Call for practical restoration evidence for new EU study on ecosystem restoration
In the past, restoration of ecosystems was often considered to belong exclusively to the domain of nature conservation. The truth is that in practice numerous sectors are involved in enhancing the structure and function of degraded ecosystems, thus delivering ecosystem restoration, even if they do it for different reasons. It is precisely this kind of information – the amount of restoration action and the motivation for doing it – that we are interested in!
Our study aims to give the Commission a better understanding of what is happening in relation to restoration activities in different Member States, sectors, and habitats across the EU. This online survey is a part of the data-gathering effort for the study, and evidence on the contribution of different sectors to the European restoration action is critical to us.
The EU Biodiversity Strategy Target 2 foresees that restoration of 15% of degraded ecosystems will play a significant role in the achievement of the headline target of stopping biodiversity loss by 2020. The study Technical support in relation to the promotion of restoration in the context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, reporting to DG Environment of the European Commission, will assist Member States in achieving their restoration targets.
If you are an expert directly involved in restoration actions, or if you have information about restoration actions within your sector or other work, we would very much appreciate it if you would share your information with us, preferably before 15 April.