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Parliamentary questions
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12 December 2018
E-006228-18
Question for written answer E-006228-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Adam Szejnfeld (PPE)

 Subject:  Protecting vanishing plant and animal species, including primeval forests in Indonesia, and orangutans
 Answer in writing 

The more palms are grown to produce palm oil, the fewer orangutans [exist]. Poor people want to have a job and a source of income in order to support their families and educate their children. This is the case in Indonesia and also the case in many other places in the world. Of course, this process provides means for people to live better, but it comes at the cost of destroying primeval forests and the extinction of rare species of plants and animals. This is happening on all continents. It is the responsibility of our civilization to achieve a sustainable development that serves people and, at the same time, does not harm nature.

Unfortunately, the actions of many countries, including EU Member States, and also many non-governmental organisations in the world, have not brought the expected results so far. Not only does the natural desire of people in poor countries to have ample means or an increase in consumption continue to lead to the destruction of nature, a symbol of which are species like orangutans threatened with extinction, but also the dishonest desire to make quick profits, low standards of administrative management in developing countries, corruption and international crime.

We are getting much better at taking care of the climate, but we are still not achieving satisfactory successes in the fight for nature. Therefore, I would like to ask whether the Commission — perhaps also with international organisations — is planning to introduce new, innovative instruments to combat environmental damage?

Original language of question: PL 
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