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EU Biodiversity Strategy Actions Tracker

In the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the EU and its Member States committed to implement more than 100 actions by 2030. Please see below an overview of progress.

This tool is designed to track progress in the implementation of the actions listed in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.



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COHERENT NETWORK OF PROTECTED AREAS

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

Updated on: None


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 sets the target to place 30% of EU land area and 30% of EU sea area under protection by 2030, and to place a third of these areas (10%) under strict protection. To support the Member States, the Commission has published criteria and guidance for identifying and designating additional protected areas, including a definition of strict protection, as well as for appropriate management planning. The guidance also indicates how other effective area-based conservation measures could contribute to the targets. It is the result of extensive consultations with Member States' authorities, experts and stakeholders.

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Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
ENV


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.

Updated on: 2021-12-14


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 sets a target for Member States to ensure that at least 30% of their species and habitats protected under the Birds and Habitats Directives currently not in favourable status will be in that category by 2030, or at least show a strong positive trend. In addition, the target also provides that, by 2030, no more species or habitats should show a decline. In order to support the Member States in the selection and prioritisation of species and habitats for improvements to be achieved under that target, the Commission has developed a technical guidance note with the European Environment Agency (EEA), Member States and stakeholders in the frame of the Nature Directive Expert Group (NADEG). The guidance note was finalised in June 2021.

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Main Actors:
COM
EEA
MS

Chef de File:
ENV

Bringing nature back to agricultural land

Target 5 - The decline of pollinators is reversed.

Updated on: 2021-12-08


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The Commission published its Report on the implementation of the EU Pollinators initiative in May 2021. The report takes stock of the implementation of short-term (2020) actions and of progress to the long-term (2030) objectives of the initiative.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

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

Updated on: 2021-12-08


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The EU Biodiversity Strategy and the EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy set the target to manage 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030. The Action Plan on Organic Farming aims to promote the adoption of organic farming practices to achieve this target, as well as the development of organic products and demand for organic products. The Action Plan was adopted in March 2021.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
AGRI

Forest quantity, health and resilience

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The new EU forest strategy for 2030 was adopted in July 2021. Its implementation will contribute to achieving the EU biodiversity and climate objectives. The strategy is accompanied by two staff working documents, on the Stakeholder Consultation and Evidence Base, and on the 3 Billion Tree Planting Pledge for 2030.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
AGRI
COM
ENV

Target 9 - Three billion additional trees are planted in the EU, in full respect of ecological principles.

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: As part of the new EU Forest Strategy, the Commission presented a Roadmap for planting at least 3 billion additional trees in the EU by 2030, in full respect of ecological principles. On 9 December, the Commission also launched a Counter to the target of 3 billion trees (see link below).

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Addressing land take and restoring soil ecosystems

Target 10 - Significant progress in the remediation of contaminated soil sites.

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The new EU Soil Thematic Strategy was adopted in November 2021. It aims to tackle in a comprehensive way soil and land degradation, as well as to fulfil EU and international commitments on land degradation neutrality.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Win-win solutions for energy generation

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The objective of the Commission’s legislative proposals, delivered in June 2021 as part of the Fit for 55 package, is to ensure that the EU regulatory framework on bioenergy is in line with the increased ambition set out in the European Green Deal. The review of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED aims to reduce emissions to the extent required to reach the climate-neutrality goal for 2050, while promoting resource-efficient economic growth, job creation, technological leadership, pollution reduction and biodiversity preservation. The review of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is driven by the 2030 climate ambition and 2050 long-term goal, while taking account of the need for just transition. The review of the LULUCF Regulation aims to align the regulatory framework to an EU-wide target to reduce emissions by 55% in 2030 while ensuring a just transition and taking into account synergies with other land-related sectors (agriculture, bio-economy), uses (nature-based solutions, closer-to-nature forestry) and policies. To this effect, the initiative aims to create stronger policy incentives that realise the EU’s potential to reduce land emissions, enhance substitution of fossil-based materials and enhance land-based sinks in the land use sector.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
COM
ENER

Updated on: 2022-01-06


Deadline: 2020

Summary: The study, published in 2021, has informed, among other things, the review and revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the Emissions Trading Scheme, and the Regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
JRC
RTD

Restoring freshwater ecosystems

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

Updated on: 2021-12-21


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The target to achieve at least 25,000 km of free flowing rivers in the EU aims at supporting the restoration of freshwater ecosystems and the natural functions of rivers, by removing barriers and restoring floodplains and wetlands. The Commission is developing, in close consultation with authorities in the Member States as well as with EU level stakeholders, guidance to assist the Member States in: • identifying (primarily obsolete) barriers that are feasible to remove, with a view to re-establishing the natural functions of a river system and restoring free flowing rivers. • identifying possible funding sources for restoration at the identified sites.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

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%.

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The zero pollution vision for 2050 is that air, water and soil pollution will be reduced to levels that are no longer considered harmful to health and natural ecosystems, and that respect the boundaries with which our planet can cope, thereby creating a toxic-free environment. The Zero Pollution Action Plan was adopted in May 2021.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2020

Summary: The EU chemicals strategy for sustainability, adopted in October 2020, aims to help protect citizens and the environment against hazardous chemicals and to encourage innovation for the development of safe and sustainable alternatives. This means simplifying and strengthening the legal framework, improve cooperation and transparency between EU agencies and scientific bodies as well as ensure that the regulatory framework rapidly reflects scientific evidence on the risk posed by hazardous chemicals.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV


ENABLING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

A new governance framework

Updated on: 2022-05-05


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The Commission has launched an enhanced EU biodiversity governance framework to enable coherent implementation, progress monitoring and review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The EU Biodiversity Platform, the main expert group for the coordinated implementation of the Strategy, was launched in early 2022 with a strengthened mandate and membership, as well as mechanisms to engage better with the knowledge community and interact with Commission groups in other policy areas. A transparent mechanism for progress monitoring has been set up with a public actions tracker. A targets dashboard is being set up to show progress to each EU Biodiversity Target, with a set of indicators under development as a basis for corrective action if necessary. The aim is to encourage co-responsibility by relevant actors in meeting the biodiversity commitments, as well as forge better links with relevant processes in other policy areas and across governance levels. The Commission will also develop, in 2022, measures to support the strengthening of administrative capacity for implementation, stakeholder dialogue and participatory governance.

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Main Actors:
COM
EEA
MS

Chef de File:
ENV

Stepping up implementation and enforcement of EU environmental legislation

Updated on: 2021-12-14


Deadline: 2020

Summary: On 6 October 2021 the EU adopted the Aarhus Regulation that allows for increased public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment. The Commission had proposed the amendment in October 2020, following its commitment under the European Green Deal to improve access to administrative and judicial review at EU level for citizens and environmental non-governmental organisations. The revised Regulation improves the possibilities for civil society to request that EU institutions review their acts with the aim to ensure better environmental protection and a more effective climate action. Under the new rules, applicants may request review of administrative acts of EU institutions that contravene EU environmental law. The challenged acts may be administrative acts of individual scope, but also of general scope and may be adopted in any policy area. In addition to environmental NGOs, applicants may also include, under certain conditions, individuals, or groups of concerned members of the public.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: 2021-12-15


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The Environmental Crime Directive is the main horizontal instrument to protect the environment through criminal law. It requires Member States to define environmental crimes including wildlife trafficking and illegal killing or taking specimens of protected wild fauna or flora and to introduce criminal sanctions. On 15 December, the Commission adopted a proposal for a revised Directive to crack down on environmental crime, fulfilling a key commitment of the European Green Deal. The proposal intends to make protection of the environment more effective by obliging Member States to take criminal law measures. It defines new environmental crimes, sets a minimum level for sanctions and strengthens the effectiveness of law enforcement cooperation. It also obliges the Member States to support and assist people who report environmental offences and cooperate with the enforcement.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
JUST

Business for biodiversity

Updated on: 2022-04-27


Deadline: 2021

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
JUST

Financing for biodiversity

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: Within the framework of the European green deal, the Commission announced a renewed sustainable finance strategy. The Commission published its ‘strategy for financing the transition to a sustainable economy’ on 6 July 2021. It aims, among others, to facilitate the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations at every step of the financial system. The initiative will also provide enabling frameworks for the European Green Deal Investment Plan and for the financial system to support a sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
FISMA

Measuring and integrating the value of nature (NCA)

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The Commission is fostering networks of corporates cooperating on natural capital in order to align internationally management accounting principles for natural capital and biodiversity. Through the Transparent Life Project, the Value Balancing Alliance – consisting of international companies and the four largest professional services firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG & PwC) – and the Capitals Coalition – a global collaboration of more than 370 organizations – have joined forces with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop a set of generally accepted environmental accounting principles.

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Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
ENV

Knowledge

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2020

Summary: The Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity was launched in October 2020. It is hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and co-led by ENV, in close cooperation with the European Environment Agency. It is a one-stop shop for key information about biodiversity and the impact of related policies; a platform where progress under the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 can be monitored; and an interface for scientists to network, share research results and channel them more effectively to support EU policies.

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Main Actors:
COM
EEA

Chef de File:
ENV
JRC

Updated on: 2022-04-14


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The Biodiversity Partnership, Biodiversa+, brings together national research and policy/regulatory bodies responsible for biodiversity, to jointly mobilise coherent, transnational research for finding solutions to be implemented across Europe to halt the loss of biodiversity and to bring it back to a path to recovery. This unique partnership is facilitated and co-funded by the European Commission. Its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) has been released in November 2021. The first call of the Biodiversity Partnership on “Supporting biodiversity and ecosystem protection across land and sea” has been launched in 2021.

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Main Actors:
COM
EEA
JRC
MS
REA

Chef de File:
ENV
RTD

Education

Updated on: 2022-04-12


Deadline: 2021

Summary: On 14 January 2022, the Commission published a proposal for a Council Recommendation on learning for environmental sustainability, and a new European sustainability competence framework developed with the Joint Research Centre.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
EAC


EU EXTERNAL ACTION AND AN AMBITIOUS GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY AGENDA

Deforestation, wildlife trafficking, illicit trade

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2021

Summary: The proposal aims to minimise the EU’s contribution to deforestation and forest degradation worldwide and promote the consumption of products from deforestation-free supply chains in the EU.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: 2021-12-16


Deadline: 2021

Summary: On 16 December 2021, the Commission adopted new measures towards effectively banning most forms of EU trade in ivory, as announced in the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. While the EU is not identified as a region of concern regarding illegal ivory trade, the revision of the existing EU rules on ivory trade reaffirms and delivers on the EU’s commitment to take further action against elephant poaching and ivory trafficking globally. This additional step came a day after the Commission adopted a proposal for a new EU Directive to crack down on environmental crime.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV