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Mitigation: must try harder

The current European Union (EU) law 'that habitats destroyed by development must be replaced in the same region' is unreasonable and should be repealed.

World population is expanding rapidly and there is no policy (or even possibility) for preventing this. The additional population will require food, energy etc. They will obtain this by continuing to displace the "natural environment". If it is food for birds or humans then humans it must be.

As population increases natural habitats must (will) diminish. This relationship is almost immutable, yet the simplistic EU law ignores this. It is not based on sustainable logic.

It is necessary to replace this law by a more sophisticated policy which recognises its intentions but which can be more flexibly applied. The current policy has already caused wasteful planning distortions. This problem needs addressing urgently before we cause more when planning for the Severn Barrage.

 K BOWMAN (M), kandmbowman@hotmail.co.uk

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