Nature is the missed opportunity of the EU’s recovery plans

Post-COVID recovery plans are the perfect moment to reset Europe’s economy and become more sustainable, but current plans show that Europe is failing to embrace a systematic change in how it views nature, writes Sandrine Dixson-Decleve and Simon Zadek.

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