17 May 2018

While much of Europe’s rare nature is safeguarded on paper, in practice it does not always receive the high levels of protection it should do. Nature protection efforts are being undermined by the European Commission’s failure to consistently challenge Member States on illegal nature destruction. Find out more about where nature is under threat across the EU - and how well the EU Commission is doing at enforcing the laws that should protect nature, when the alarm is raised.

With BirdLife Europe, European Environmental Bureau, and WWF.

25 April 2018

This report with BirdLife Europe, European Environmental Bureau and WWF assesses the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives in 18 Member States. It finds that, while the majority of the Member States assessed (67%) have fully incorporated the Birds and Habitat Directives into national law, they have failed to implement them properly. This means EU protected wildlife and habitats are not receiving the protection they need and have been promised.

7 December 2017

A spectacular nature haven in southwestern Bulgaria, home to twice as many butterfly species as the whole of the UK and protected by EU nature laws, is under threat from an EU-funded motorway from Sofia to Greece. This briefing analyses the disastrous impacts the motorway would have on local nature and communities, highlights viable alternative routes which would mitigate impacts on both, and calls on the European Commission and the Bulgarian government to reroute the project.

21 March 2017

This review of available evidence shows that failing to provide access to nature to deprived communities could entrench health inequality.

According to a growing body of evidence, health inequalities are linked to access to nature and access to nature is vital for good mental and physical health at all ages.

It points to a strong link between lack of access to nature areas and poor health outcomes and inequality. It associates nature deprivation with higher obesity levels, mental health problems, and mortality rates.

14 September 2016

The EU has spent more than two years evaluating its foundational nature protection laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives. Now they have been found "fit for purpose". But with just three years remaining in which to reach the 2020 goal of halting the loss of biodiversity in the EU, now is the time for a redoubling of action to secure a positive future for Europe's nature.

14 September 2016

This briefing sets out seven key steps for the European Commission to improve nature conservation across the EU - starting with saving and fully implementing the Birds and Habitats Directives.

11 March 2016

This briefing outlines how the construction of the “Struma motorway" through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, will have a devastating impact on a unique Bulgarian and European natural treasure.

Without urgent action, EU taxpayer funds could be used to finance a motorway development that would have devastating consequences for this wildlife haven and protected habitat – despite an EU demand to tunnel the road, and the existence of clear alternatives.

25 January 2016

The laws that protect nature across Europe – the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives (known as the 'nature directives') – are currently being reviewed by the European Union as part of the REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme) process. The review will continue until the end of 2016.

In this report, Friends of the Earth outlines its concerns that the EU may weaken these crucial laws that form the cornerstone of nature protection and restoration.

20 November 2015

A revision of the Birds and Habitats Directive could create a long period of legal uncertainty and further undo the fragile recovery of species and habitats in Europe, and jeopardise achieving the biodiversity strategy towards 2020. This report argues that the well-known root causes which slow the progress towards halting the loss of biodiversity should be tackled.

2 November 2015

One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups issued this statement criticising the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and the Health & Environment Alliance said that this had been “a lost year” for environmental protection.

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