German nature law enters into force
A major nature conservation law encompassing the creation of a biotype network covering 10% of Germany as well as agriculture and forestry practice takes effect on Thursday. Green environment minister Jürgen Trittin said the law was a success for nature conservation and also provided investment security for the development of offshore wind power, plus a framework within which Germany could fully implement the EU habitats and wild birds directives. He called on the country's states, which must implement the law, to draw up and enforce appropriate legislation within three years. See press release.