Today, the members of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Nature Restoration Law as agreed in the trilogue negotiations, approving the final text with 53 to 28 votes. The proposal is now only one step away from the European Parliament’s side of the co-decision process to become reality: adoption in plenary.
250 protesters from the Good Food Good Farming movement took to the streets of Brussels. Under the slogan “We can't eat promises!”, the demonstration urged EU decision-makers to deliver on the Green Deal commitments and step up ambition after the 2024 EU elections.
This Thursday, the European Parliament, Council, and Commission are expected to reach an agreement on the EU Nature Restoration Law. It is their last chance to set the law on the right track and ensure it can successfully tackle the devastating impacts of climate change and biodiversity decline.
While the “blue” is still missing in the EU’s Green Deal, six NGOs took it upon themselves to publish the Ocean of Change: a joint Manifesto for the 2024 European Elections to wake up EU political parties and show how the ocean needs to shift to the centre of the debate on the nature and climate crises.
This week marks International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – an initiative led by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of the detrimental impacts of lead, particularly in children. Ironically, the week also coincides with a set of key meetings of the EU REACH committee – the panel that works on the EU chemicals regulation – where Member States are gathering to discuss how to tackle dangerous chemicals. But what’s not on the agenda? The restriction of lead in outdoor shooting and fishing.
The largest river in Lithuania, the Nemunas, was once the perfect habitat for the Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) and the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) with its abundant islands and sandy shores. Remarkably, up to 80% of Lithuania’s Little Tern population breeds on the bigger islands of the river. Properly managing these habitats, is essential for the survival of both species.
Bringing together bird enthusiasts from across Europe and Central Asia, EuroBirdwatch 2023 soared to new heights as the largest European birdwatching event to date. Over the course of a single weekend, more than 15,000 birdwatchers gathered to witness the journey of over 3.52 million birds as they embarked on their southward migration to their wintering destinations. 34 BirdLife Partners organized a staggering 770 different events, with SOS/BirdLife Slovakia at the helm to gather, assess and publish this invaluable data.