The EU has laws to ensure that species native to the EU and the habitats they depend on are protected. The Birds and Habitats Directives are crucial to prevent further loss and fully restore the amazing European biodiversity. However, there's still some road to travel before we can truly claim that the two directives are fully put into practice in all the Member States. Full compliance, efficient management and better enforcement of the EU nature law remain therefore one of our first priorities. The strategy identified a number of concrete actions to ensure we reach target 1 rapidly. The strategy mid-term review provides a detailed assessment of progress towards target 1.
To prevent further loss and restore biodiversity in the EU, the Birds and Habitats Directives must be fully implemented in all Member States. This means reaching a favourable conservation status of all habitats and species of European importance and adequate populations of naturally occurring wild bird species. By 2020, the assessments of species and habitats protected by the EU nature law must show better conservation or a secure status for 100 % more habitats and 50 % more species. (Read the Strategy)
We've identified 4 specific actions to help us conserve and restore nature: