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News article22 June 2022Representation in Ireland

Green Deal: pioneering proposals to restore Europe's nature by 2050 and halve pesticide use by 2030

The European Commission has adopted pioneering proposals to restore damaged ecosystems, bring nature back across Europe and reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030.

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The proposals contain for the very first time explicit targets aiming to repair the 80% of European habitats that are in poor condition, and to bring back nature to all ecosystems, from forest and agricultural land to marine, freshwater and urban ecosystems.

They also foresee to halve the use of pesticides which will help building sustainable food systems, whilst ensuring lasting food security and protecting our health.

These flagship legislative proposals will help ensure the resilience and security of food supply in the EU and across the world.

Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said:

We humans depend on nature. For the air we breathe, for the water we drink, for the food we eat – for life. Our economy also runs on nature.The climate and biodiversity crises are threatening the very foundation of our life on Earth. We have been making progress on tackling the climate crisis, and today we add two laws that represent a massive step forward in tackling the looming ecocide. When we restore nature, we allow it to continue providing clean air, water, and food, and we enable it to shield us from the worst of the climate crisis. Reducing pesticide use likewise helps nature recover, and protects the humans who work with these chemicals.

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Publication date
22 June 2022
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Representation in Ireland