The European Commission has launched a new strategy to protect and improve the state of Europe’s biodiversity over the next decade. Six priority targets have been set which address the main drivers of biodiversity loss. They are:
- Full implementation of existing nature protection legislation and network of natural reserves, to ensure major improvements to the conservation status of habitats and species
- Improving and restoring ecosystems and ecosystem services wherever possible, notably by the increased use of green infrastructure
- Ensuring the sustainability of agriculture and forestry activities
- Safeguarding and protecting EU fish stocks
- Controlling invasive species, a growing cause of biodiversity loss in the EU
- Stepping up the EU’s contribution to concerted global action to avert biodiversity loss.
The strategy is in line with two major commitments made by EU leaders in March 2010 – halting the loss of biodiversity in the EU by 2020, and protecting, valuing and restoring EU biodiversity and ecosystem services by 2050. It is also in line with global commitments made in Nagoya in October 2010, in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity, where world leaders adopted a package of measures to address biodiversity loss world wide over the coming decade.
As an integral part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the biodiversity strategy will contribute to the EU’s resource efficiency objectives by ensuring that Europe’s natural capital is managed sustainably, as well as to climate change mitigation and adaptation goals by improving the resilience of ecosystems and the services they provide.
Full details of the strategy and its launch can be found here.