BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Several environmental associations welcomed the measures adopted by the cabinet for more insect protection on Wednesday. The German Nature Conservation Association (Nabu) and the Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) have indicated their approval. “Every kilo of pesticide saved, every pesticide-free square kilometer of land and every saved light source are positive for insects and nature. The final exit from glyphosate agriculture also points in the right direction,” said BUND chairman Olaf Bandt. It is right that “in certain protected areas cooperative solutions” are being sought, in which farmers are rewarded for insect protection, said Bandt.
NABU President Jörg-Andreas Krüger also welcomed the glyphosate phase-out by the end of 2023 and called the package a “first step in the right direction”. The environmental protection organization Greenpeace warned that insect protection should be tackled consistently despite some voluntary measures. “If Germany continues to protect its protected areas poorly, it will not only be a fiasco for biodiversity. There is also the threat of renewed infringement proceedings by the EU,” it said on Wednesday in a statement./faa/DP/jha