The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The European Green Deal, a much-anticipated policy, was left out of the Zagreb Declaration. It also failed to address the environment and nature as key elements for building a stronger, just and more resilient future, WWF warns in an open letter to the European Commission and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, currently presiding over the Council of the European Union
In its open letter, WWF emphasizes the importance of the European Green Deal, which recognized biodiversity loss, climate change, and ecosystem degradation as priorities for the EU's future political agenda. It will lead to much needed economic, social, and environmental change. Sadly, the content of the Zagreb Declaration shows that Western Balkans leaders decided to ignore it.
“At this point, when we have all the scientific data clearly stating that we must act fast and invest our efforts in securing a green economy, low-carbon energy system, and overall improvement of environmentally responsible behaviour, decision-makers chose to set it aside”, said Petra Remeta from WWF.
WWF underlines the need for a strong commitment of decision-makers in Western Balkans, as well as those in the EU, to achieve full integration of the European Green Deal in the forthcoming Economic and Investment Plan for the region.
"The EU Green Deal is an important blueprint for the economic recovery not just of current EU members, but also of our nearest neighbours and beyond," stated Ester Asin, Director of WWF European Policy Office.
"We urge all political leaders to unite behind a sustainable, resilient future economy that leaves no-one behind", said Asin.
Summits like this are an opportunity for Western Balkans leaders to gather in one place and discuss burning questions. But, their agenda can no longer be focused only on political and economic topics. They cannot ignore environmental challenges which are intertwined with societal issues, including economy and politics, since degradation of nature will affect all aspects of our well being.