Hollywood actor, film producer, and climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio praised the Government of Greece for its efforts to protect biodiversity.
In addition to being one of the world’s highest-paid actors, DiCaprio takes a keen interest in environmentalism and climate change.
Posting on social media, DiCaprio congratulated Greece for being the first European state to enshrine the recognition of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in law.
Leonardo DiCaprio applauds Greece’s government for its environmental efforts.
“Greece recently became the 1st European country to recognize Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in its laws & policies,” the Hollywood star posted on Instagram. “KBAs are the most important places in the world for the persistence of biodiversity and play a critical role in the planet’s overall health.”
“Congratulations are in order for the Greek government in leading the way by highlighting #KeyBiodiversityAreas as a key tool for expanding a network of protected areas and preserving biodiversity on Earth,” DiCaprio continued.
Leonardo DiCaprio is widely recognized for his active involvement in the climate change movement, considering it the most significant environmental challenge facing the world. He founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and supporting initiatives for the future sustainability of the planet.
DiCaprio has been an advocate for various environmental organizations, serving on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He has donated substantial sums of money to wildlife conservation efforts and has organized benefit auctions that raised millions for environmental causes.
DiCaprio has engaged in discussions with world leaders, including Pope Francis and former President Bill Clinton, regarding environmental issues and the need for action against global warming. His philanthropic contributions have reached significant milestones, with donations exceeding $100 million to combat climate change and protect wildlife.
KBAs in Greece
According to an official website, KBAs are “the most important places in the world for species and their habitats. Faced with a global environmental crisis we need to focus our collective efforts on conserving the places that matter most.”
Furthermore, “the KBA Programme supports the identification, mapping, monitoring and conservation of KBAs to help safeguard the most critical sites for nature on our planet – from rainforests to reefs, mountains to marshes, deserts to grasslands and to the deepest parts of the oceans.”
In Greece, the current Natura 2000 Committee will establish the KBA National Coordination Group, which will oversee the country’s Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) efforts. The Natura 2000 committee serves as the primary scientific advisory body, responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating policies and actions taken to protect Greece’s biodiversity.
The collection and management of KBA data for the country will be handled by the Natural Environment & Climate Change Agency of Greece (N.E.C.C.A.), led by Associate Professor Kostas Triantis.