Nick Webb outlines the European Union's new Biodiversity Plan to “Bring nature back” to the EU within a decade.
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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Union has adopted an ambitious new Biodiversity plan. The new amendment, signed off in May by the European Commission, has an ambitious goal: to “put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030.”
The plan, which aims to “Bring nature back to our lives” says that the recent pandemic is showing how interconnected the planet’s ecosystem is, and thus how important the health of the planet is to our own health. The document plans to place 30% of the EU’s land and 30% of its seas under strict protection, meaning that there will be no human intervention in these areas other than a minimal level of management.
As such, the 10 year plan aims to cut the uses of chemical pesticides in the EU by 50%, improve and widen the network of protected habitats across countries, making the protected areas a coherent network large enough to support significant biodiversity in plant and animal life, and build a “truly coherent Trans-European Nature Network.”
The new strategy aims to restore pre-existing ecosystems which have fallen into disrepair by 2030, and manage them sustainably, as well as encourage farmers to support long-term sustainability.