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Commission timidly commits to better implementation of nature legislation
Finally the EU gets serious about protecting seabirds from fishing!
Local Plan for Akamas in the works

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03 May 2017
On 27 April the European Commission published its “Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy” – a roadmap for the Birds and Habitats Directives – the EU’s flagship nature laws that represent the cornerstone of EU-wide efforts to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity. 
31 March 2017
​Thanks to the advocacy work carried out by BirdLife Europe and Central Asia and other partner organisations the EU is taking important first steps towards solving the seabird bycatch problem. On 16 March 2017, the European Parliament adopted the essential data collection regulation.
31 March 2017
The ministerial decision of January 2016 on the Akamas issue foresaw the preparation of a Local Plan for the Akamas Peninsula. The Democratic Structured Dialogue, which was a part of the procedure for the preparation of the Akamas Local Plan, was held on 21 and 22 February 2017, at Neo Chorio village. 
06 March 2017
In the beginning of February the European Commission published for the first time ever an overview of the EU environmental policies and laws related to the 28 Member States. Within the report one can find references on the challenges, opportunities and also on gaps related to a number of environmental policies for every MS.
31 January 2017
On 8 December 2016 the European Commission announced through a press release that it is taking France to the EU Court of Justice for failing to address continued violations of the legislation on the conservation of wild birds.
31 December 2016
In a great victory for nature, the European Commission officially confirmed on 7 December 2016 that the EU nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened. This announcement ends two years of uncertainty over the future of the Directives. The Commission has also called for a plan to better implement and enforce these laws.
07 December 2016
The laws that protect Nature in Europe – the Nature Directives – are still under threat. Over the last two years, the European Commission has been scrutinizing these laws and it is about to decide their fate.
30 September 2016
Following the public consultation that the Game and Fauna Service carried out on 5 August 2016 regarding the hunting law amendment and the regulations on captive breeding and dog training areas, BirdLife Cyprus had a meeting with the Head of Game and Fauna Service, Mr Pantelis Hadjigerou, on 31 August 2016 to discuss in detail the proposals of the Game and Fauna Service and to clarify our positions and why we oppose many of these proposed amendments. This meeting was also attended by organisations Terra Cypria and Friends of the Earth Cyprus.
31 August 2016
The Game and Fauna Service carried out a Public Consultation on 5 August 2016 regarding the law proposals that it had brought to the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament for discussion in late June. The public consultation was carried out after the Environment Committee had ordered the Game and Fauna Service to carry out a meaningful public consultation dialogue with all stakeholders, before these proposals are to be discussed in detail at the Parliament (read relevant June and July 2016 e-news articles). In particular, there are three proposed laws / regulations that the Game and Fauna Service presented during the consultation: a) ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016', an amendment to the main hunting legislation 152(I)/2003, b) Regulations on the ‘Possession of Breeding species of Wild Birds or Wildlife’, and c) Regulations on ‘Training areas of Hunting Dogs’.
29 July 2016
Following the first discussion held at the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament on 29 June 2016 regarding a law amendment prepared by the Game and Fauna Service with title ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016', a law amendment regarding the Law 152(I)/2003 (read relevant June 2016 article here), a second discussion was held at the Environment Committee on 13 July 2016.

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