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In Europe, vital laws protect our most precious nature. Our wildlife and most valued natural places all depend on these rules. Sadly, the European Commission is considering undermining these laws, undoing years of progress. The European Commission asked for our opinion and the response was unprecedented: over half a million citizens showed their support for these laws, the Nature Directives, in a public consultation this summer. Since then, the Environment Ministers of ten EU countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Luxembourg and Greece) and seven of the European Parliament’s eight political groupings have positioned themselves supporting the Nature Directives.

On 20 November 2015 a high-level conference took place in Brussels, where the initial results of the consultation were presented and discussed. The Nature Summit showed a consensus on the NGOs position, that the Birds and Habitats Directives are fit for purpose. To find out more, please see our relevant Press Release here.

The Nature Directives provide the legal framework for the protection of well-known areas in Cyprus, such as the Larnaka Salt Lakes, Cape Greco, Akamas peninsula, Troodos National Forest Park and Oroklini Lake, which are among the 63 Natura 2000 sites in Cyprus. Oroklini Lake is an outstanding example of the positive results the legislative framework of the Nature Directives can have, environmentally as well as socially. The LIFE Oroklini project for the restoration and management of Oroklini Lake was successfully in December 2014. Oroklini Lake is very important for two species of birds that nest there, Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus). Cyprus holds more than 50% of the EU’s breeding population of the Spur-winged Plover. In total, 190 bird species have been recorded at Oroklini Lake (the number changes depending on the season).

You can see more about the #NatureAlert campaign here.

Last updated: May 2016