Nature restoration

The nature restoration law will aim to restore natural sites, like peatland, which releases CO2 into the atmosphere when they are drained for farming [Maksim Safaniuk / Shutterstock]

The European Commission plans to propose a nature restoration law this summer with the aim of reversing the drastic decline of biodiversity in Europe. In this special report, EURACTIV gives a preview of what the new law might contain.

In 2021, only 15% of habitats had a good conservation status, and 81% had poor or bad conservation status, EU figures show. The European Commission wants to reverse that trend with legally-binding nature restoration targets applicable at national level.

Still, the agriculture sector warns against overstepping and wants realistic targets, while environmental groups call for ambitious changes to land use that make tangible improvements.

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