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A Narrow Victory: EU Passes Nature Restoration Law Amidst Opposition and Controversy

The European Union (EU) has narrowly passed a nature restoration law aimed at protecting the environment and reversing the rapid decline of nature.
The law, a key component of the European Green Deal championed by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will require the implementation of recovery measures on 20% of the EU's land and sea by 2030, eventually extending to cover all degraded ecosystems by 2050.
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While the law faced opposition from several groups, including the European People's Party (EPP) and far-right factions, scientists have criticized their claims as misleading.
Over 6,000 scientists signed an open letter refuting opponents' assertions that restoring nature would harm food security and the economy, citing evidence that it would actually enhance these aspects, improve fisheries, create jobs, and save money.
Europe's ecosystems are currently in poor condition, with more than 60% of soils and 81% of habitats suffering from degradation. Farmland bird populations have halved in the last four decades. Scientists stress that urgent action is necessary, as the rate of decline is alarming, comparable to the extinction of dinosaurs caused by a meteorite impact.
Green groups have criticized changes made to the approved text, which eliminated a proposal to restore agricultural ecosystems and delayed the law's implementation until after a formal assessment of Europe's food security.
Despite these criticisms, the law was still considered a significant social victory by proponents. The law had initially faced rejection from the European parliament's fisheries and agriculture committees, and the committee in charge of environmental issues failed to secure a majority vote.
Farmers and fishers expressed concerns about the law's demands and the lack of clarity regarding who would bear the financial burden. The passing of the nature restoration law highlights the EU's commitment to addressing the urgent environmental challenges it faces.
While compromises were made during the legislative process, the law sets a precedent for prioritizing nature conservation and restoration to ensure a sustainable future.
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  • Videlis Eddie

    43 w

    Amazing news

    • Edwin wangombe

      49 w

      These are commendable actions

      • Munene Mugambi

        49 w

        With such laws passed we may get better climate practices in the EU

        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

          49 w

          Amazing news from European Union

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