These days I was in Kyushu Japan. As the place did not bear the brunt of typhoon Jebi, I could tour around a bit.
I was in Dazaifu where I came across this more than 1,500 years old tree. It was a stunning scene to spot. And if we think about the tree in terms of human life, it was awe-inspiring. If a man has an average life of 80 years, this tree then has been living almost 20 lives. If 30 years is a generation (when people give birth to their children), this tree has witnessed 50 generations of human evolution.
But what amazed me most was not having a tree this old, but how it was conserved. If you looked carefully at the branches at the top, you could see they were all mounted with some sort of protection. I was uplifted by the efforts the Japanese government made in conserving old trees. By protecting valuable trees, natural, historic and cultural treasures can be conserved. Cities with oldest trees should aspire for better preservation.
I am excited about the Action Plan for nature, people and the economy published on 27 April by the European Commission.
This comprehensive action plan aims to improve implementation of the Nature Directives in order to reach the EU’s goal for 2020 of halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The action plan covers four priority areas with 15 concrete actions. Actions will be launched in 2017.
The overarching concern of the action plan is to strengthen the Nature Directives’ coherence with socio-economic objectives and engagement with national, regional and local authorities, stakeholders and citizens. It stresses a participatory approach towards nature conservation, highlighting dialogue and understanding, communication and outreach, between Member States, the stakeholders and the public.
I look forward to the presentation of EU Action Plan on 6th June in Brussels. For more information, please refer to here.
歐盟委員會於四月二十七日通過《自然、人類和經濟行動計劃》（EU Action Plan for Nature, People and Economy），推動社會各界參與生態保育，實在讓人鼓舞。