EU restoration target would have ‘major impact’ on agriculture
The nature restoration target proposed by the EU will have a “major impact” on agriculture and the wider rural economy, according to the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association.
Farm organizations will address the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Sea on Wednesday on that goal.
Speaking, INHFA President Vincent Roddy said it was “necessary for our legislators to work together to oppose this settlement.”
“The proposed regulations, if implemented in their current form, will sterilize many family farms and undermine our rural economy,” Roddy said.
At a previous committee meeting on the subject, Copa-Cogeca political adviser Niall Curley explained that under the Nature Restoration Act, the EU will impose legally binding targets on states members until 2050.
“The first target is for the whole of the EU to have 20% of all EU land and seas covered with restoration measures by 2030,” Mr Curley said.
“The goal is to achieve ‘good’ status of these targets up to 30% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 90% by 2050.
“Among these habitats are wetlands; grasslands; river, lake, alluvial and riparian habitats; forests; steppe, heath and scrub habitats; rocky and dune habitats.”
Mr Curley said that to help achieve these goals, the EU will ask each member state to create a nature restoration plan.
INHFA President, Mr Roddy, said there was an “urgent need to re-evaluate existing regulations before making the situation worse through the implementation of the Nature Restoration Regulations, which will become the ultimate charter for cranks”.