The Council finally approves the Nature Restoration Law

18 June 2024

The Council of the European Union has achieved a significant milestone by approving the Nature Restoration Law, a key part of the Green Deal, after months of delay. Member States upheld their commitments, with a majority of 20 countries representing 66.07% of the population endorsing the law. This was made possible by Austria’s Environment Minister, Leonore Gewessler, who shifted the country’s stance at the last minute, safeguarding the law.

This groundbreaking legislation aims to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030, and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. Healthy ecosystems are vital allies in the fight against climate change and will support efforts to reduce emissions. Furthermore, restored ecosystems will offer numerous benefits, such as increased food security and enhanced well-being for all citizens.