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EU nature restoration law is required now

09/06/2022 Nature-based climate protection through the restoration of ecosystems, such as peatlands, offers an outstanding opportunity to combat the unbridled climate and biodiversity crisis - and an opportunity that must not be wasted. But the EU Commission has postponed the binding EU Nature Restoration Law, which was actually planned for the end of 2021, several times - first to March 2022. It is now scheduled to be published on June 22, 2022. “Law now” is therefore the demand from a network of more than 60 organizations from environmental and nature conservation, science and agriculture in an open letter to the Commission, which was coordinated by the International Moor Protection Group IMCG. In the EU, however, more than 50% of the peatlands are in poor condition; due to drainage, they release large amounts of greenhouse gases and nitrates, and we are losing more and more peatland animals and plants due to habitat destruction. This can be massively improved by rewetting peatlands - and in many cases these areas can still be used for agriculture and forestry! With paludiculture, i.e. “wet agriculture and forestry”, which has recently become part of the European agricultural policy, value creation, bioeconomy and circular economy can be developed in peatland-rich rural areas. In order to draw attention to the great importance of peatlands and to emphasize the need for ambitious rewetting and restoration of peatlands in the new EU Restoration Law - and not to delete them from it, as is feared - a broad network of more than 60 organizations has formed today from environmental and nature conservation, science and agriculture made an urgent appeal to the EU Commission. They are calling for the success of the EU Green Deal to be defended in the EU Nature Restoration Act and to push forward an ambitious policy for the rewetting of drained peatland areas in Europe. In order to achieve the climate protection goals of the Paris Agreement and the EU Climate Law, a transformation path for all peatlands in the EU should lead to net CO2 emissions by 2050. The EU should lead the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration and achieve ambitious biodiversity targets at the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Kunming, China.

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