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New EU nature law will fail without farmers, scientists warn

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Union's proposed nature restoration law faces significant hurdles as continuous protests by farmers threaten its enactment
• An open letter from global biodiversity researchers stresses the importance of aligning these environmental measures with the interests and empowerment of farmers

🔭 The context: The EU's law, under development for two years, aims to counteract the severe decline of natural habitats within the region
• However, the discontent among farmers, driven by concerns over financial impacts and increased responsibilities, has led to some member states retracting their support

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The proposed law is part of a broader effort following the global biodiversity agreement at Cop15, which includes ambitious targets like protecting 30% of the planet's nature
• Effective implementation could significantly influence global efforts to curb biodiversity loss and climate change

⏭️ What's next: The future of the EU nature restoration law hangs in balance as it needs broad support not only from policymakers but also from the agricultural sector to succeed
• Its failure could undermine the EU's credibility at the upcoming biodiversity Cop16 in Colombia

💬 One quote: "We need our policies to empower farmers to be the heroes we need them to be," from the open letter signed by researchers from prominent universities including Oxford and ETH Zurich.

📈 One stat: World governments have never met a single target set to protect biodiversity, highlighting the critical need for new, effective policies.

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