EU Parliament adopts nature law

The EU Nature Restoration Law has been adopted by the European Parliament.

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favor of the Nature Restoration Law, a pillar of the European Green Deal. A majority of 336 members of the European Parliament approved the bill, while 300 voted against and 13 abstained.

The law sets binding targets for member states to restore land and marine areas damaged by pollution or intensive exploitation in order to preserve biodiversity. Each EU country will now be required to take measures to restore at least 20% of degraded terrestrial and marine ecosystems by 2030, rising to 60% by 2040 and 90% by 2050, and to provide financial support to the farmers and fishermen concerned.

The law needs to be approved by the parliament’s environment committee before negotiations with member states to reach an agreement to be endorsed by legislators.