The Birds and Habitats Directives are vital for protecting wildlife in Europe. They give protected status to species and habitats. It is these nature directives, with other crucial environmental legislation, that we use to defend wildlife.

Nature Directives

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    EU takes legal action against Polish government for breaking nature laws

    The Commission is urging Polish decision-makers to ensure proper safeguards are in place for protected forests, as recent changes to Polish laws have set off alarm bells for nature protection.

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    European Parliament rejects rubberstamping flawed fisheries management in North Sea protected areas

    ClientEarth has applauded a European Parliament decision to throw out fishing measures that risked vulnerable marine life and ecosystems in protected areas of the North Sea.

  • Photo of lynx for story saying Polish government half-complies with EU Court order on illegal logging – 20 minutes after press conference highlights failure to act

    Polish government confirms it will half-comply with EU Court order on illegal logging – minutes after press conference highlights failure to act

    The Polish government has half-complied with EU judges’ order to reverse its illegal decision on logging in Bialowieza Forest, 20 minutes after environmentalists held a press conference highlighting its failure to act.

  • baby lynx for story saying judgment of the EU Court of Justice - logging in Bialowieza Forest breaks EU law

    Final judgment of the EU Court of Justice: logging in Bialowieza Forest breaks EU law

    The EU’s top court ruled today that increased logging in Bialowieza Forest violates EU law. The ruling comes into force immediately.

  • Team

  • Tatiana Lujan, Wildlife Conservation Lawyer, ClientEarth

    Tatiana Luján

  • Chelsea Robinson, Administration Officer, Biodiversity Programme, ClientEarth

    Chelsea Robinson

  • Agata Szafraniuk

  • Catherine Weller

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