Biodiversity on the brink
Biodiversity both inside and outside the European Union continues to decline each year. The EU aims to address this through its Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, which emphasises the role of financing in addressing the biodiversity crisis.
However, a number of significant barriers at the national level remain, preventing the successful uptake and efficient use of such financing. The financial allocations earmarked for nature restoration and conservation measures are too low, even though EU funding is available.
Territorial Just Transition Plans should steer carbon-intensive regions towards climate neutrality while addressing social, economic and environmental issues and engaging stakeholders. After two years of planning and drafting the plans, Member States should be ready to implement them. In this episode, we explore the just transition in Bulgaria and Hungary with the help of our guests Alexa Botar, climate and energy program director at Friends of the Earth Hungary, and Ventzeslava Kojouharova, just transition campaigner at Za Zemiata, Bulgaria.
We expose the risks of international public finance and bring critical updates from the ground. We believe that the billions of public money should work for people and the environment.