Biodiversity, 9 out of 10 Italians do not know the EU Strategy

According to the survey carried out by Emg for the WWF Italia Study Centre, illustrated during the Valore Natura meeting organized by Marevivo and WWF, 86% of citizens say they are unaware of the 2022 constitutional reform

The 90% of citizens are unaware of the fact that the European Union has launched a strategy to reach 30% of protected land and sea in all of Europe by 2030. This is what emerges from a very recent survey carried out by Emg for the WWF Italia Study Centre, illustrated by the managing director and partner of EMG Different Fabrizio Masia during the Valore Natura meeting organized by Marevivo and WWF this morning in Rome.

Moreover, 86% of citizens say they are unaware of the 2022 constitutional reformwhich modified articles 9 and 41 of the Italian Constitution by inserting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems within its general principles.

45% of citizens think that our country is not doing enough to achieve this European goal and those interviewed believe that the State (47% citations) and the Regions (24% citations) should be the players in the front line to achieve it. The perception of public opinion is that not enough is being done to protect natural processes and protected areas (54% little + not at all) and 77% of the interviewees are very/quite in favor of allocating more resources to the defense of nature . 75% (8 out of 10 Italians) think that the State should employ more resources than it has done up to now on the protection of protected areas and nature in general.

“The vast majority of Italians ignore the constitutional reform on the environment that has been in force for a year now. An even higher percentage of people do not know that our country must place at least 30% of the land and sea under protection by 2030. A possible but very difficult objective if awareness of the importance of nature conservation is not increased and if current protected areas, both terrestrial and marine, are not made more efficient and effective, also establishing those already provided for by law – declared the President of WWF Italy Luciano DiTizio – 2030, the deadline set by the European Union, is in seven years: at this rate we will not be able to achieve an indispensable objective to protect our nature, our sea and our well-being. An extraordinary commitment is needed, which the citizens are asking for and which must see the institutions as protagonists from the outset”.

Wwf and Marevivo, also with a document presented during the meeting, underlined how the current system sees Marine Protected Areas relegated to a sort of Serie B with different tools and roles than those guaranteed to terrestrial protected areas.

“There are 29 marine protected areas in Italy, plus 2 submerged parks, but few know their importance” – he declared Rosalba Giugni, president Marevivo – Although it is a significant number, the percentage of effectively protected territorial waters is far from that set for 2030, which provides for an extension of 30% compared to the current ones. Considering that the sea protected to date covers only 13.4% and that of these only 0.01% has an integral level of protection and that the funds allocated for the MPAs are equal to 7 million euros per year, corresponding to a tenth of those guaranteed to terrestrial parks, Marevivo asks for concrete interventions to improve the management and protection of our immense marine heritage”.



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