Sweden not doing enough to protect biodiversity, new report shows

A new feeding program is contributing to an increased arctic fox population in Sweden. (iStock)
More than 2000 Swedish species are at risk of going extinct, including the Arctic Fox. (iStock)
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has published a report with suggestions on how the government can step up its efforts to safeguard global biodiversity.

The so-called Aichi Targets, which world leaders agreed upon in 2010 to help protect the planet’s resources and diversity, expire this year.

Zoologist Torbjorn Ebenhard, one of the co-authors of the report, says most of the targets have not been achieved, whether regionally, nationally or globally.

He would like to see the government move beyond promising words:

“There is still time to change things. But the longer we wait, the harder it will get and the more it will cost us”, he said.

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For more on Sweden and the six goals some say are needed to safeguard its biodiversity, listen to Radio Sweden’s report.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: UN’s bleak biodiversity report highlights Canada’s Indigenous protected areas, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finland has a ‘big responsibility’ for biodiversity loss, says researcher, Yle News

Sweden: Preserving biodiversity in Sweden’s shrinking natural forests, Radio Sweden

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