Why the EU supports biodiversity research and innovation

Biodiversity - the variety of life in the world - is essential for us, but also vital on a genetic and ecosystems level. Nature provides us with food, health and medicines, materials, recreation and wellbeing. A healthy ecosystem filters our air and water, helps keep the climate in balance, converts waste back into resources, pollinates crops and much more. 

Yet we are losing nature like never before because of unsustainable human activities.

The global population of wild species has fallen by 60% over the last 40 years. One million species are at risk of extinction.

The European Green Deal, and its EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, require intensifying research and innovation activities and investments to help put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030. Advances in research and innovation will support achieving policy targets, developing nature-based solutions and holistic approaches to address the main direct and indirect causes of biodiversity loss.

This knowledge will enable us to design the best ways to protect and sustainably restore ecosystems - currently under pressure on several fronts. It will also preserve their capacity to deliver a wide range of essential services on land, inland water and at sea, including solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changing climate.

The EU takes a leading role in research related to international negotiations on a global framework to halt biodiversity loss and supports IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Read about the EU's biodiversity research policy

Funding opportunities

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases



  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

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