Europe may have lost up to 80% of its insects over the last 30 years because of intensive farming methods and pesticide use.
The finding was reported in the peer-reviewed science journal Plos One; it was based on insect counts in Germany since 1989. It was cited in a joint parliamentary question from MPs Gérard Anzi and Henri Kox, who asked if similar studies had been conducted in Luxembourg.
Environment minister Carole Dieschbourg said there were no long-term insect counts for Luxembourg, however counts have been conducted by researchers at List since 2014. “It is therefore too early to draw solid conclusions on any eventual general decline in insect population in our country. Nevertheless, scientists stress the trend towards a loss of diversity and abundance in species,” the minister said. “It is therefore to be feared that the massive loss of insects observed in Germany reflects the actual situation in Luxembourg.”
Dieschbourg said measures to combat this decline went beyond mere agricultural reform, and said the government must include measures in the 2021-2027 national rural development plan.
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