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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. On the occasion of today’s meeting of the EU environment ministers, the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) welcomes the fact that the member states fully support the European Commission’s plans to save nature through a European biodiversity strategy. Olaf Bandt, BUND Chairman: ” The European environment ministers clear the way for more species protection. The new strategy is a crucial step in overcoming the biodiversity crisis. 81 percent of the habitats and 63 percent of the species that are protected by European law are currently threatened. It was high time the member states took the EU Commission’s ambitious plan at its word. ”The EU Commission is committed to an ambitious project for the next ten years: The European biodiversity strategy sees savings in pesticides, improvement of near-natural areas and protected areas , more biotope network to save threatened species and goals for the growth of organic agriculture. Lobbying efforts by some member states such as Hungary, but also the corporate interests of industrial agriculture, had tried to prevent this. The BUND also welcomes the fact that at least 20 billion euros per year are to be reserved for expenditure on nature in the EU budget, and that the cross-sectoral “Do no harm ”principle: future developments in the landscape must not cause any significant damage to biological diversity. The drivers of the loss of species, habitats and genetic diversity must now be addressed more closely in the implementation of the EU biodiversity strategy: industrial agriculture and overfishing, environmental pollution, fragmentation and sealing of the landscape, but also regular violations of the law in species protection must be stopped. Olaf Bandt In conclusion: “The decisions on the biodiversity strategy also mean that the EU agricultural policy cannot continue as before. Instead of continuing to pour the money over Europe’s fields and pastures with the watering can, we need bonuses for farmers who make an active contribution to nature and climate protection. The decisions of the Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament this week threaten to cut farmers off from the economic opportunities offered by the goals of the EU biodiversity strategy: This also includes the more equitable distribution of the almost 54 billion euros in agricultural subsidies per year as well as natural and Climate-friendly steering of subsidies in EU regional policy in rural areas. ”More informationContact: Magnus Wessel, BUND nature conservation expert, Tel. (030) 2 75 86-543, magnus.wessel (at) bund.net and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Judith Freund / Heye Jensen), Tel. (030) 2 75 86-425 / -531 / -497 / -464, presse (at) bund.net

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