Ministry of Environment presents proposals for stronger insect protection

Bumblebee pollinating flower, over dts
Bumblebee pollinating flower, over dts
The Federal Environment Ministry has proposed reforms to strengthen the protection of insects.

This is what the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” reports, citing the draft bill for the so-called Insect Protection Act. Accordingly, the ministry wants to reform both the Federal Nature Conservation Act and the Water Resources Act.

In the future, farmers will have to keep a minimum distance of ten meters from water when applying crop protection products. If the edge of the water is green, a distance of five meters should be sufficient. In addition to restrictions on the application of pesticides, the Ministry of the Environment also wants to curb light pollution. New street lights, lighting systems or billboards should be designed in such a way that they do not negatively affect wild animals and plants through light emissions. More precise requirements are to be regulated in a regulation. The use of insect light traps outdoors should also be prohibited. The ministry also wants to expand the legal definition of strictly protected biotopes. In the future, orchards will also be covered. The draft states that the planned changes will create 1.700 square kilometers of new biotope area in Germany. At the request of the NOZ, a spokesman for the Federal Environment Ministry announced that the insect protection law should be passed in the cabinet in October. The federal government's planned ban on glyphosate is not part of the draft. The ban should be achieved by changing the plant protection application regulation, which is the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, the spokesman.