Protected Areas archive

  • 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.

  • bison in bialowieza

    Polish authorities face fines of €100,000 per day over illegal Bialowieza logging, court rules

    The Court of Justice has today upheld the emergency ban on logging in Bialowieza Forest, saying it will impose fines of at least €100,000 a day if Poland’s Environment Minister keeps ignoring the Court’s decisions.

  • Bialowieza Forest tree trunk

    15 judges at the EU’s highest court to rule on illegal logging in Białowieża Forest

    Judges from the EU’s highest Court have heard arguments from Poland’s Environment Minister and the EU Commission on illegal logging in Białowieża Forest.

  • children playing on Welsh beach for story saying Welsh marine life threatened by lack of funding and political will - new report

    Welsh marine life threatened by lack of funding and political will – new report

    Vulnerable marine life in Welsh waters is at risk from lack of funding and political will in the Welsh government, according to a new report by a government body.

  • pygmy owl

    EU Court urged to immediately halt illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    The European Commission has today referred a complaint about ongoing illegal logging in Poland’s Białowieża Forest to the EU Court. The Court has also been urged to impose an immediate ban on cutting trees in the ancient forest, one of the most precious in the world, until the judgment is issued.

  • woodland

    European Parliament has a chance to end pesticide use in areas set aside for wildlife

    ClientEarth is urging MEPs to vote to stop the use of harmful pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Harbour porpoise for story asking how does the UK protect harbour porpoises and what happens after Brexit?

    How does the UK protect harbour porpoises, and what happens after Brexit?

    The UK government has finally proposed five new protected areas for the vulnerable harbour porpoise – under threat of legal action from the European Commission. What happens next?

  • farming and river for story saying Polish water under threat as nitrate pollution laws fall short

    Polish water under threat as nitrate pollution laws fall short

    Despite declaring that a new Water Act to enter into force on 1 January 2017, the Polish Government has not yet set a date for submitting the draft law to parliament. This threatens Polish water resources and fragile ecosystems.

  • 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.

  • Snow-topped mountains in Scotland

    What is the 25 Year Plan for the Environment?

    In this Q+A ClientEarth explain what the government’s 25 Year Plan for the environment is, how the plan relates to Brexit, and how it can best protect nature in the UK.

  • Dover cliffs for story saying Government protection plan for vulnerable marine ecosystem falls short

    UK Government protection plan for vulnerable marine ecosystem falls short

    Proposed plans to protect vulnerable marine areas off the coast of Kent fall short and would set a bad precedent for the waters around the UK.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photo of bird in forest to illustrate story saying European Parliament condemns Polish Government plans for illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    European Parliament condemns Polish Government plan to log Białowieża Forest

    The European Parliament has condemned the Polish Government for a slew of legal breaches, including illegal logging in Białowieża Forest.

  • 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.

  • big ben and daffodils

    MPs must pledge to protect natural world

    UK MPs must commit to promote environmental progress for the wellbeing of their constituents and people around the globe.