EU Trilogue Negotiations have concluded on the Nature Restoration Law. Although ambition has been weakened from the original vision for this law, it is now a step closer to becoming a reality and supporting Ireland’s efforts to save nature. The Irish Wildlife Trust has called for Member States, MEPs and the public to continue supporting this law in its final stages.
Negotiations between the EU Parliament, EU Commission and the Council concluded late last night in Brussels. The three institutions came to an agreement on the text of the Nature Restoration Law. The text is not as strong as the Commission’s original proposal, however all ecosystems (including agriculture which was previously deleted from the Parliaments text) have been included, albeit with many loopholes.
Some initial points from the text –
The final text has not yet been released and so we do not know the full outcome as of yet. The next steps for this law will be an EU Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI committee) vote at the end of November after which the law must be passed by a majority of MEPs in the full sitting of the European Parliament.
While the text will not be as strong as the original proposal, this is still the first ever binding EU law to restore 20% of European land and seas by 2030. Restoration of our damaged and degraded habitats is essential if we are to save nature within Ireland and Europe and secure the many direct benefits nature provides society such as crop pollination, flood prevention and soil health. The Irish Wildlife Trust is calling on Member States, MEPs and the public to continue supporting this law in its final stages.
Grace Carr, Marine Advocacy Officer at the Irish Wildlife Trust said ‘It is a relief to know that a deal has been struck, although a much weakened version will not be enough to combat the biodiversity and climate crisis we are facing. It is important that there will be timelines in place to restrict destructive fishing practices in the EU and that Member States show the ambition and resolution needed to ensure targets are met on land and sea.’
Grace Carr, IWT Marine Advocacy Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org / +447575775788