The 27 national and 120 regional protected areas instituted as national parks — Italy’s lungs — have altered their guidelines with a new framework law approved Tuesday by the House and then sent back for a second reading in the Senate. But of course not everyone agrees with this reform.
The environmental NGOs — not all of them, but the 12 largest, including WWF, Greenpeace and Lipu — are up in arms and asked the MPs not to vote for the new law as presented by the commission. In addition, Tuesday in the Senate the amended text was approved by a crippled majority: 249 votes in favor, 115 against and 32 abstentions.
The thumbs down came not only from the opposition (M5S, Sinistra Italiana and Lega Nord) but also Bersani’s MDP, while Forza Italia abstained. The law will not be thrown out entirely, in the opinion of its critics, because there is wide consensus on the need to modernize the previous legislation dating back to 1991.