Restoring EU ecosystems: recommendations for the successful implementation of the proposed EU Nature Restoration Law
As the current European Commission crosses the halfway point of its mandate, the European Green Deal Barometer shows that sustainability experts are losing confidence in the ability of the EU institutions to implement the Green Deal by 2024 and reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030. The European Parliament and Council are trying to reach agreement on a multitude of proposals, translating the Green Deal into a concrete set of laws. As time passes, however, sustainability experts think that the progress
made on each of the thematic areas of the Green Deal backtracks on what the science requires.
With nature restoration law, the EU has the opportunity to align with and contribute to global commitments, as well as to pave the way for achieving a synergistic approach to restoration.
This paper highlights the importance of adopting an ambitious EU nature restoration law – given the manifold benefits of restoration to nature, people, and the economy – and discusses what is needed to ensure that the restoration targets are achieved by Member States. It formulates a series of recommendations for Member States and the EU institutions to facilitate the successful implementation of the upcoming law.
This brief was realised in the framework of the Think Sustainable Europe network by and co-authored by:
Laura Baroni, IEEP
Giulia Costa Domingo, IEEP
Gabrielle Aubert, IEEP
Evelyn Underwood, IEEP
Ioli Christopoulou, The Green Tank
Sandra Naumann, Ecologic Institute
Juliette Landry, IDDRI