MIL-OSI Translation: Insect protection: the federal government must commit to implementing its own resolutions. The legislative package is an urgently needed step towards more insect protection

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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. The environmental organizations Aurelia Stiftung, BBN, BUND, DUH, Euronatur, Nabu, Umweltinstitut Munich, WWF Germany and the umbrella organization DNR consider the present draft for the Insect Protection Act and the Plant Protection Application Ordinance as an urgently necessary step for more insect protection in the agricultural landscape. “With its action program for insect protection, the federal government presented an overdue catalog of measures for better insect protection almost two years ago. The task now is to implement the one-to-one ’action program, instead of calling the agreements into question again,” demand the organizations. The environmental organizations are convinced that insect populations continue to develop dramatically, especially in agricultural landscapes. The federal government must therefore stand by its word and advocate a ban on biodiversity-damaging pesticides at least in nature reserves and FFH areas, a consistent phase-out of the use of glyphosate and the introduction of pesticide-free marginal strips on all bodies of water and their source regions. If the federal government does not come to a solution now, it will be practically impossible in the current legislative period to take the necessary legislative steps for better insect protection. “This would be a declaration of bankruptcy and would seriously jeopardize the credibility of the federal government,” emphasize the associations. The bee protection ordinance, according to which even neonicotinoids are “not dangerous to bees”, does not do justice to adequate insect protection. Furthermore, no further exemptions from the ban on pesticides should be made in FFH areas if these are not accompanied by programs to reduce pesticides and promote biological diversity in special crops. Ultimately, it is crucial that the agreed phase-out of glyphosate is implemented consistently and, in particular, extensive use on grassland is immediately prohibited. “If the federal government dilutes the legislative package further, it will solidify the impression that insects are only relevant to the system in Sunday speeches. This would be irresponsible in view of the worsening species extinction and would fail to recognize the clear expectations of large parts of society ”, so the associations

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