EU agriculture reforms too weak for wildlife

Researchers have described reforms to agriculture in the European Union as too diluted to have any real effect on farmland wildlife.

After three years of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) negotiations, experts have warned that the “greening measures” imposed on farmers will have no effect on the decline of wildlife. Research found that 80-90% of farmers in the EU are exempt from the measures.

Researchers identified a need for individual member states to design stricter national plans if they are to meet the biodiversity targets for 2020.

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