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New EU nature law will fail without farmers, scientists warn

The EU’s nature restoration law will only work if it is enacted in partnership with farmers, a group of leading scientists has said, after months of protests have pushed the proposals to the brink of collapse. In an open letter, leading biodiversity researchers from across the world said that efforts to restore nature are vital for guaranteeing food supplies – but farmers must be empowered to help make agriculture more environmentally friendly if the measures are to succeed.The letter, signed by researchers from the University of Oxford, ETH Zurich and Wageningen University, reads: “At no point in history has there been more pressure on farmers. They are responsible for feeding an ever-growing population. And now we want them to save us all from the global climate and biodiversity crises, at the same time as market forces keep making the financial situation harder.The EU’s nature restoration law, which has been two years in the making and aims to reverse the catastrophic decline of nature in the bloc, appears to be on the brink of collapse after months of farmers’ protests across Europe against some of the proposals. Several member states have withdrawn support for the legislation. It's wise for the EU to engage farmers in making of the nature law as they are in the front line of climate action and they face the effects the most. Read more ⬇️ New EU nature law will fail without farmers, scientists warn Open letter calls for green policies that empower farmers, after months of protests jeopardise future of flagship biodiversity deal


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  • Jane Wangui

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    Farmers play a crucial role when it comes to climate issues..it's our job as a whole to address the issue of climate change.

    • We Don't Have Time

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        Disregarding farmers in the development of the EU nature law is shortsighted. Farmers play a crucial role in environmental stewardship and food production. Excluding them undermines the effectiveness of the legislation and jeopardizes efforts to address climate and biodiversity crises. It is unheard of

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        • Ann Nyambura

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          Farmers are integral to this process, and their expertise must be valued and integrated into policy decisions

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          • Munene Mugambi

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            @ann_nyambura_542 Farmers are the backbone of any country, they feed a country. A country is built or broken by the farming situation in it, they have to be part of the decision making.

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          • walter lungayi

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            Integrating farmer perspectives and expertise can enable more holistic, practical, and socially-responsible approaches to protecting biodiversity and ecosystem health. Collaboration between policymakers, scientists, and farmers is essential.

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              @walter_lungayi Certainly. It is crucial to consider the thoughts of all interested parties and not to play favourites as the European Union is currently doing. But honestly, I didn't expect much from Ursula and co.

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            • winnie nguru

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              Farmers are the people at the grassroot, their involvement is crucial failure to which this will collapse

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              • Gorffly mokua

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                They should involve farmers in decision making, because they play a pivotal role in decision making!!

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                • George Kariuki

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                  This is so important! Scientists are right, the EU's nature restoration law NEEDS farmers on board. They're the ones on the land, feeling the climate impacts firsthand.

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                  • Gorffly mokua

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                    @george_kariuki Absolutely agree! Farmers play a critical role in nature restoration efforts & their contributions are essential in developing effective policies.

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