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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: 2022-05-05


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: Strictly protecting all primary and old-growth forests in the EU requires preparatory work to identify existing definitions and concepts for such forests across the EU, followed by a complete mapping of these areas, stock-taking of existing monitoring measures and future monitoring needs, and a review of evidence on protection regimes and the impact of various activities on these ecosystems. Based on this initial stocktaking, the Commission is working with Member States and stakeholders to develop common definitions and prescribe mapping, monitoring and protection measures for primary and old-growth forests in the EU. Work is ongoing in the Working Group on Forests and Nature, which brings together nature protection and forestry management authorities in the Member States and EU level stakeholders. Member States should urgently engage in completing the mapping and monitoring, and ensuring no deterioration until they start to apply the protection regime.


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: 2022-04-27


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: The Commission is preparing a legislative proposal on binding EU targets to restore degraded ecosystems, in order to improve their condition, resilience and contribution to carbon capture and storage as well as to prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters. The Commission is finalising its Impact Assessment and legislative proposal. The adoption of the proposal by the Commission, which was foreseen on 23 March, had to be postponed due to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. The Commission has been working full speed on reacting to that rapidly developing situation, urgently adopting a series of previously unforeseen measures. The Commission has tentatively re-scheduled the adoption of the proposal for a Nature Restoration Law to 22 June 2022 - the date remains to be confirmed. The Commission will also put forward, in 2022, an EU-wide methodology to map, assess and achieve good condition of ecosystems, and to identify their exposure and vulnerability to climate change so that they can deliver essential ecosystem services.

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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: 2022-01-13


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: The Commission will propose measures to limit, mitigate and compensate soil sealing and scale up related actions. Rehabilitation and recycling of brownfields reduces additional land take and sealing: registering (potentially) polluted sites is key as well as providing sufficient financial support for remediation. Some measures on a sustainable built environment have already been frontloaded in the Recovery and Resilience Facility and in the ‘Renovation Wave for Europe’, and integrated in the new Soil Strategy (2021). The Commission intends to put forward a holistic approach for the built environment in 2022.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
GROW

Win-win solutions for energy generation

Updated on: 2022-01-13


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: The guidance under development by the Commission aims to ensure correct, robust and harmonised implementation of the new forest biomass criteria of Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) throughout the EU.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENER

Greening urban and peri-urban areas

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

Updated on: 2022-04-27


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: The Commission will publish guidance to help cities and municipalities to develop and implement ambitious and meaningful Urban Greening Plans fully integrated into all relevant aspects of the local planning process.


Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV

Updated on: 2022-04-27


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: An online Urban Greening Platform will be set up to provide a coherent point for cities to access information and support in setting up their Urban Greening Plans. It will be integrated with the existing relevant Commission technical tools and urban environment initiatives such as the Green City Accord.


Main Actors:
COM
COR
Covenant of Mayors

Chef de File:
ENV


ENABLING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

Financing for biodiversity

Updated on: 2022-05-05


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2023

Summary: The Commission is preparing a Delegated act with technical screening criteria fulfilling four environmental objectives under the Taxonomy Regulation. It will establish a common classification of economic activities that substantially contribute, among other objectives, to the protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems including forests, wetlands, peatlands, aquatic and marine ecosystems. The preparation of the Environmental delegated act is tentatively planned to take place between May 2022 and May 2023, and will include a stakeholder consultation.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
FISMA


EU EXTERNAL ACTION AND AN AMBITIOUS GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY AGENDA

Deforestation, wildlife trafficking, illicit trade

Updated on: 2022-05-05


Deadline: 2021

Delay: 2022

Summary: The EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking (2016-2020) will be revised in 2022. Open public and expert consultations took place at the end of 2021 and their results will feed into the revised Action Plan. Commission adoption planned for Q2 2022.

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Main Actors:
COM

Chef de File:
ENV