The European Commission’s proposal for a Nature Restoration Law is the first continent-wide, comprehensive law of its kind. It is a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, which calls for binding targets to restore degraded ecosystems, in particular those with the most potential to capture and store carbon and to prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters.

Europe’s nature is in alarming decline, with more than 80% of habitats in poor condition. Restoring wetlands, rivers, forests, grasslands, marine ecosystems, and the species they host will help

increase biodiversity

secure the things nature does for free, like cleaning our water and air, pollinating crops, and protecting us from floods

limit global warming to 1.5°C

build up Europe’s resilience and strategic autonomy, preventing natural disasters and reducing risks to food security.


The proposal aims to restore ecosystems, habitats and species across the EU’s land and sea areas in order to

enable the long-term and sustained recovery of biodiverse and resilient nature

contribute to achieving the EU’s climate mitigation and climate adaptation objectives

meet international commitments.