They include an overhaul of current nature protection measures in the areas of agriculture, planning, and environmental monitoring by regional authorities. Marine protection would be stepped up and there would be new sections in the revised law on animal and plant conservation, including creation of a nation-wide network of protected habitats, or biotopes. More public information and a better relationship between nature protection aims and land used for sport and recreation are also on the agenda.
The changes were promised by Mr Trittin late last year (ENDS Daily 25 October 1999). He told TAZ newspaper on Friday that he would seek to bypass the Bundesrat, Germany's upper parliamentary house, until the last stages of agreeing the new law. Nature protection NGOs would also play a greater role, being given an official role in national law-making for the first time, reflecting a similar system operating at regional level in 13 states.
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