Skrekas: For the first time the E.U. promotes measures to restore the natural environment

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Skrekas: For the first time the E.U.  promotes measures to restore the natural environment

During the Council, the proposal for a Regulation on the restoration of nature was discussed, with the aim of the continuous, long-term and sustainable restoration of biodiversity and the natural environment in all terrestrial and marine areas of the EU,

The EU’s proposal for the establishment of recovery measures for the improvement and restoration of terrestrial, coastal and marine habitats (such as wetlands meadows, rivers, lakes and riparian habitats, sand dunes, forests, macroalgae, sponges, corals and coral layers, etc.) at a rate of 30% by 2030 and 60% by 2040 supported the Minister of Environment and Energy Kostas Skrekas, participating in the Council of Environment Ministers of the EU, in Brussels.

As it became known, during the Council the proposal for a Regulation on the restoration of nature was discussed, with the aim of the continuous, long-term and sustainable restoration of biodiversity and the natural environment in all terrestrial and marine areas of the EU, contributing at the same time to the achievement of climate goals and international commitments.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Skrekas welcomed the Commission’s proposal, underlining that the Regulation can be an important tool with multiple benefits for the environment and the climate.

In addition, he presented aspects of the national reforestation policy implemented in Greece that align with the new proposed regulatory framework, stating that “we recently set a national goal of planting 20 million trees within the next 3 years.”

The minister, among other things, welcomed the urban ecosystem restoration target according to which the total area of ​​urban green space in municipalities should be increased by at least 3% by 2040 and by 5% by 2050 as well as the increase in urban green space in existing and new buildings and infrastructure through renovations and refurbishments.

While, he supported the proposed provisions for the reversal of the reduction of the populations of pollinators (eg bees) until 2030 and then the achievement of the increasing trend of its populations.

Finally, according to the ministry’s announcement, Mr. Skrekas pointed out that the recognition of the importance of agricultural ecosystems is positive, but further processing is required in terms of the social and economic effects that the proposed goals for the rehydration of the dried marshes may have.

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