2030 EU Biodiversity Strategy released: European Commission plans green reset for nature, food and farmingJune 11, 2020
On 20 May 2020, the European Commission took steps towards ambitious biodiversity policies and sustainable food and farming policies by publishing roadmaps for the next 10 years that should guide the EU on the path to more resilient and sustainable economies and societies.
The EU Farm to Fork and 2030 Biodiversity Strategies, released as a package, are potential game changers for EU nature, food and farming policies. The strategies propose a wave of essential and long overdue targets on topics such as protected areas, restoration of nature, organic farming and the reduction of agricultural chemicals.
With the support of MAVA over the past years, WWF, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the European Environmental Bureau and Friends of the Earth Europe have been pushing together for a full implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and advocated for an ambitious 2030 Biodiversity Strategy. Many of their key demands (new legislation for large scale nature restoration, a strong push for better implementation of key environmental legislation, increased targets for protected areas, specific targets to reduce pressure from intensive agriculture, etc.) have been included in the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy. In addition, Finance Watch also contributed to making the strategy ambitious by focusing on the financing (‘resource mobilisation’) of the strategy.
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has brought our relationship with the natural world into sharp focus, these strategies have never been more timely.