Defend Nature. Protect EU Nature Laws

Botanist Judith Allinson, GC’s web editor, has worked in Nature Conservation through much of her working life and writes:

Ask nearly any person involved in working for nature conservation agencies over the past 30 years (RSPB, WWF, the Wildlife Trusts, and government nature conservation bodies of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland ) and they will tell you how strongly European Union Laws about nature conservation have helped preserve nature – in particular the EU Nature Directives.

Now there is a consultation about them. Some people want to weaken the laws so that it will be easier to get planning permission to destroy wildlife habitats.

Please visit one of the sites supported by major Wildlife agencies which will allow  you to send in views.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/campaignwithus/defendnature/

(or for a similar link: https://www.foe.co.uk/page/defend-natures-laws )

https://www.naturealert.eu/en/faq say:

In Europe, vital laws protect our most precious nature. Our wildlife and most valued natural places all depend on these rules.

Sadly, right now the European Commission is considering undermining these laws, undoing years of progress.

The European Commission is asking for our opinion and now is the time to make our voices heard.

The Commission’s consultation asks several questions and below we have suggested the answers that best protect nature.

We must act now and say that we want these laws to be maintained, enforced and not weakened.

https://www.naturealert.eu/en/faq

You can read about the Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)  in UK here:-  http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-23 and find out if there is a SAC near you.

 

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This Sunday (10 May 2015)  I went on a walk with a local church on their annual Primrose walk (more here…):  Austwick Parish Church and visiting church group from Bowling, Bradford – visit woodland and limestone grassland near the village that is part of a SAC (Special Area of Conservation). It is part of The Ingleborough Complex – is one of the 254 SACs, SCIs or cSACs in England)

 

Author: | Date: 22 May, 2015 | Category: Action Biodiversity | Comments: 5


Comments on "Defend Nature. Protect EU Nature Laws"

Jill Stephens:

May 19, 2015

We are losing hundreds of species of wildlife and plants per annum due to de-forestation, overfishing and lack of respect for the living things, plants and flowers that make our world worth living in. We need stricter laws to at least slow the approach this disaster. What is the EC thinking - what twisted logic has brought this proposal about?

helen barrett:

May 13, 2015

Protecting the natural world is vital to the well-being of humanity giving us natural places in which to rest and recuperate, and increasing the diversity of species.

David:

May 13, 2015

Fancy the EU being undermined by the EC! No democracy there...

Barbara Kentish:

May 13, 2015

It is very worrying that the very body that we think is protecting Europe's wildlife is now thinking of repealing measures that protect it, in the very year that it is hosting the Climate summit. Surely the point of Europe is joined up thinking.

Phil Kingston:

May 12, 2015

In Europe, vital laws protect our most precious nature. Our wildlife and most valued natural places all depend on these rules. Sadly, right now the European Commission is considering undermining these laws, undoing years of progress. The European Commission is asking for our opinion and now is the time to make our voices heard. The Commission’s consultation asks several questions and below we have suggested the answers that best protect nature. We must act now and say that we want these laws to be maintained, enforced and not weakened.


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