Nature Directives archive

  • 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.

  • Picture of kingfisher to illustrate story asking What happens to EU nature laws after Brexit?

    What happens to EU nature laws after Brexit?

    ClientEarth answers your questions on what happens to the EU nature laws after Brexit, under either a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ exit from the European Union.

  • Singing Robin bird

    EU tensions mount over nature law delay

    The European Commission has failed to publish its findings following an in-depth review of EU nature laws by its consultants.

  • Commission takes UK to court over porpoise protection failure

    The European Commission today announced it is taking the UK to court for failing to protect harbour porpoises.

  • harbour porpoise

    Scotland harbour porpoise protections welcome but England and Wales must act

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that they will be designating a protected area for the harbour porpoise, but urge the English and Welsh Governments to follow suit.

  • Beth Thoren to join ClientEarth as deputy CEO

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have appointed Beth Thoren as deputy CEO. Beth takes up the new post on 26 September after four years at the RSPB as Director of Fundraising and Communications.

  • Ariel view of forest to illustrate story asking - UK environment after Brexit - can we make laws more protective?

    After Brexit, will the UK pay people to reforest?

    Exiting the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy could let the UK pay people to plant trees that will prevent flooding, provide habitat and absorb carbon.

  • european hedgehog

    Nature report highlights need for urgent action and robust law

    The State of Nature report published today said the UK is “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”.

  • A butterfly in a wild flower meadow

    Nature compensation schemes require strict implementation

    Nature compensation schemes, termed biodiversity offsetting, which could help make up for damage done to the environment, must be implemented properly if they are not to be counter-productive.

  • Beavers among wildlife under threat from Polish legal proposals

    Beavers, wolves and bison could be under threat from planned changes to nature laws in Poland. Amendments to the Nature Protection Act, aimed directly at beavers, breach EU law and may also affect other protected species.

  • Photo of forest lake to illustrate story saying UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO advisers have called on the Polish Government to suspend plans for a huge increase in logging and let Białowieża Forest grow with minimal intervention.