11 Jan 2021
EC launches public consultation on EU nature restoration targets
In the context of the European Green Deal, the European Commission (EC) launched an online public consultation on the development of legally binding EU nature restoration targets. The consultation was launched on 11 January 2021. The EC states that as a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the European Green Deal, restoring Europe's damaged ecosystems will help to increase biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters. The initiative for the development of EU nature restoration targets also aims to improve knowledge and monitoring of ecosystems and their services.
The Commission is also preparing an impact assessment to support the development of EU nature restoration targets, and to assess their potential environmental, social and economic impacts. The earlier roadmap for the development of EU nature restoration targets mapped out policy options for restoration targets to be explored in the impact assessment. On the basis of the impact assessment and taking into account answers received from the public consultation, the Commission will put forward a proposal for legally binding EU nature restoration targets by the end of 2021.
The public consultation will remain open for feedback until 5 April. The launch of the public consultation comes on the day of the One Planet Summit, co-organised by France, the UN and the World Bank, which this year focuses on biodiversity.
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