The European Parliament approved the Nature Restoration Law

27 February 2024

With the introduction of a novel Nature Restoration Law, Europe is making a major advancement in its dedication to climate resilience and environmental preservation. The European Commission is leading this historic legislation that attempts to address the worrying loss of ecosystems throughout the continent and lessen the effects of climate change.

The fundamental goal of the EU’s Nature Restoration Law is to rebuild and revitalise species, habitats, and ecosystems throughout its land and maritime borders. With more than 80% of habitats presently categorised as being in poor health, immediate action is required to halt this trend and promote biodiversity recovery.

The ambitious objectives for recovering wetlands, forests, urban green areas, and marine habitats are outlined in the proposed Nature Restoration Law. With the objective of including all ecosystems by 2050, restoration initiatives are expected to encompass a minimum of 20% of the land and sea regions within the European Union by 2030. Protecting pollinators, fostering biodiversity in forests, growing urban green spaces, and rehabilitating marine habitats—which are essential for climate resilience—are some of the main goals. EU member states must actively participate in the implementation process by creating and submitting National Restoration Plans within a two-year timeframe. Accountability will be ensured through monitoring and reporting systems. The advantages of conservation initiatives are demonstrated by the success stories of nature restoration projects around Europe, highlighting the significance of environmental stewardship and resilience-building in the face of climate change