The Italian Parliament enshrines biodiversity and the protection of ecosystems in the Constitution

WWF Italy welcomes a recent amendment to include safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity in the Italian constitution as an “important first step” in harmonizing the country’s legal system with European and international environmental principles.

The Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, described the change in law as an “epoch”, writes EuroNews.Green.

“It is right that the protection of the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems should become a founding value of our Republic,” he said. “This is an essential step for a country like Italy which is facing its own ecological transition. »

Cingolani praised Italy’s “well-defined” rules on Earth protections, noting that “by choosing to protect the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems through your constitution, you are choosing to protect future generations”.

Such protections will involve profound recalibrations of value systems that, until now, have favored economic interests over environmental ones.

The amendment will require that “[public] health and the environment… are protected by the economy”, and that “private industry… has no more impact on the climate”, declares EuroNews.Green.

“Finally, the protection of the environment becomes a fundamental principle of the Republic to which future legislation will have to be inspired and to which past legislation will have to adapt”, declared the president of WWF Italy, Donatella Bianchi.