Nature’s Lifeline: EU Environment Chief Warns Against Derailing Flagship Law for Restoration

In light of growing opposition to the legislation, the EU’s environment commissioner has issued a warning that member states must agree to a landmark law to restore nature throughout Europe or risk sending “a dangerous, negative signal to the world.”

Last June, the European Commission uncovered recommendations for lawfully restricting focuses for all part states to reestablish natural life ashore, waterways and the ocean. Environmentalists praised both the nature restoration law and a separate law that called for a crackdown on chemical pesticides in advance of the Cop15 biodiversity summit in Montreal.

Yet, they have since confronted solid resistance from agrarian, fishing and ranger service campaigning gatherings and some part states. The largest group in the parliament, the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), has called for the legislation to be repealed, claiming that it would harm farmers and put climate commitments in jeopardy.

According to documents seen by the Guardian, some member states are attempting to weaken both proposals, particularly the creation of restoration areas and restrictions on pesticide use.

“We are remaining on the edge of the bluff with biodiversity breakdown and the dismissal of the nature rebuilding regulation would hop into the deep darkness,” Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU magistrate for the climate, seas and fisheries, told the Gatekeeper. ” The world would be sent a dangerous and negative message if the EU and its member states rejected the most ambitious proposal ever made to restore nature. The proposed law on pesticides is overseen by a separate commissioner.

Sinkeviius continued, “Without nature, the Green Deal cannot be implemented.” We have tremendous potential to reduce emissions. Zero is within reach. However, they are unable to absorb carbon or reduce heat if ecosystems, soil, our forests, and marine ecosystems degrade. We lack technologies that can take their place. The nature rebuilding regulation is comparable to the environment regulation and I trust it will be treated as in a serious way,” he said.

The opposition from member states and lobbyists, according to BirdLife Europe’s regional director Ariel Brunner, went beyond the usual horse-trading in Brussels. He said that abandoning commitments in Europe would undermine calls from member states to protect important ecosystems in other parts of the world, like the Amazon rainforest.

“This is extremely grave. The farming, forest, and fishing lobby is making high-level attempts to kill the legislation. With the typical games, this is not a discussion of specifics; rather, there is a genuine attempt to simply knock it off,” he stated.

“These two bits of regulation [nature rebuilding and pesticides] are one of the three legs of the European Green Arrangement. Killing them implies forsaking the Green Arrangement. It would be horrendous for Europe’s remaining on the planet and would give trustworthiness to the Bolsonaros of this world who say that all the environment and biodiversity stuff is an endeavor to keep us poor by the rich world so they can remain rich,” Brunner added.

There’s simply no time left on the EU’s authoritative plan to pass the recommendations in front of European races one year from now.

The final agreement at Cop15 in Montreal, which included goals to restore 30% of degraded ecosystems and protect 30% of the planet for nature by the end of the decade, was driven in large part by the EU.

Original Content – The Guardian