New EU initiative to halt biodiversity loss and combat wildlife crime
EuropeAid’s new flagship initiative EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) is designed to halt biodiversity loss, fight wildlife crime and develop green economies in Least Developed Countries and those containing ‘biodiversity hotspots’, such as Madagascar, the Congo Basin, the West African forests, Tropical Andes and Mesoamerica. Ecosystems and their services in those and other areas covered by the programme are among the richest but also the most threatened of the world. Climate change, unsustainable use of natural resources, pollution, poaching and wildlife crime are among the major threats to global ecosystems.
B4Life will run from 2014 until 2020 with an estimated budget of up to €800 million and regular calls for project proposals. A ‘B4Life Facility’ will provide technical support, promote knowledge exchange and enhance communication and coordination towards achieving biodiversity targets and coherence. The initiative is divided into the following three priority areas:
- Promoting good governance of natural resources
- Securing healthy ecosystems for food security
- Developing nature-based solutions towards a green economy
In addition, the B4Life Wildlife Crisis Window (WCW) will tackle wildlife poaching and the illegal trade of endangered species, especially in Africa. READ MORE