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Nature Restoration Law: European Parliament votes for Saving Nature

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The European Parliament has adopted the trilogue result on the Nature Restoration Law with 329 votes in favour, 275 against and 24 abstentions. Henrike Hahn, Bavarian member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA), member of the Industry Committee (ITRE), industrial policy speaker and deputy spokesperson of the German Greens in the European Parliament, comments:

"This law is a major green success for saving European nature, which is in an increasingly critical condition.

The thin support of the EPP group and constant willingness to let the law fail in the negotiation process shows that the EPP has still not sufficiently understood that climate protection and securing prosperity are inextricably linked. Nature is not a “nice to have”: we also need intact ecosystems as the basis for a competitive economy.

It is not good form not to support the core projects of EPP Commission candidate Ursula von der Leyen from within your own ranks.

It also shows a lack of recognition of how important the Green Deal is for Europe's climate, security and prosperity. Instead of looking to the far right, the EPP should forge substantive alliances to support the Green Deal - which would also provide powerful support for their own candidate. Being blind to climate and nature conservation will not be of any advantage to the EPP in the upcoming European election."

Background on the law:

Overarching objective:

By 2030, 20% of the EU's land areas and 20% of its lake areas are to be renatured, i.e. returned to a state closer to nature.

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Natura 2000:

The EU member states have the opportunity to give priority to restoring areas in the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of protected areas that have been designated as restoration areas.

Non-deterioration requirement:

Renatured areas should remain in good ecological condition.

Measures in agroecosystems, especially on peatlands:

Measures to improve indicators (meadow butterflies, field birds, pollinators, structural diversity), and renaturation of drained moorland, partly through (voluntary) rewetting.

Implementation:

Member states must submit national restoration plans with clear goals for their implementation two years after the law comes into force.

“Emergency brake”:

In unforeseeable emergency situations, when food security is at risk due to a lack of availability of cultivated land across the EU, the restoration of agricultural ecosystems may be suspended

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