Nature Directives archive

  • 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.

  • Trees in spring for story saying logging in Bialowieza Forest is illegal says proposed ruling

    Logging in Bialowieza Forest is illegal, says proposed ruling

    The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU has today issued a legal opinion confirming that increased logging in Poland’s Bialowieza Forest breached EU nature laws. The final ruling will be published in a couple of weeks.

  • plants growing in forest

    What you need to know: The culmination of the Bialowieza Forest case

    The next few weeks are of real importance in the Białowieża Forest case. In this Q&A we cover everything you need to know about our battle to save Europe’s last primeval forest.

  • trees in forest way above ground level

    Save Europe’s ancient forest, environment minister told

    ClientEarth and other ecological groups have asked the new environment minister to grant the entire Bialowieza Forest national park status.

  • Jan Szyszko

    Polish minister who ordered illegal logging of Bialowieza Forest dismissed

    Poland’s environment minister Jan Szyszko has been dismissed from his job. He was responsible for ordering a three-fold increase in logging in Bialowieza Forest – which ClientEarth and other environmental groups have fought.

  • winter

    2017: A big year for Białowieża Forest – and the battle to protect it

    We started 2017 determined to do all we could to help save one of the most precious forests in Europe, the ancient Białowieża Forest.

  • Bison to illustrate story about final EU court hearing on illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    Highest EU Court hears Bialowieza illegal logging case, hopefully for the last time

    The hearing that took place today at the Court of Justice of the EU should finally decide whether Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko broke the law when he allowed increased logging in Białowieża Forest. The verdict is expected in early 2018.

  • Poland, bison, and exemptions from nature protection laws

    ClientEarth is challenging two decisions allowing the killing of up to 40 bison in Eastern Poland. The European bison, an extremely rare animal, is under strict protection.

  • running in autumn forest for story saying interim fines requested in legal fight over Bialowieza Forest

    Commission calls for fines as European Court of Justice hears case over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    The Commission has today called on the EU’s most senior judges to impose fines on the Polish side for illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest, as the European Court of Justice was deliberating whether an emergency ban on logging in should be upheld.

  • man looking at tree for story saying UN and EU pile pressure on Polish government over illegal logging in Bialowieza forest

    UNESCO and EU pile pressure on Polish government over illegal logging in Bialowieza forest

    Pressure is mounting on the Polish government, as the UN and the European Commission are very worried about a huge, illegal increase of logging in Europe’s oldest forest.

  • snowy forest for story saying Check needed to keep Bialowieza off World Heritage in Danger list – UNESCO advisors

    Check needed to keep Bialowieza off World Heritage in Danger list – UNESCO advisors

    UN advisors have called on the Polish government to allow officials to check whether illegal logging means Bialowieza forest should go on the World Heritage in Danger list.

  • natural gas field

    Nord Stream 2 “useless and illegal”, say environment experts

    Europe’s newest gas pipeline does not comply with EU law, environment charities have warned.

  • deer bialowieza forest

    Polish government has 24 hours to cancel illegal logging or risk EU Court

    The Polish government has 24 hours to justify its illegal logging in Białowieża Forest to the European Commission, or risk facing judges from the EU Court.

  • IMage of puffins for RSPB story

    Concrete action essential as EU unveils new plan for nature

    A new plan to improve nature and biodiversity around Europe has been released by the EU.

  • bison and calk for story saying Final legal warning for Polish government as it prepares to log Białowieża Forest

    Final legal warning for Polish government as it prepares to log Bialowieza Forest

    The European Commission has taken the final step before litigation in the EU Court over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest.

  • Image of a forest focusing on the trees

    England’s 25 year plan for the environment lacks the policies needed to realise the government’s vision

    The UK Government’s draft environment plan sets out an ambitious goal, but lacks the details needed to demonstrate how they will achieve their aims.

  • Howth: The island of Ireland's Eye, part of the Special Area of Conservation

    Reefs, sandbanks and shallow bays – using the law to protect marine ecosystems

    This briefing series provides campaigners with the tools to effectively use the law to protect marine wildlife

  • Red squirrel in Finland

    Public participation essential for designing EU Action Plan for nature

    ClientEarth has told the European Commission that public participation will be key to developing an Action Plan for implementing the Birds and Habitats Directives.

  • Białowieża case - Polish courtand

    Polish Ombudsman challenges Environment Minister’s decision to log Bialowieza Forest in court

    This week ClientEarth spoke in court in support of the Polish Ombudsman, in a case challenging the Polish Environment Minister’s decision to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest.

  • English longhorn cow and calves, Knepp Estate

    Public money for public goods

    Replacing the Common Agricultural Policy means the UK can spend public money on public goods like natural flood management and wildlife habitat

  • row in the forest in the wintertime

    Renewed threat to Polish forest as government confirms illegal logging plan

    Europe’s oldest forest is facing a renewed threat, after the Polish government confirmed it will continue with illegal plans to massively increase logging.

  • puffin close-up with pink flowers

    Faulty nature assessments fail Europe’s wildlife

    A persistent failure to carry out evaluations to protect nature sites across Europe – required by EU law – has been found in new analysis.

  • Deer in the snow in the lake district

    Major win for wildlife as EU nature laws saved

    As wildlife in Europe is depleting, it is even more important that we have these laws to help us reach the 2020 biodiversity targets.

  • barb on barbed wire fence in front of green field

    What happens when countries break EU environmental law?

    Law is the foundation of the integrity and effectiveness of the European Union, so fines for breaking it are set high enough to stop other states being tempted to try their luck. Penalties can go up to several million euros. Let’s see how it works in practice.