1 Tahrcountry Musings: World’s most endangered cat species threatened by EU funds

Friday, March 03, 2006

World’s most endangered cat species threatened by EU funds

Despite the EU's commitment to halt biodiversity loss by 2010, vast sums of European Union money are being spent on roads, dams and irrigation schemes which threaten critically endangered species and key habitats in Europe. Habitat of the Iberian lynx(lynx pardinus) the world’s most endangered cat species is being destroyed in the process. In Spain, the remaining Iberian lynx population,with around 100 individuals left, including just 25 breeding females is under major threat due to loss and fragmentation of habitat. EU funds are used here for infrastructure, such as 20 dams and 16 roads, including the new highway Toledo-Ciudad Real-Puertollano-Cordoba, which will have a detrimental impact on lynx habitat.Other major threats to the Iberian lynx's survival include plummeting numbers of wild rabbits (the lynx's principal prey), and illegal hunting.

3 comments:

Sneha said...

I thought we in developing countries had all the problems. "Development" sure has diierent connotations for diffrent people

JLB said...

It seems like a perpetual challenge for governments to make connections between different branches of development, as in the cases of wildlife habitat and human habitat.

Why is it so difficult to see that all things are interconnected?

Richard S. Milian said...

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