More than 200 stakeholder representatives from the 25 EU countries and from various NGOs agreed late this May in Malahide in Ireland on 18 very concrete targets on how we together can work towards reaching the EU target to stop the loss of biodiversity by 2010. The Malahide Message was sent from the Irish Presidency to the European Commission and to the EU countries to help guide the political decisions to be taken now and in the next years. The main message was clear: we cannot reach the 2010 target, unless direct and focused action to enhance biodiversity conditions is taken both on nature conservation and in the improtant sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry, but also on water, tourism, transport, energy and environmental pollution. The focus now on biodiversity in EU and in Europe is an integral part of the global concern expressed in the work under the Convention on Biological Diversity and formulated in the latest conference of the parties in February. The Malahide Message: http://www.dk-chm.dk/convention/cbd_regional/F1084886121/1086862003
. Malahide web site: http://www.ue2004.ie/templates/meeting.asp?sNavlocator=5,418,13&list_id=193.