European Commission marks Biodiversity Day with new 2030 goals

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European Commission marks Biodiversity Day with new 2030 goals

May 22, 2020 22:04 IST

The United Nations International Day of Biological Diversity which falls on May 22 aims to highlight the problem of diminishing biodiversity and promote sustainable growth. To mark the day, the European Commission has shared its Biodiversity Strategy, which aims to halve the use of chemical pesticides by 2030 and ensure that at least 25% of agricultural land is reserved for organic farming, compared to 8% at the moment. Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced to zero by mid-century. The use of antimicrobials, which include antibiotics, should also be reduced by 50% for fish and animal farming. The commission also wants to plant at least 3 extra billion trees over the next ten years. The body also added that the EU will not meet its biodiversity objectives for 2020.

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