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European Parliament seals the deal on Nature Restoration Law

European Parliament adopted the trilogue agreement on the Nature Restoration Law.

Today, the European Parliament adopted the trilogue agreement on the Nature Restoration Law. They listened to the calls of over 1 million citizens, businesses, scientists and NGOs, and have paved the way for this first-of-its-kind law to become a reality.

Sofija Babić from WWF Adria explains: "This law obliges member states to restore degraded ecosystems, contribute to achieving EU climate and biodiversity goals, and improve food security. The regulation mandates the restoration of 20% of habitats (including forests, meadows, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and coral-covered seabeds) and ensure their transition from a poor to a good state by 2030, with this percentage increasing progressively over the years."

The Nature Restoration Law represents an historic opportunity to bring nature back to Europe. At a time when the continent is ravaged by floods, droughts and fires, this law will help secure a safer and healthier future for Europeans.

Despite last-minute efforts of far-right and conservative groups, and disinformation from anti-nature lobbies to torpedo the law, the majority of Members of Parliament stayed true to the democratic and legislative process in place, approving the trilogue agreement which they were part of negotiating last year. 

The final step in the process is for the agreement to receive the formal approval of Member States, which is expected to take place in March or April this year. 

The #RestoreNature coalition, consisting of BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, EEB, and WWF EU says: “The Nature Restoration Law has always been so much more than a law to bring back nature. It is a symbol that Europe can, and will, commit to fighting for the survival of our planet. We are relieved that MEPs listened to facts and science, and did not give in to populism and fearmongering. Now, we urge Member States to follow suit and deliver this much-needed law to bring back nature in Europe.”
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