20 December 2016

The Norwegian government has today refused a license to shoot 47 of Norway's 70 protected wolves, following an appeal and high-profile campaign from Friends of the Earth Norway. The announcement was made today by Vidar Helgesen, Norway's minister for climate and environment.

The Norwegian government concluded there was no legal basis under Norway's national protection law nor the Berne Convention to shoot protected wolves.

7 December 2016

European Commission confirms EU nature protection laws will be saved after record-breaking campaign – now put the laws to work, say NGOs

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Commission have today confirmed that the EU's flagship nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened, ending two years of uncertainty over the laws' future. They have also called for a plan to better implement these laws. [1]

24 November 2016

A gentle landscape in rural Northern Ireland encompassing protected wetlands, that inspired Nobel-prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, is under threat. The Northern Ireland government has approved the construction of a highway through this culturally significant landscape to carry 22,000 vehicles a day – a decision made even more shocking because there are other routes available that are less damaging for biodiversity. Heaney called these plans 'a desecration' before he died.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
17 November 2016

Guest blog from Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway

Norway, the first country to have a minister of environment, whose former prime minister coined the term 'sustainable development', is seemingly on a mission to trash its green image. Shooting its few remaining wolves, pumping oil in the Arctic, and dumping toxic waste in its pristine fjords – how did it come to this?

17 October 2016

Nature can't wait

Safeguarding Europe's declining wildlife, and the right of European citizens to enjoy nature, needs real protection on the ground – not a complex renegotiation of EU nature conservation laws, argues Friends of the Earth Europe.

25 September 2016

After years of campaigning, Mount Srđ, the picturesque hill overlooking historical Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, has moved a step closer to safety after a court annulled permission for a destructive golf resort development.

The ruling from the administrative court in Split annulled the environmental permit for the development, confirming what the "Srđ is ours" initiative, Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia and experts had long claimed: that the development is simply not compatible with the local environment.

29 August 2016

Cyprus is anticipated to be taken to the European Court of Justice after giving the go-ahead to a destructive tourism development in a vital sea turtle nesting area.

Limni is a crucial breeding ground for two of Cyprus' iconic species of sea turtles - the Loggerhead and Green varieties. These turtles face a very high risk of extinction in the wild, and are strictly protected under EU law. The project - which would involve two golf courses, a 160-room hotel and 792 residential villas - is expected to impact a quarter of all Loggerhead sea turtle nests on the island.

24 June 2016

Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, comments on the UK's decision to leave the European Union.


The result is in – we are leaving the EU. The fight starts now to make sure that the UK doesn't water-down environmental safeguards we've inherited from the European Union. Instead we must improve standards in order to protect our green and pleasant land. Future generations deserve no less.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
23 May 2016

On International Biodiversity Day, members of Center for Environment/Friends of the Earth Bosnia & Herzegovina visited the cave Mišarica near Banja Luka to highlight the insufficient protection and preservation of the highly biodiverse subterranean cave ecosystems, unfortunately threaten with destruction.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
11 May 2016

Activists from across the Friends of the Earth Europe network stood in solidarity today with local campaigners resisting controversial oil and gas exploration in Woodburn Forest, Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland


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