New German conservation law finalised

Parliament approves plan to apply conservation status over 10% of national territory

The German parliament yesterday approved a major new law on nature protection. The measure retains substantially the shape it had when proposed by the government this spring, but has undergone some amendments (EED 30/05/01).

One significant change is that the law will now extend rules introduced under the EU's habitats and wild birds directives to offshore areas throughout Germany's "exclusive economic zone," running up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. Environment minister welcomed the new provision as also being a significant boost for Germany's offshore wind power prospects.

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