Belgium. WWF President Chief Emeka Anyakou and EC President Josť Manuel Barroso in talks

Friday, 17 November 2006

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of WWF-Belgium, WWF International President Chief Emeka Anyakou met with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to discuss a range of issues, including the state of the marine environment, poverty eradication and climate change.

Marine resources in Europe are under threat from over fishing with some fish stocks at the brink of commercial extinction. The by catch of marine species and the use of destructive fishing gear has further damaged the marine environment.

Through its lobbying work within the European Union, WWF is involved in helping to implement the revised European Common Fisheries Policy. In particular, the global conservation organization is working to implement recovery plans and develop long-term management plans to ensure the sustainable management of fish stocks.

EC President Barroso and WWF International President Anyakou — together with WWF International Director General Jim Leape, WWF European Policy Office Director Tony Long and WWF-Belgium CEO Reginald Pauwels — also discussed the need to eradicate poverty in Africa through sustainable development, as well as the challenge of climate change.

A WWF delegation is currently in Nairobi, Kenya, attending an international climate change meeting, hoping to pressure countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 November 2006 )