments1 min read

The EU acts #ForNature to protect biodiversity, prevent pandemics, and mitigate climate change



Today, on World Environment Day, the EU reiterates the urgent call to action to protect biodiversity. Through the support of its Partnership Instrument, the EU works with international partners to shape an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

To help prevent future disease outbreaks, the EU builds international alliances to prevent wildlife trafficking.

Stopping the loss of biodiversity also prevents the proliferation of pathogens and human infections. As a result, the EU has strengthened its awareness-raising efforts to ban pangolin trafficking. This work is especially vital in light of the pangolin’s potential role in the coronavirus’s jump from animals to humans.

Healthy ecosystems are also an essential shield against climate change. This is why the EU promotes the responsible consumption of endangered species such as rosewood timber.

Do you want to know more about the links between disease outbreak frequency, biodiversity loss, and climate change? Watch the webinar organised by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), supported by the PI project “Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU support”.

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Publication date
5 June 2020
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments