Nature The world’s natural diversity is crucial and needs protection

20 December 2016

The Norwegian government has today refused a license to shoot 47 of Norway's 70 protected wolves, following an appeal and high-profile campaign from Friends of the Earth Norway. The announcement was made today by Vidar Helgesen, Norway's minister for climate and environment.

The Norwegian government concluded there was no legal basis under Norway's national protection law nor the Berne Convention to shoot protected wolves.

Norway
7 December 2016

European Commission confirms EU nature protection laws will be saved after record-breaking campaign – now put the laws to work, say NGOs

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Commission have today confirmed that the EU's flagship nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened, ending two years of uncertainty over the laws' future. They have also called for a plan to better implement these laws. [1]

One in four mammals and one in eight birds are now threatened with extinction, as forests and other irreplaceable habitats are degraded and destroyed. Three species become extinct every hour.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns to end this alarming decline in species worldwide. Biodiversity forms the basis of existence for future generations. We aim to put this message at the heart of ongoing European debates, and support our national and local groups to preserve biodiversity on the ground.

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