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Biodiversity strategy for 2030 - concrete actions

The 2030 EU Biodiversity Strategy

The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 is a comprehensive, ambitious and long-term plan to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. The strategy aims to put Europe's biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030, and contains specific actions and commitments.

It is the proposal for the EU’s contribution to the upcoming international negotiations on the global post-2020 biodiversity framework. A core part of the European Green Deal, it will also support a green recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Objectives

The biodiversity strategy aims to put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030 for the benefit of people, climate and the planet.

In the post-COVID-19 context, the strategy aims to build our societies’ resilience to future threats such as

  • the impacts of climate change
  • forest fires
  • food insecurity
  • disease outbreaks - including by protecting wildlife and fighting illegal wildlife trade

Actions

The strategy contains specific commitments and actions to be delivered by 2030.

Establishing a larger EU-wide network of protected areas on land and at sea

The EU will enlarge existing Natura 2000 areas, with strict protection for areas of very high biodiversity and climate value.

Launching an EU nature restoration plan

Through concrete commitments and actions, the EU aims to restore degraded ecosystems by 2030 and manage them sustainably, addressing the key drivers of biodiversity loss.

As part of this plan, the Commission will propose binding nature restoration targets by the end of 2021.

Introducing measures to enable the necessary transformative change

The strategy highlights unlocking funding for biodiversity, and setting in motion a new, strengthened governance framework to

  • ensure better implementation and track progress
  • improve knowledge, financing and investments
  • better respecting nature in public and business decision-making

Introducing measures to tackle the global biodiversity challenge

These measures will demonstrate that the EU is ready to lead by example to address the global biodiversity crisis. In particular, working towards the successful adoption of an ambitious global biodiversity framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Timeline

Previous and upcoming actions

  1. January 2020
    Launch of public consultation on nature restoration targets

    Contribute to the public consultation here.

  2. 20 May 2020
    Publication of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030

Media

LinkedIn live with Commissioner Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS on the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy and Europe's green recovery.