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Report from the Commission on the Implementation of the Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora – Composite Report on Overall Progress Achieved

By European Union
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Biological diversity, essential for the maintenance of life on Earth, is being lost on a global level at a rate higher than at any other time in the past, according to the UNEP’s Global Biodiversity Assessment. The same document states that in some EU Member States up to 24% of the species of certain groups such as butterflies, birds
and mammals are presently extinct.