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EU climate ministers back nature preservation plans

17.06.2024 21:30
European Union climate ministers have approved a landmark policy to preserve nature across the 27-nation bloc, according to news reports on Monday.
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The nature restoration plan is among the EU's flagship environmental policies, requiring member states to introduce measures restoring nature on a fifth of their land and sea by 2030, the Reuters news agency reported.

The ministers gave the greenlight to the policy at a meeting in Luxembourg.

The policy aims to reverse the decline of Europe's natural habitats and sets specific targets for restoring the continent's degraded ecosystems, according to Reuters.

Amid protests by farmers against EU climate policies, Poland, Finland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden voted against the plan, while Belgium abstained, Reuters reported.

Countries including the Netherlands argued the policy would slow the expansion of wind farms, while Poland said the policy lacked specifics on how nature protection would be funded, according to Reuters.


Source: Reuters, IAR, PAP