The European Commission on Wednesday went ahead with a proposed regulation aimed at reducing the use of pesticides by 50% by 2030 to “restore damaged ecosystems and restore nature to Europe”[.],
Europe’s Pesticide Action Network (PAN) stated that “an 80% reduction of pesticides by 2030 and 100% by 2035 ″ in general will “benefit the long-term sustainability of farmers, the restoration of biodiversity and the protection of citizens’ health.” The EU aims to use plant protection products, which are “pesticides” that protect crops and useful plants, in order to “reduce the risks and impacts on human health and the environment and to promote integrated pest management.”
The EU Commission also aims to restore Europe’s nature by 2050 through the proposed nature conservation law that obliges member states to develop nature conservation plans. The Commission hopes that these plans will help revitalize habitats throughout Europe that are in poor ecological condition.
These proposals are part of the European Green Deal which is a strategy for Europe to reverse biodiversity loss and restore nature.