The European Parliament vote
The European Parliament passed a Resolution in February 2009 calling for improved protection, funding and promotion of wilderness areas. It was adopted with 538 votes in favour and only 19 against, representing a massive cross party endorsement and a strong popular mandate for action.
Aspects requested by the Resolution
- Develop an EU wilderness strategy, coherent with the Birds and Habitats Directives and setting priorities
- Devote special attention to the effective protection of wilderness
- Detect immediate threats linked to wilderness
- Give a special status to and stricter protection for wilderness zones in the Natura 2000
- Strengthening of wilderness-related policies and measures
- Co-operation (by the EC and Member States) with local non-governmental organisations, stakeholders and the local population to promote the value of wilderness
- Member States to exchange their experiences of best practices and lessons learned about wilderness areas
This Resolution was based on a Report from the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The Resolution also called on the European Commission to recognize the Wild Europe initiative.
The Resolution reflects a growing awareness of the value of Europe’s remaining wilderness and wild areas, and the urgent need to protect and restore them.
Wild Europe provided a collective presentation at the European Parliament before adoption of the Resolution, and is developing a strategy for representation of wilderness and wild area issues.