One more week to share your opinion with the European Commission on the nature restoration targets of the new EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. The public consultation is open until April 5th 2021. The Commission would like to hear your views before it finalises its proposals. Make sure to use this opportunity!
Anybody is welcome to provide input
Anybody who is interested in the new EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 can have their say. The Commission invites public and private organisations, as well as individuals. Of particular interest is the input from organisations and people who are directly working on biodiversity protection. So are you, or do you know, somebody who works in biodiversity management, restoration and protection? Make sure you have a look at this public consultation.
Through this public consultation, the European Commission wants to gather information and feedback from stakeholders and the general public on the EU Biodiversity Strategies. In part 1, you are invited to share your vision on the strategy to 2020. Afterwards, Part 2 addresses the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species. And finally, Part 3 is about the key commitments of the next EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.
What is the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 for?
Through this strategy, the EU acknowledges that nature is critically important for our future. It is estimated that half of the global GDP, € 40 trillion, in fact depends on nature. Nature provides us with food and other resources, as well as health and wellbeing. Nature also provides us humans other services, the so-called ecosystem services. Furthermore, it filters the air and water we use, it protects our climates, recycles waste and makes agriculture possible through pollination. To secure all of these benefits for the future, EU wants protect intact ecosystems and restore degraded ones. This includes increasing organic farming to enhance biodiversity in our agricultural landscape and reverse the decline of pollinators.
What about Wilderness in the EU Biodiversity Strategy?
The word Wilderness only appears in the strategy one time. Right in the beginning, it states that ‘wilderness is disappearing in front of our eyes’. Nevertheless, the strategy includes focus points that will help Europe to preserve its wildest places. One of the focus points describes how EU Member States should protect 30% of land and sea by 2030. And protecting such natural areas from human destruction is the most important step for the protection of intact ecosystems and Wilderness. The EU Biodiversity Strategy thus provides a good chance to strengthen the basis for continuous Wilderness protection in the future.
Make sure to have your say. The public consultation is carried out through an online questionnaire. The questionnaires are available in different EU languages. Go directly to the public consultation here. The public consultation will close at April 5th at midnight Central European Summer Time.