Published on June 2, 2008
Section Green Report / Media
Once again, Europe is leading the way. This time in terms of having a coherent and active biodiversity protection program in place. It began in the late 1970s with a focus on protecting bird habitats and gained momentum in 1992 by expanding to sensitive areas (including seas) and including the term biodiversity, the immense variety of life that inhabits the earth.
The program recently gained the support of newer member nations to add an area roughly the size of the Netherlands as protected areas. New areas include 18 sites in Poland alone. Other areas set aside are located in Austria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Malta, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. In total, almost 20% of Europe’s land mass is protected under Futura 2000 as well as over 100,000 square kilometers of its seas.