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Overview

Within the EU, the 7th Environment Action Programme (2014-2020) sets the protection, conservation and enhancement of the Union’s natural capital as one of its priorities. The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 outlines targets and actions to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services by 2020. The EU Cohesion Policy allocates EUR 35 billion to environmental protection in 2014-2020.

Beyond its borders, the EU addresses environmental objectives through the European development policy and the Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy. Implementing the Action Plan for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 integrates risk reduction priorities with biodiversity and ecosystems protection.

A full list of EU policies and actions supporting Goal 15 is available below.

EU actions

Sorted alphabetically.

EU Actions supporting Goal 15.

EU Actions supporting specific Goal 15 targets.

15.1 - By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

15.2 - By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally

15.3 - By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world

15.4 - By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development

15.5 - Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species

15.6 - Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed

15.7 - Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products

15.8 - By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species

15.9 - By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts

15.a - Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems

15.b - Mobilize significant resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance such management, including for conservation and reforestation

15.c - Enhance global support for efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities