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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

The focus of the German-Romanian cooperation will be on the exchange of views on European environmental issues. The aims of the climate policy dialogue included supporting Romania in establishing a forward-looking, low-carbon economy. Previously, Germany had already advised Romania‘s environmental protection agency on the implementation of EU environmental law. more

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Germany and Ecuador plan to resume their cooperation on environmental protection and climate action, which has been on hold since December 2014. This is the substance of an agreement signed in Berlin by Jochen Flasbarth and Ecuadorian Environment Minister Lorena Tapia Nunéz. Both parties also stressed that over the coming weeks they would work hard to ensure a successful outcome to the Climate Summit in December this year. more

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