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Bring back nature

Healthy ecosystems

Our ecosystems are in poor health. Climate change is but one reason, other drivers are harmful practices in our agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.

We need to change these practices to protect and restore nature.

EU action to bring back nature

We are losing nature faster than ever. Scientists believe that we are living through the sixth mass extinction, and first mass extinction since humans occupied the Earth.

But we depend on nature. The planet can survive mass extinction, we cannot.

Luckily, nature has an incredible capacity to bounce back. We know how to protect and restore nature. We also know how to reconcile nature protection and our needs as humans. We need to act strongly, and now!

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OUR KEY DEMANDS

    • Protect at least 30 percent of the EU’s land and sea area, and set aside at least 10 percent as strictly protected areas.
    • Restore 30 percent of drained wetlands, regardless of whether they have been drained for agricultural production, forests or peat extraction.
    • Promote ecological forestry practices. Such approaches are already practised on an estimated 22 to 30 percent of the EU’s forested area.
    • Stop destructive fishing practices in EU-protected areas. The EU can no longer tolerate practices like bottom trawling, scraping all sea life from the bottom of the seabed, in its marine protected areas.

OUR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

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Press release |

MEPs vote in favour of saving nature

Members of the European Parliament just voted in favour of the Nature Restoration Law. This vote is a success for the preservation of biodiversity and for climate protection in the EU, for farmers and for food safety. It is a victory for the many environmental organisations and businesses that have been fighting for months.
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Sarpa salpa fish / CC0 marino-linic
Opinion |

No nature, no fish - Why we need (more) marine protected areas

Caroline Roose
Opinion by Caroline Roose
Marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean is declining. MEP Caroline Roose explains how more marine protected areas can save our oceans.
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Press release |

Member States fail to ban glyphosate - Greens/EFA urge Commission to act

Member States missed their last chance to ban the use of glyphosate for the next decade. The Commission will now take a decision on the renewal of the use of glyphosate. The Greens/EFA urge the Commission to take into account the overwhelming scientific proof of the dangers of using glyphosates both for peoples health and for nature
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Letter |

Letter to Commission President von der Leyen on glyphosate

The undersigned Members of the European Parliament are deeply concerned regarding the Commission’s proposal to renew the market licence of the active substance glyphosate for a period of 10 years, in light of new evidence that glyphosate-based herbicides can cause leukaemia in rodents.
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Autumn in Vitosha mountain, Bulgaria Forest monitoring / CC0 veliko-karachiviev
Opinion |

The EU forest monitoring law

Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg
Opinion by Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg
Our forests in Europe are vital for preserving wildlife and for fighting against climate change. But we lack knowledge about our forests, that would help us to restore and protect them. We need to know what we want to protect.
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Press release |

Nature Restoration Law: Negotiations enter the final round

Trilogue negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the Nature Restoration Law is expected to be finalised. The negotiators start at 2 p.m, with an open end time. The Environment Committee is expected to vote on the outcome of the negotiations on 29 November, with the final plenary vote scheduled for t…
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Press release |

Greens/EFA urges Member States to ban glyphosate

The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) was unable to reach the qualified majority needed to approve the 10 year renewal of the use of glyphosate proposed by the Commission. The Greens/EFA Group has long advocated for a complete ban of the use of glyphosate.
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Event |

Forests’ hidden secrets

Join us on at the European Parliament to hear experts’ views and discuss what it takes to improve forest monitoring across Europe.
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Study |

How to improve the link between the common fisheries policy and the nature restoration law proposal?

In this note, Betty Queffelec from the University of Western Brittany explores how existing procedures can be improved to ensure that the EU nature restoration law also delivers on marine ecosystems.
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Low waters of the Rhine river in summer 2022 / CC0 Bernd Dittrich
Low waters of the Rhine river in summer 2022 / CC0 Bernd Dittrich
Event |

The impact of glyphosate on aquatic ecosystems

Join us for the launch of the PAN Europe report on glyphosate in aquatic environments. We will discuss its impact and the potential risks of this herbicide. We will also share which policy recommandations the report puts forward.