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European Nature Restoration Act now definitively adopted

The Nature Restoration Act of former European Commissioner Frans Timmermans has now actually been adopted in the European Parliament. Although it seemed that the European Christian Democrats would vote against, the law ultimately survived.
It was already difficult to reach an agreement on the law last year. There was considerable negotiation and refinement of the content, and the Netherlands even initially voted against. Ultimately, the Nature Restoration Act narrowly passed the European Parliament.

Today the Nature Restoration Act had to be voted on again. Normally this is ceremonial in nature and nothing exciting happens. But because MEPs from the European People's Party yesterday called for a vote against the law, the vote turned out to be a nail-biter. Ultimately, 329 MPs voted in favor and 275 against.

Bad state
The weakened version of the law that the European Parliament adopted is intended to restore European nature. 80 percent of our nature is in poor condition. The aim of the law is that 30 percent of the damaged nature reserves will have a recovery plan by 2030. By 2050, this should be the case for 90 percent of nature reserves. But what will happen now? We list the main features of the law.

Restore nature reserves
Not only the so-called Natura 2000 areas will be protected in the bill, this will also apply to other nature such as forests and peat areas. This must be done, among other things, by improving air, soil and water quality. But, as is the case with almost all parts of the law, how exactly this should be done is still unclear.
Agriculture more biodiverse
Agricultural areas have become poor in animal and insect species due to monoculture and the use of pesticides. Agricultural ecosystems must become more biodiverse again. The number of insects and meadow birds must increase, and original landscape elements must be restored. This should make the agricultural sector more resilient to climate change and thus guarantee food security.

Pollinators protected
The law specifically provides for better protection of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. These species have experienced massive population declines in recent decades. They contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity in nature reserves and to the pollination of agricultural crops. The EU states that €5 billion of annual agricultural production is directly attributable to these flying helpers.

Rivers free play
Most European rivers have been 'tamed' in recent centuries, meaning they no longer run freely. The Nature Restoration Act aims to reverse this trend and give rivers more space. The uninterrupted flow of rivers creates more biodiversity underwater, while the periodic flooding of areas of land next to rivers creates a rich and varied landscape on the banks.
Cities greener
The Nature Restoration Act also focuses on greening cities. In addition to promoting biodiversity, urban greenery also provides shade. The cooling effect of trees makes cities more resilient to a warming climate. Cities will soon be allowed to have no net loss of trees. This means that if a tree is cut down, a new one must be planted elsewhere.




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  • George Kariuki

    7 w

    Thrilled to see the #EuropeanNatureRestorationAct finally adopted! This is a crucial step towards restoring our precious ecosystems and combating #ClimateChange.

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    • walter lungayi

      7 w

      The adoption of the European Nature Restoration Act is a significant step towards protecting and restoring natural ecosystems in Europe. This act will play a crucial role in preserving biodiversity and addressing environmental challenges.

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      • Esther Wanjiku

        7 w

        A superb law that will really mitigate climate change and restore nature

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Joseph Githinji

            7 w

            This is a great restorative plan that will go a long way in bringing back glory to our climate. I only hope this will be implemented faithfully to maximise on the intended goals.

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            • Gorffly mokua

              7 w

              This is very encouraging and I am optimistic that this will serve as an example for other countries & regions around the world. 💚

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              • Munene Mugambi

                7 w

                A good move that will eventually greatly impact the diversity of the flora and fauna. With such laws in practice, we hope their implementation is top notch to ensure they achieve what they were set out to

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                • Chris Ndungu

                  7 w

                  These news are fascinating; the nature restoration will boost the effort of curbing climate change.

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                  • Gorffly mokua

                    7 w

                    @chris_ndungu Absolutely!💯💚

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    7 w

                    this is some good news... the adoption of the act is well overdue but at least they have actualized it finally... the restoration of nature will boost the efforts of curbing climate change through nature-based solutions which will go a long way in making the intended impact in our planet

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      7 w

                      @edwin_wangombe Completely agree, this adoption is great news for environmental sustainability & the fight against climate change. ...

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