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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on nature restoration


The Water Framework Directive Navigation Task Group (WFD NAVI) is a thematic cluster of international organisations representing public and private sector, ports, harbours, waterways, leisure navigation, and dredging. The navigation sector, which is acknowledged in Directive 2000/60/EC (the Water Framework Directive) as an important sustainable human development activity, is a key player in contributing to clean and ecologically healthy water bodies.

At a time when many Member State governments are taking steps to speed up planning and approval processes, particularly for activities that contribute to the meeting Green Deal objectives, some of the potential ‘unintended consequences’ of the proposed nature restoration law are of great concern to the WFD NAVI member organisations.

Recently, the group produced a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on nature restoration. Their findings and recommendations can be found in this position paper, formally published on the 20th February 2023. Please see related documents on the right.

More information on the work undertaken by the WFD NAVI on this and other directives, can be found here on the CEDA website.