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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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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: 2022

Summary: The Commission will provide methodological guidance on the mapping and monitoring of restoration and ecosystem condition and services, in support of the EU Nature Restoration Law (see action 10). It will support the monitoring of progress in restoring ecosystems, the achievement and maintenance of a healthy state, and the provision of ecosystem services that are essential for human well-being. Provisions for this work may be integrated into the legislative proposal for ecosystem restoration. The methodological guidance is envisaged for completion by the end of 2022.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Bringing nature back to agricultural land

Target 5 - The decline of pollinators is reversed.

Updated on: 2021-12-14


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The Commission is undertaking comprehensive stakeholder consultations to collect views, suggestions and expert inputs with a view to revise the EU Pollinators Initiative in 2022.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
AGRI
ENV
SANTE

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

Updated on: 2022-04-05


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The Commission has commenced an evaluation of the sustainable use of pesticides directive and an impact assessment of its possible future revision. This work will be carried out in line with the Commission's guidance on Better Regulation. A legislative proposal is planned for the second quarter of 2022.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
SANTE

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: 2022-05-05


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The Commission has provided country-specific recommendations, and it has engaged in a structured dialogue with the Member States to ensure that their national CAP strategic plans are fully compliant with the EU objectives and that they set explicit national values for the relevant targets of the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies to be supported by CAP instruments (as well as other relevant EU instruments).

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
AGRI

Updated on: 2021-12-08


Deadline: 2022

Summary: Adoption in 2022 of rules to facilitate the registration of varieties suitable for organic production.


Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
SANTE

Updated on: 2021-12-08


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The Commission will present by the end of 2022 a legislative proposal for the revision of the EU legislation for the marketing of plant reproductive material, accompanied by an impact assessment. The Commission will consider how to best improve the rules for the marketing for traditional crop varieties within the revision of the plant and forest reproductive material legislation.

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Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
SANTE

Forest quantity, health and resilience

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

Updated on: 2022-05-05


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The Commission is developing guidelines to ensure that afforestation and reforestation measures in the Member States support biodiversity and promote closer-to-nature forestry practices. The EU Forest Strategy, adopted in July 2021, set a deadline for the adoption of the guidelines in 2022.


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: 2022

Summary: The Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan will aim to: (i) ensure more sustainable application of nutrients, (ii) stimulate markets for recovered nutrients, (iii) address nutrient pollution at source, and (iv) increase the sustainability of the livestock sector. The plan will support the implementation and enforcement of the relevant environmental and climate legislation, by identifying with the Member States the nutrient load reductions needed to achieve these goals, by applying balanced fertilisation and sustainable nutrient management and by managing nitrogen and phosphorus better throughout their lifecycle.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

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.

Updated on: 2022-04-13


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The initiative will link the implementation of the common fisheries policy with environmental legislation and policy, notably the Birds, Habitats and the Marine Strategy Framework Directives and set out actions to protect and restore fisheries resources and marine ecosystems. It will complement the report on the implementation of the 2019 Technical Measures Regulation (TMR), which showed that some Member States have used the regionalised approach to introduce additional fisheries measures to protect sensitive species and habitats at the national and regional level. The action plan will be an important step alongside other measures such as the extension and effective management of marine protected areas and the adoption of legally binding restoration targets.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV
MARE

Updated on: 2022-05-16


Deadline: 2022

Summary: Maritime Spatial Plans under the MSP Directive need to take into account land-sea interactions and apply an ecosystem-based management approach to reduce the adverse impacts of fishing, extraction and other human activities on species and habitats. This is of high importance for sea basins with legal instruments in place, like the Mediterranean (ICZM Protocol). Maritime spatial plans need to be consistent with the marine strategies that Member States have prepared under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive to ensure that the legal obligations are achieved. The Commission will publish a report in 2022.

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Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
MARE

Updated on: None


Deadline: 2022

Summary: Threshold values for seabed habitats define the quality to be achieved and the maximum extent of habitat loss and adverse effect. Such values are to be defined and achieved at EU level in accordance with Commission Decision (EU) 2017/848. These thresholds are being developed by the Technical Group on Seabed within the MSFD CIS process.


Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: None


Deadline: 2022

Summary: This action is about providing financial support for the transition to more selective gear and less damaging fishing techniques through the actions supported by the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) Programmes. The Commission will ensure that the EMFAF contributes to the achievement of the overall environment, climate and biodiversity targets established in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 through a series of actions, including the promotion of sustainable, low-impact and low-carbon fishing activities.


Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
MARE


ENABLING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

Financing for biodiversity

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The EU level framework of measures will build on the national Prioritised Action Frameworks. It will be essential for the maintenance or re-establishment at a favourable conservation status of habitats and species and corresponding EU co-financing needs, as required by Art. 8 of the Habitats Directive.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: 2021-12-14


Deadline: 2022

Summary: This pledge will be implemented through the development of financial and advisory products for natural capital under InvestEU, building upon the lessons learned from the EU Natural Capital Financing Facility. It will cover biodiversity as well as circular economy. An additional technical assistance/advisory component will be provided by LIFE (50 million €) to support this action, as well as active dialogue with EIB.

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Main Actors:
COM
CINEA
EIB

Chef de File:
ECFIN
ENV

Updated on: 2021-12-10


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The implementation of this action will operationalise the 'do no harm' principle under the Multiannual Financial Framework and NextGeneration EU. Biodiversity was addressed in the Commission checklist developed in the context of the evaluation of the national Recovery and Resilience Plans, as well as in the sustainability proofing guidelines developed in the context of InvestEU. Biodiversity will be integrated in upcoming work on operationalizing the ‘do no harm’ principle across other EU funds and programmes.


Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
AGRI
BUDG
ECFIN
ENV
INTPA
MARE
REGIO

Measuring and integrating the value of nature (NCA)

Updated on: 2021-12-13


Deadline: 2022

Summary: This action includes the revision of the current EU GPP criteria for office buildings, aligning the criteria with Level(s), the recently published EU framework for sustainable buildings, and assessment of the possibility to expand the scope beyond office buildings only.

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Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
ENV

Knowledge

Updated on: 2022-04-19


Deadline: 2022

Summary: Horizon Europe, amongst others, aims in contributing in the effort in halting biodiversity decline and restoring ecosystems by focusing on: (i) understanding & addressing biodiversity decline, (ii) assessing, valuing and restoring ecosystems and natural capital, (iii) nature-based solutions, (iv) transformative change, (v) connecting research for better policies, (vi) biodiversity and human health. Under Horizon Europe, the Commission is working to establish a long-term strategic research agenda for biodiversity and a science policy mechanism for research-based options for ratcheting up the implementation of biodiversity commitments (‘Science Service’). The Work Programme of Horizon Europe 2021-22, Cluster 6 Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, Destination “Biodiversity”, includes 34 topics specifically targeting biodiversity protection and restoration. The Green Deal Missions on Oceans, Climate Adaptation, Soil and Cities that have been established will also significantly contribute to filling knowledge gaps and finding solutions to improve the health of ecosystems.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
RTD


EU EXTERNAL ACTION AND AN AMBITIOUS GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY AGENDA

Raising the level of ambition and commitment worldwide

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2022

Summary: Due to the covid19 pandemic, CBD COP15 has been delayed and is expected to take place earliest in June-July 2022. The framework is to ensure transformative action by all countries and all stakeholders and throughout the UN System so as to achieve the 2050 Vision of 'living in harmony with nature' and a 2030 Mission to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. It should address the three objectives of the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD): the conservation of biological diversity; the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources). The targets should address the direct and indirect drivers of biodiversity loss. Provisions on domestic and international biodiversity financing will be critical. The process should foster strong political support for the agreed text and the monitoring and review mechanism should be a basis for lasting political commitment.


Main Actors:
COM
EEA
JRC
MS

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: 2021-12-10


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The High-Ambition Coalition for Nature and People aims at protecting 30% of land and seas, fostering nature-based solutions (NBS) and, more generally, an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The Commission launched a Coalition of Botanical Gardens, Zoos, Aquaria and Research Centres for mobilising massive citizens’ support across the globe.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

International Ocean Governance

Updated on: 2022-04-05


Deadline: 2022

Summary: Covering nearly two-thirds of the world’s oceans and about 95% of their volume, areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) comprise the high seas (water column) and the subjacent international seabed (the Area). These areas contain a rich biodiversity of both ecological and socioeconomic importance. However, this biodiversity is under mounting pressure, including from overexploitation, pollution, the impacts of climate change, and the spread of invasive species. The increasing demand for marine resources in the coming decades – for food, minerals or biotechnology – risks further exacerbating this problem. Faced with these challenges and following over a decade of preparatory work, an overwhelming majority of States in the United Nations agreed in 2017 on the need for a new legally binding instrument under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The envisioned international agreement would further implement existing principles in UNCLOS in order to achieve a more holistic management of high seas activities, which should better balance the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. These principles include the obligation of cooperation, the science-based approach to the conservation and management of marine resources, the duty to protect and preserve the marine environment, and the duty to undertake prior impact assessment of activities. This agreement should cover four areas: 1) marine genetic resources and the sharing of benefit; 2) area based management tools, including marine protected areas; 3) environmental impact assessments; and 4) capacity building and the transfer of marine technology. It would also further support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 14 (“Life Below Water”). The ongoing negotiations also offer perspectives with regard to establishing procedures for identifying and managing marine protected areas in the high seas. The EU and its Member States have been engaged in this process since its beginning . They have launched a High Ambition Coalition in February 2022, at the One Ocean Summit, to enhance momentum and mobilize countries in support of achieving an ambitious and inclusive agreement the soonest. The Intergovernmental Conference hold its fourth session in March 2022, after two years of COVID interruption. Progress has been achieved that suggests that an agreement is still possible in 2022. Consequently, efforts are made to convene a fifth session of the Intergovernmental Conference in August 2022 with a view to achieve the negotiations.


Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
MARE

Updated on: 2022-04-06


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The EU and its Member States have submitted two MPA proposals to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), one in East Antarctica (since 2012) and another in the Weddell Sea (since 2016). Although both proposals are based on best available science, they have never managed to reach consensus due to continued opposition from two CCAMLR Members. The two MPA proposals are also co-sponsored by the United States, New Zealand, South Korea, India, Ukraine, Australia, Uruguay, Norway and the United Kingdom. A third proposal, from Chile and Argentina, proposes to create a MPA in the Antarctic Peninsula.


Main Actors:
COM
MS

Chef de File:
MARE

Updated on: 2022-04-26


Deadline: 2022

Summary: In international negotiations, the EU should advocate that marine minerals in the international seabed area cannot be exploited before the effects of deep-sea mining on the marine environment, biodiversity and human activities have been sufficiently researched, the risks are understood and the technologies and operational practices are able to demonstrate no serious harm to the environment, in line with the precautionary principle and taking into account the call of the European Parliament. However, the role of the European Commission at the Council meetings of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) so far has been limited to its capacity of observer. A mapping of EU competences in the draft mining code shows that the EU can claim competence on the parts of the regulations dealing with the protection of the marine environment.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
MARE

Trade policy

Updated on: 2022-01-13


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The EU’s objective is to reach an agreement that is effective in prohibiting harmful subsidies. The EU also aims to build upon the fisheries framework in the international law of the sea instruments. These negotiations are a direct implementation of the United Nations SDG 14.6 and thus support the EU’s objective that trade policy support wider values such as the stewardship of the environment.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
TRADE

Deforestation, wildlife trafficking, illicit trade

Updated on: 2021-12-09


Deadline: 2022

Summary: The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy. This action aims at equipping OLAF with coordinating and investigative capacities to work with Member States and non-EU countries to prevent illicit trade and the entry of illicit products into the Single Market.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
OLAF