13 February 2019

In the five months of action remaining under the current mandate of the European Commission, we call on EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella to leave a lasting legacy for nature and people - The #NatureAlert Countdown starts now!

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

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.

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