Pesticides, plan to halve them in Europe

For the first time in thirty years, the European Commission has presented a proposal for legislation per halve the use of pesticides in the Old Continent to protect natural habitats. The goal is to restore the ecosystems nature of our territory, increase the presence of wildlife and solve the serious damage caused to the environment by these poisons. The proposals presented by the executive could be approved within the year and include several legally binding measures for all member countrieswhich will go to protect life in rivers, in the sea and on land.

This is the first biodiversity legislation to be introduced in Europe, after the 1992 Habitats Directive and is a fundamental part of the Green deal europeo to counter the effects of climate change. While building on an existing regulatory framework, the new provisions will affect all ecosystems, not limited to areas already protected, and will be eligible for financial support of around 100 billion euros to initiate and support a broad recovery process of natural habitats and biodiversity.

  1. The objectives of protecting biodiversity
  2. Halve the use of pesticides by 2050
  3. Comments from environmental associations

The objectives of protecting biodiversity

Through these regulatory and financial instruments, the European Commission intends to take concrete steps to stop the decline of insect populations pollinatorssuch as bees, and increase their number by 2030. As well as cancel the loss of urban green spacesagain by 2030, and increase them by 5% by 2050 with a minimum tree cover of 10% in each European urban area.

Furthermore, the objectives of the directive foresee an overall increase of the biodiversity in all agricultural and forest ecosystems, with the increase of the population of butterflies and wild birds, favoring the presence of dead wood essential for the life of insects and other animals, as well as the restoration and rewetting of peat bogs drained.

Finally, as regards the rivers and bodies of water, the aim is to restore the marine habitat, such as spontaneous plant cultures or sediment bottoms, thus reforming areas suitable for the life of aquatic species such as dolphins, porpoises, sharks and sea birds. The same attention must be given to the ecosystems of lakes and rivers, including through theelimination of river barriersto restore at least 25,000 kilometers of waterways to free flow by 2030.

Halve the use of pesticides by 2050

To achieve the various objectives set out by the Commission, a fundamental step will concern theelimination of most of the pesticides used in Europeresponsible for the poisoning of pollinators and other animal species, as well as water and land, in order to ensure more sustainable food production systems by 2030.

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