Brussels - Over half a million European citizens have responded to a consultation on the EU’s nature protection laws to urge the Commission to protect and enhance existing rules such as the Birds and Habitats Directives.

The #NatureAlert campaign was led by Seas At Risk member the European Environmental Bureau, along with WWF, Birdlife Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe, but they were joined by 120 other NGOs (including SAR) in helping to promote the call.

The campaign aimed at getting ordinary citizens, as well as nature experts, to respond to the European Commission’s public consultation on nature protection laws. The Juncker Commission, and particularly Vice President Frans Timmermans, have hinted that these existing laws could be redcued in the name of a ‘better regulation’ agenda. These laws protect over 1000 key species and a total of 27,000 natural sites around Europe.

The 520,325 responses to the consultation make this the most successful one ever for the EU, and have sent the Commission a clear message that EU citizens want not only their preservation, but an enhancing of their implementation and enforcement. The campaign has seen a galvanising of support for the EU’s environmental agenda and should serve to remind the Commission that this is one of the most popular areas of EU action for most citizens.

You can read more about the campaign and the Birds and Habitats Directives at EEB’s site here.

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