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EU Biodiversity Strategy Dashboard
updated on 2023-03-13

The dashboard of the EU Biodiversity Strategy is showing progress of the EU and its Member States towards the targets set for 2030



COHERENT NETWORK OF PROTECTED AREAS

Target 1: Legally protect a minimum of 30% of the EU’s land area and a minimum of 30% of the EU’s sea area, and integrate ecological corridors, as part of a true Trans-European Nature Network.
Subtarget 1.1: Legally protect a minimum of 30% of the EU's land area
Indicator 1.1.1: Terrestrial protected area coverage

This indicator measures the percentage of land, by Member State and at EU 27 level, covered by protected areas. It considers both nationally protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. Values are calculated and provided every year by the European Environment Agency based on Member States reports.

The contribution of the nationally protected areas to the target is to be confirmed.
Last update: 12-04-2023

Values at national scale



Indicator 1.1.2: Natura 2000 terrestrial protected area coverage

This indicator measures the percentage of land, by Member State and at EU 27 level, covered by Natura 2000 sites designated under the EU Habitats and Birds Directives. Values are calculated and provided each year by the European Environment Agency based on data reported by the Member States.

Last update: 12-04-2023

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

18.6%

Values at national scale



Indicator 1.1.3: Nationally designated terrestrial protected area coverage

This indicator measures the percentage of land, by Member State and at EU 27 level, covered by nationally designated protected areas. Values are calculated and provided each year by the European Environment Agency based on data reported by Member States.

The contribution of the nationally protected areas to the target is to be confirmed.
Last update: 12-04-2023

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

17.3%

Values at national scale



Subtarget 1.2: Legally protect a minimum of 30% of the EU's sea area
Indicator 1.2.1: Marine protected area coverage

This indicator measures the percentage of marine waters, by Member State and at EU 27 level, covered by protected areas. It considers both nationally protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. Values are calculated and provided every year by the European Environment Agency based on data reported by Member States.

The methodology to calculate value at EU27 level is being consolidated and may consequently change in the future due to methodological updates. The contribution of the nationally protected areas to the target is to be confirmed.
Last update: 14-03-2023

Values at national scale



Indicator 1.2.2: Natura 2000 marine protected area coverage

This indicator provides the percentage of marine waters, by Member State and at EU 27 level, covered by Natura 2000 sites designated under the EU Habitats and Birds Directives. Values are calculated and provided each year by the European Environment Agency based on data reported by the Member States.

Last update: 14-03-2023

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

9.0%

Values at national scale



Indicator 1.2.3: Nationally designated marine protected area coverage

This indicator provides the percentage of marine waters, by Member State and at EU 27 level, covered by nationally designated protected areas. Values are calculated and provided each year by the European Environment Agency based on data reported by Member States.

Last update: 14-03-2023

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

4.5%

Values at national scale



Target 2: Strictly protect at least a third of the EU’s protected areas, including all remaining EU primary and old-growth forests.

Indicator under development.

Target 3: Effectively manage all protected areas, defining clear conservation objectives and measures, and monitoring them appropriately.

Indicator under development.


EU NATURE RESTORATION PLAN

Strengthening the EU legal framework for nature restoration

Target 4: Legally binding EU nature restoration targets to be proposed in 2021, subject to an impact assessment. By 2030, significant areas of degraded and carbon-rich ecosystems are restored. Habitats and species show no deterioration in conservation trends and status; and at least 30% reach favourable conservation status or at least show a positive trend.
Subtarget 4.1: Species show no deterioration in conservation trends and status
Indicator 4.1.1: Common bird index by type of species

This indicator is a multi-species index measuring changes in population abundances at EU level of all common bird species (n=168) as well as those associated with specific habitats: common farmland bird species (n=39) and common forest bird species (n=34).The three indices give estimated bird numbers relative to the reference year 1990, when their value is set at 100. Values are calculated every year by the European Bird Census Council through the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme programme, based on data from citizen science, and further provided by Eurostat.

The values for the indicator are calculated using 1990 as year of reference.
Last update: 22-01-2024

Source: Eurostat

EU 27


Bringing nature back to agricultural land

Target 5: The decline of pollinators is reversed.
Indicator 5.0.1: Grassland butterfly index

This indicator is an index measuring changes in population abundance at EU level of 15 grassland butterfly species, using 1991 as reference year. Values are calculated every year by the European Butterfly Monitoring Scheme partnership, distributed by the European Environmental Agency, and further provided by Eurostat

The values for the indicator are calculated using 1991 as year of reference.
Last update: 19-04-2024

Source: Eurostat

EU 27


Target 6: The risk and use of chemical pesticides is reduced by 50%, and the use of more hazardous pesticides is reduced by 50%.

Indicator under development.

Target 7: At least 10% of agricultural area is under high-diversity landscape features.

Indicator under development.

Target 8: At least 25% of agricultural land is under organic farming management, and the uptake of agro-ecological practices is significantly increased.
Subtarget 8.1: At least 25% of agricultural land is under organic farming management
Indicator 8.1.1: Area under organic farming

This indicator measures the percentage of total utilised agricultural area, by Member State and at EU level, occupied by organic farming. It includes both existing organically-farmed areas and areas in the process of conversion. Values are calculated and provided every year by Eurostat based on data provided by the Member States.

Last update: 18-06-2024

Source: Eurostat

EU 27

Values at national scale



Forest quantity, health and resilience

Target 9: Three billion additional trees are planted in the EU, in full respect of ecological principles.
Indicator 9.0.1: Number of trees planted in the EU as part of the 3 Billion Trees Pledge

This indicator counts the number of planted trees, by Member State and at EU27 level, as part of the EU 3 Billion Trees Pledge. Values are calculated and produced by the European Environment Agency, based on values reported by Organizations participating at the Pledge.

The indicator uses a large number of datasets and they are not tracked by this dashboard.
Last update: 22-07-2024

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

Target 2030: 3000000000

22621051

Values at national scale



Addressing land take and restoring soil ecosystems

Target 10: Significant progress in the remediation of contaminated soil sites.
Indicator 10.0.1: Increase in the number of remediated sites

This indicator measures the increase in the number of remediated sites, by Member State and at EU27 level, between 2006 and 2016. Values are calculated and produced by the European Environment Agency, based on data reported by Member States.

Last update: 27-10-2023

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

57110

Values at national scale



Win-win solutions for energy generation

Restoring freshwater ecosystems

Target 11: At least 25,000 km of free-flowing rivers are restored.

Indicator under development.

Addressing invasive alien species

Target 12: There is a 50% reduction in the number of Red List species threatened by invasive alien species.

Indicator under development.

Reducing pollution

Target 13: The losses of nutrients from fertilisers are reduced by 50%, resulting in the reduction of the use of fertilisers by at least 20%.
Subtarget 13.1: The losses of nutrients from fertilisers are reduced by 50%
Indicator 13.1.1: Change in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater

This indicator measures the percentage of change in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater, by Member State and at EU27 level, between 2000 and 2021. Values are calculated and produced by the European Environment Agency, based on data reported by Member States.

Last update: 04-04-2024

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

-3.2%

Values at national scale



Indicator 13.1.2: Change in the concentration of nitrate in rivers

This indicator measures the percentage of change in the concentration of nitrate in rivers, by Member State and at EU27 level, between 2000 and 2021. Values are calculated and produced by the European Environment Agency, based on data reported by Member States.

Last update: 04-04-2024

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

-8.7%

Values at national scale



Indicator 13.1.3: Change in the concentration of phosphate in rivers

This indicator measures the percentage of change in the concentration of phosphate in rivers, by Member State and at EU27 level, between 2000 and 2021. Values are calculated and produced by the European Environment Agency, based on data reported by Member States.

Last update: 04-04-2024

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

-17.6%

Values at national scale



Indicator 13.1.4: Change in the concentration of total phosphorus in lakes

This indicator measures the percentage of change in the concentration of total phosphorus in lakes, by Member State and at EU27 level, between 2000 and 2021. Values are calculated and produced by the European Environment Agency, based on data reported by Member States.

Last update: 04-04-2024

Source: European Environment Agency

EU 27

-22.4%

Values at national scale



Greening urban and peri-urban areas

Target 14: Cities with at least 20,000 inhabitants have an ambitious Urban Greening Plan.

Indicator under development.

Restoring marine ecosystems

Target 15: The negative impacts on sensitive species and habitats, including on the seabed through fishing and extraction activities, are substantially reduced to achieve good environmental status.
Subtarget 15.1: The negative impacts on sensitive species through fishing and extraction activities are substantially reduced
Indicator 15.1.1: Proportion of fish stocks sustainably exploited

This indicator provides the percentage of fish stocks, in North-East Atlantic and adjacent seas, the Mediterranean and Black Sea region and in EU waters overall, that is sustainably exploited. Values are calculated each year by the Joint Research Centre (Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries), and further provided by Eurostat.

Last update: 12-09-2023

Source: Eurostat

EU 27

52.2%

Values by FAO major fishing area



Target 16: The by-catch of species is eliminated or reduced to a level that allows species recovery and conservation.

Indicator under development.


ENABLING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

Although there is no specific target for this commitment some actions are being implemented to achieve it.

A new governance framework

Stepping up implementation and enforcement of EU environmental legislation

Business for biodiversity

Financing for biodiversity

Measuring and integrating the value of nature (NCA)

Knowledge

Education


EU EXTERNAL ACTION AND AN AMBITIOUS GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY AGENDA

Although there is no specific target for this commitment some actions are being implemented to achieve it.

Raising the level of ambition and commitment worldwide

International Ocean Governance

Trade policy

Deforestation, wildlife trafficking, illicit trade

International cooperation, neighbourhood policy and resource mobilisation

Review of progress