The Federal Council (Bundesrat) last Friday decided to remove a decision on an Ordinance on Compensation for Interventions in Nature and Landscape (BKompV) from its agenda. The BKompV had been adopted by the Federal Government in April, .
Without approval by the Bundesrat the ordinance cannot enter into force.
If adopted the ordinance would have set nationwide applicable standards regarding the compensation for interventions in nature and landscape in the sense of Section 14 para. 1 Federal Act for the Protection of Nature (BNatSchG). BKompV would have affected among others new wind farm and grid projects, as they can affect both nature and landscape, which triggers compensation measures and compensation payments.
In the absence of a decision by the Bundesrat, the matter remains regulated by the laws of the sixteen German states, which vary considerably.