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The Environment ministers of the European Union have unanimously voiced their opposition to a weakening of nature conservation law in the EU. On 16 December in Brussels, the EU Environment Council agreed that full implementation of the two EU nature directives is essential for achieving the goals of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. The ministers also agreed that improving financing is necessary to preserve nature and biodiversity. more

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Nature is speaking: The environmental organisation Conservation International published a series of spots proclaiming this simple message: Nature doesn't need people. People need nature. The BMUB was able to convince Hannelore Elsner and Hannes Jaenicke, two well-known German movie actors, to join the project. They gave their voices to Mother Nature (Elsner) and The Ocean (Jaenicke) in the videos. more

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The environment ministers of nine EU member states, including German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, have cautioned the EU Commission against weakening EU nature directives. In their urgent letter to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella they say that the two directives on birds and Natura 2000 have become an essential component of biodiversity conservation in Europa. more

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The German Bundestag has transposed the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity into German law. It lays down rules for research and development on animals, plants and other living organisms from other parts of the world. There is to be a fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources by users and the country of origin. Developing countries will thus profit from nature conservation. more

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Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has spoken out in favour of restructuring agricultural subsidies. Instead of being based on acreage, the sums awarded should take into account the efforts undertaken by farmers to boost nature conservation, Hendricks said at the presentation of a nature conservation action programme. The Federal Environment Ministry's action programme comprises 40 measures. more

2011 - 2020, United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

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