The International Day for Biodiversity will be celebrated on May 22nd. The UN decreed this day with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of biodiversity for humans.
Biodiversity strategy for 2030
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.
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
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.
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.
Convention on Biological Diversity
The Convention on Biological Diversity was signed in 1992, at the Earth Summit of the United Nations (UN). It was approved by 196 countries, establishing the implementation of agreements in different sectors.