Destination 1: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Proposals for topics under this destination should set out a credible pathway resulting in the strategic plan having the following impact: "Biodiversity is back on a path to recovery, and ecosystems and their services are preserved and sustainably restored on land, inland water and at sea through improved knowledge and innovation". More specifically, one or more of the following impacts should materialise:

  • Direct drivers of biodiversity decline will be understood and addressed – land and sea use change, natural resource use and exploitation, climate change, pollution, invasive alien species – as well as indirect drivers – demographic, socio-economic, technological, etc.
  • Protected areas and their networks will be planned, managed and expanded and the status of species and habitats will be improved based on up-to-date knowledge and solutions.
  • Biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital will be mainstreamed in the society and economy: e.g. they will be integrated into public and business decision-making; approaches for enabling transformative changes to tackle societal challenges will be built including by deploying nature-based solutions (NBS).
  • Practices in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture will be developed and improved to support and make sustainable the use of biodiversity and a wide range of ecosystems services.
  • Biodiversity research and support policies and processes will be interconnected at EU and global levels, making use of advanced digital technologies and societal engagement where appropriate.
  • The biodiversity and health nexus will be understood, in particular at the level of ecosystems. This will be achieved by using the one-health approach, in the context of climate change and globalisation and by addressing contributions and trade-offs.


Policies and Strategies  Link Link
New EU Forestry Strategy for 2030 pdf  pdf
2030 Soil Strategy pdf pdf
Transforming the EU's Blue Economy for a Sustainable Future pdf  
Biodiversity Strategy for 2030  pdf pdf
EU Action Plan: Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil pdf  
Circular Economy Action Plan  pdf pdf
Forging a climate-resilient Europe - the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change pdf website
Farm to Fork Strategy  pdf  
EU Pollinators Initiative pdf  
Directives and Regulations     
Birds Directive  website  
Habitats Directive  website  
Invasive Alien Species Regulation  website  
Water Framework Directive  website  
Sustainable Use Directive  website  
EU Climate Law Regulation  website  
Other initiatives    
Rescuing Biodiversity to Safeguard Life on Earth  website  
European Partnership for a climate neutral, sustainable and productive Blue Economy (SBEP) website  
European Partnership water security for the planet (Water4All) website  
European R&I partnership on agroecology living labs and research infrastructures website  
European partnership for pandemic preparedness pdf  
European Partnership for One Health/AMR Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) pdf  
Soils Mission Implementation Plan   pdf  
Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 Implementation Plan pdf  
Adaptation to climate change website website
EC Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity website  
Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE) website  
Oppla website