A publication launched today by WWF brings this to life through a collection of real-world examples. These stories will be given the spotlight later today at a high-level virtual event joined by Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. WWF urges the European Commission to increase the positive impacts of nature by rapidly setting concrete binding restoration targets.
Human activities have already significantly altered the natural world, causing catastrophic biodiversity loss and dangerous levels of climate change. Furthermore, the outbreak of Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus just how much human health and well-being and the health of our planet are inextricably linked. Nature restoration can be a key tool to address environmental degradation and to improve people’s livelihoods.
“Europe’s nature and climate need a lifeline. One key part of that must be nature restoration, carried out with the involvement and support of local communities. The EU Commission must propose a target of at least 15% of land and sea to be restored by 2030, to tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change and to reinvigorate Europe’s societies and economies,” said Ester Asin, Director at WWF European Policy Office.