Today, with its groundbreaking new report on the state of biodiversity in the EU, BirdLife International denounces the EU’s failure to reach its target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010 and indicates the necessary steps needed to stop the loss of biodiversity and to enhance its recovery in the EU.

The report highlights Ireland’s poor record at a European level: poisonings of birds of prey and loss of valuable wetlands that help prevent flooding are amongst the more serious issues facing our natural environment. Unfortunately the areas we are failing to perform in cut across everything – legislation, the capacity of Government departments and agencies to enforce environmental protection measures, and the lack of resources available to undertake active conservation measures.