German nature law wins cabinet approval

Reworked draft aims to "redefine" relationship of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, with nature

German ministers today approved a draft nature conservation framework law which aims to balance the demands of protecting biological diversity with those of a densely populated industrial country. The plan to reform existing rules dating back twenty years was proposed by the environment ministry in February (ENDS Daily 2 February). It has been reworked to include a requirement to apply "good technical practice" in agriculture, forestry and fisheries with respect to a range of nature conservation criteria.

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