In this interview, Council of Europe expert Iva Obretanova marks International Day for Biological Diversity with a warning on the state of Europe’s marine and coastal areas.
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity some 20 years ago. This year’s event is dedicated to the protection of marine biodiversity.
Iva Obretenova says: “The challenges for marine diversity are great. Increasing human impact on coastal areas has destroyed a lot of the wetland habitats, polluted the water and many of the species are disappearing. Some 80 % of fish species are over-exploited or have already disappeared.”
The Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention, 1979) is the first European treaty to provide a legal framework for institutional and policy responses aimed at nourishing biodiversity and reversing its loss.
The Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest is a key feature of the Bern Convention’s support for nature conservation in Europe.
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