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EU nature restoration targets

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The European Commission will put forward a proposal for legally binding EU nature restoration targets in 2021. Restoring EU’s ecosystems will help to increase biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters.

Developing a proposal for binding EU nature restoration targets is a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030

The European Commission is preparing an impact assessment to support the development of EU nature restoration targets, and to assess their potential environmental, social and economic impacts. Public and stakeholder views and insights will contribute to the impact assessment.

Objectives

The main objective of the EU initiative is to restore degraded ecosystems, in particular those with the most potential to:

  • capture and store carbon
  • prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters
  • deliver further benefits, such as soil health and pollination
  • improve knowledge and monitoring of ecosystems and their services.

The public consultation on nature restoration targets is now open.

Timeline

Previous and upcoming actions

  1. First half of 2021
    At least two stakeholder workshops will take place

    These workshops will discuss policy options and collect views from a broad range of stakeholders on:

    • the options for restoration targets, how these targets should be implemented, and the potential social, economic and wider environmental impacts that need to be considered
    • the preliminary findings of the impact assessment support study.
  2. 11 January - 5 April 2021
    Online public consultation open for feedback

    This public consultation will collect stakeholder views, in particular on the main elements and approach to devising the Commission's proposal for binding restoration targets. 

  3. 4 November - 2 December 2020
    Public feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment

    This Inception Impact Assessment collected feedback from stakeholders and the public on the main elements of the initiative.

  4. 20 May 2020
    Publication of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030