Johanna Sandahl elected new President of Europe’s largest environmental network

Members of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have elected Johanna Sandahl, President of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, as the network’s new President. Sandahl was appointed today at the annual general meeting of the EEB in Berlin.

The EEB is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ groups, with over 160 members in more than 35 countries.

Johanna Sandahl has chaired the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation since 2014 and is the association’s spokesperson on climate and forest policy. An agronomist by education, she has been an advocate on environmental and development issues within various movements in Sweden and beyond.

“The next five years will be a key window of opportunity to build a greener Europe. We are facing unprecedented climate and environmental challenges. We must cut greenhouse gas emissions and stop the collapse of our ecosystems, and we need major reforms of our common policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy”, said Johanna Sandahl.

Thanking the outgoing President Jouni Nissinen for his service to the organisation, Ms Sandahl said:

“The EU is a highly effective forum for taking action on environmental issues that know no borders. We now have a new European Commission and a greener European Parliament than ever before. The European Green Deal must deliver a better future for people and nature”, she added.

The EEB general assembly also appointed four Vice-Presidents:

Attracta Ui Bhroin, An Taisce, Irish Wildlife Trust, Ireland
Toni Vidan, Zelena Akcija – Friends of the Earth Croatia
Bjela Vossen, DNR – Deutscher Naturschutzring, Germany
Bernhard Zlanabitnig, Umweltdachverband – EU-Umweltbüro, Austria

Sixteen environmental organisations were welcomed by the assembly as new members of the EEB network.

Overview of the EEB’s new Executive Committee can be found here.

Press images on Johanna Sandahl can be found here.

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