Session 6.3

Legal approaches to ecosystem restoration

In partnership with the European Environmental Bureau

To reverse biodiversity loss, the new Biodiversity Strategy includes an EU Nature Restoration Plan. One key element of the plan is to strengthen the EU legal framework for nature restoration, and for the European Commission to put forward a proposal for legally binding EU nature restoration targets in 2021 to restore degraded ecosystems.

Given that the new legal instrument proposed in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 will need to cover both a broad range of ecosystems and be specific, concrete and implementable, the attendees of the session will open discussions on the specific restoration targets, measures and approaches that could be put forward.


Stefan Leiner, Head of Biodiversity Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Anna Heslop, Head of Wildlife and Habitats, ClientEarth

Ville Niinistö, Member of the European Parliament

Hendrik Schoukens, post-doctoral assistant, Ghent University

Joana Balsemão, Executive Councillor for Environment and Citizenship, Cascais, Municipality Portugal


Patrick ten Brink, Director of EU Policy, European Environmental Bureau

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