Session 1.1

The new EU Biodiversity Strategy targets for protected areas

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 includes several ambitious targets for protected areas:

  1. Legally protect a minimum of 30% of the EU’s land area and 30% of the EU’s sea area and integrate ecological corridors, as part of a true Trans-European Nature Network.  
  2. Strictly protect at least a third of the EU’s protected areas, including all remaining EU primary and old-growth forests.  
  3. Effectively manage all protected areas, defining clear conservation objectives and measures, and monitoring them appropriately.

In this session, speakers from different backgrounds will share their perspectives about current challenges and opportunities for reaching these targets, and about the importance of the targets for biodiversity and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The contribution of EU protected area targets to the global targets on biodiversity will also be discussed.