Government lands historic nature agreement

Almost 900 million kroner has been earmarked to help improve biodiversity in Denmark over the next four years

A big boon for nature (photo: Pixabay)
December 4th, 2020 11:19 am| by Christian W

The government has combined with Radikale, Socialistisk Folkeparti, Enhedslisten and Alternativet to reach an accord that will give Denmark’s nature a major boost.

The deal involves 888 million kroner being set aside to help improve biodiversity in Denmark from 2021-24.

“The agreement will provide Denmark’s nature with a historic life so that all animals and plants have better and greener conditions in Denmark,” said the finance minister, Nicolai Wammen.

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Biodiversity hub
The deal also includes the formation of an additional 13 national parks and the creation of thousands of hectares of untouched forest.

The agreement will see Denmark reach a total of 15 national parks and around 75,000 hectares of untouched wilderness.

More specific elements of the plan will be conveyed at a later date, but 4 million kroner will go to establishing a biodiversity council.

A further 10 million kroner has been earmarked to improve the aquatic environment in the Øresund strait through the establishment of stone reefs and collection of abandoned fishing equipment.

The news comes on the heels of the government announcing a halt to oil and gas production by 2050.

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