Endangered species in Europe: facts and figures (infographic)
One million out of eight million species globally are threatened with extinction. Find out which and how many species in Europe are endangered or extinct.
Endangered species are plants and animals that are threatened with extinction. This is mainly caused by the loss and degradation of habitat, but also by among others pollution, climate change and invasive alien species. However, biodiversity is key for healthy ecosystems and human life.
In order to preserve endangered species, the EU wants to improve and preserve biodiversity. In a resolution adopted in January, Parliament called for an ambitious EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy to address the main drivers of biodiversity loss, and set legally binding targets for the EU and its member states.
As the European Commission unveils its new 2030 strategy, learn more about endangered species and biodiversity loss in Europe.
Endangered species in Europe
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has created a European Red list of endangered species so that action can be taken to try and save them.
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