Draft law on insect protection controversially debated

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On 19 April 2021, experts critically appraised the Federal Government's insect protection policy at a public hearing in the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the German Bundestag, focusing in particular on the area of conflict between agriculture and insect protection. The subject of the hearing was the draft of a third law to amend the Federal Nature Conservation Act.

Some experts signalled their approval of the draft law, including the representatives of the Federal Association of Central Municipal Organisations, or even called for additional measures. Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, welcomed the multifaceted approach of the draft law, but also emphasised that much more far-reaching steps were necessary to improve the living conditions for insects in Germany in the long term. Other experts, however, spoke out against the draft law, for example the president of the Landvolk Niedersachen. From the point of view of agricultural practice, it was criticised that the regulations often failed to take account of practical needs. The experts were largely in agreement that cooperation with farmers was necessary in order to implement insect protection.

The bdla had already commented on the planned insect protection law on 15.10.2020.

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