More than 80 percent of the EU's natural habitats are in poor or bad condition and more must be done to protect them, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a report
Six million euros of emergency EU funding will be made available to bolster conservation. The IUCN will manage the grants, together with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.
Amid growing calls for an outright ban, the EU has come under increasing pressure to help protect African elephants by ending the trade of ivory within its borders
Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are trafficked each year from Europe, ending up in China and Japan in what is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth," campaigners say.