In a new strategy document, the European Commission says it now aims to protect 30% of the region’s land and oceans, based on science that suggests that amount is necessary to preserve biodiversity.
But it’s only one part of what I think is a comprehensive biodiversity strategy for Europe.”
Tree planting and reforestation will also be essential in Europe as areas heat up—this will be a strategy not just for biodiversity but in helping cities stay cooler.”
“So there is hope that some areas of Europe that have been devoid of significant biodiversity, with some major restoration work, can see a new abundance of wildlife—of birds, of insects, of mammals—that will help make it a much healthier system in terms of its natural biodiversity.”
The next step, he says, is for Europe to create a formal strategy and each country to make plans for where restoration and protection of natural areas will happen.