European Parliament Approves EU Law On Large-Scale Ecosystems Restoration

A legislation that mandates the restoration of all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050, as well as at least 20 percent of the EU’s land and marine regions by 2030, has been passed by the European Parliament (EP).

In a commentary on the accepted regulation, the EP stated that « an EU law on nature restoration, agreed with Member States, will restore degraded ecosystems in all countries of the Union, help achieve the EU’s climate and biodiversity goals, and improve food security. »

In order to accomplish the overarching goals of the European Union, « Member States should restore at least 30% of the habitats covered by the new law (from forests, grasslands and wetlands to rivers, lakes and coral thickets) from poor to good condition by 2030, increasing to 60% by 2040 and 90% by 2050. »

Over 80% of European ecosystems are currently in terrible state, the European Parliament reminded.

EU nations are required to make sure that once an area is in good condition, it doesn’t drastically decline. National restoration plans from member states should be adopted, outlining how they propose to accomplish these objectives.


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