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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

EU Takes Landmark Step To Criminalize Serious Ecosystem Destruction

In a groundbreaking move, the European Union (EU) has set a precedent by criminalizing the most severe cases of environmental damage, equating them to "ecocide."


A diver clears up the rubble caused by blast fishing. The directive, covering offenses deemed "comparable to ecocide," will require member countries to integrate these stricter measures into their national laws within a two-year period. I Photo: Teng Hoi Conservation Organization



Under the updated environmental crime directive, activities such as habitat loss, illegal logging, and other forms of ecosystem destruction will face harsher penalties, including prison sentences.


The EU's decision marks the first time an international body has taken such a significant step to address environmental crimes.


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The directive, covering offenses deemed "comparable to ecocide," will require member countries to integrate these stricter measures into their national laws within a two-year period.


The European Parliament's approval of the tougher legislation follows an agreement reached among member states in November.


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Marie Toussaint, a French lawyer and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the Greens/European Free Alliance group, hailed the move as one of the most ambitious environmental legislations globally.


Toussaint emphasized that the new directive represents a pivotal moment for Europe, signaling a commitment to protecting ecosystems and human health. By ending environmental impunity and holding perpetrators accountable, the EU aims to safeguard the natural world for future generations.




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