open letter on european biodiversity

60% of freshwater ecosystems in the EU are deteriorated and in many cases not suitable anymore for amphibians and plenty of other aquatic organisms. Droughts, floods, wildfires are also on the rise in Europe. Resilient water ecosystems are more vital than ever.

The EU Water Framework Directive is an integrated and holistic environmental legislation, designed to ensure that we will have healthy and resilient freshwater bodies to support people and nature, today and in the future.

Together with 11 European zoological societies and many scientists, the European Herpetological Society (SEH) believes that there is an urgent need on enforcing environmental regulations rather than weakening them. We urge Member States and the new European Commission to preserve the Water Framework Directive in its current form, and to ensure that it is fully implemented and enforced.

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