One in three bee and butterfly species are in decline
This summer, the European Parliament will negotiate a binding nature restoration law that would restore our woods, clean our rivers, and limit pesticide use to bring back the bees.
The new EU’s nature restoration law targets (among others) pollinating insects – reversing the decline of pollinator populations by 2030, and achieving an increasing trend for pollinator populations, with a methodology for regular monitoring of pollinators.
The proposal combines an overarching restoration objective for the long-term recovery of nature in the EU’s land and sea areas with binding restoration targets for specific habitats and species. These measures should cover at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030, and ultimately all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050.
But the time is running out on the EU’s legislative agenda to pass the proposals ahead of European elections next year. Negotiations between the European Commission, EU member states and the European Parliament on the EU’s nature restoration law have run into difficulty over the details.