New project to promote ecosystem restoration
The kick-off meeting of a 15-month project aimed at promoting ecosystem restoration in the context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 took place in Brussels on 13 January 2016. ECNC is a member of the project team, led by eftec (UK); the other members are CEEweb for Biodiversity (Hungary), Enetjärn Natur AB (Sweden), and the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 foresees (Target 2) that the restoration of 15% of degraded ecosystems will play a significant role in the achievement of the headline target of stopping biodiversity loss and conserving and enhancing ecosystems and their associated ecosystem services.
Restoration actions are also essential if the EU and the individual Member States are to fulfil their international commitments. Action 6a of the EU Biodiversity Strategy foresees that the Member States, with the assistance of the European Commission, shall, by 2014, develop Restoration Prioritization Frameworks (RPFs) at national and subnational levels.
This project will enable the Commission to get a better understanding of what is happening in relation to restoration activities and in particular the potential of restoration activities to contribute to economic growth and employment. To achieve this, this project will:
- identify and describe the different types of restoration activities and the stakeholder groups associated with them;
- assess the current contribution of restoration actions to sustainable and socially cohesive economic growth and employment;
- identify constraints to the development of the restoration sector;
- provide an overview of what the EU is currently doing to support restoration and what could be done in the future;
- organize a workshop to discuss the preliminary findings with the relevant stakeholders;
- provide conclusions and recommendations in relation to these topics.
The project is funded by the European Commission, DG Environment and Climate Action.