The world is facing unprecedented challenges, from the climate crisis to the loss of biodiversity, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Nature restoration is one of the most effective ways to address these challenges and build resilience for the future. It means repairing ecosystems, protecting and restoring habitats, and conserving wildlife. It also means fighting climate change by sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The EU Nature Restoration Law proposal is a unique opportunity to make this happen. It proposes to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030 and repair all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. This is an ambitious goal, but it is necessary to bring nature back to Europe and build Europe’s resilience.
The EU Nature Restoration Law can make a real difference in restoring nature, fighting climate change, and improving our well-being. Here are some of the benefits of nature restoration:
- It helps biodiversity: Bringing back local flora and fauna is essential to restoring ecosystems and protecting wildlife. Restored habitats can also provide new opportunities for biodiversity to thrive, including rare and endangered species.
- It tackles the climate crisis: Natural habitats store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By restoring wetlands, forests, and other ecosystems, we can sequester carbon and help mitigate climate change.
- It protects us from natural disasters: Forests and wetlands reduce flooding and help prevent landslides. Restoring these ecosystems can provide natural protection against natural disasters, protecting communities and infrastructure.
- It improves our health: Access to nature benefits our well-being. Spending time in green spaces has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Restoring natural habitats can provide more opportunities for people to connect with nature and improve their mental and physical health.
- It boosts the local economy by strengthening food provision and sustainable practices. Restoring natural habitats can provide new opportunities for sustainable agriculture, fishing, and tourism. It can also create new jobs and stimulate local economies.
Join the #RestoreNature Campaign
The #RestoreNature campaign is calling on citizens across the EU to join forces and put pressure on national ministers and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to adopt a strong EU Nature Restoration Law. By using the online email tool provided by the campaign, supporters can easily send emails to decision-makers, urging them to support a strong legislation to protect and restore EU ecosystems.
The campaign has already made progress, with the European Commission publishing the proposal for the EU Nature Restoration Law in June 2022. However, the proposal now needs to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council as part of the co-decision process.
Nature restoration is possible, and we all have a role to play in making it happen. Join the #RestoreNature campaign today and be part of the change!
MedWet and 206 organisations are calling to #RestoreNature before it’s too late.
Read our statement here: https://bit.ly/3JWw45c