Cities react to the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030

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29-06-2020

The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 is an ambitious, long-term plan for protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems. It aims to put Europe's biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030 with benefits for people, the climate and the planet.

 

The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 is an ambitious, long-term plan for protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems. It aims to put Europe's biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030 with benefits for people, the climate and the planet.

In the post-COVID context, the Biodiversity Strategy aims to build our societies’ resilience to future threats such as climate change impacts, forest fires, food insecurity or disease outbreaks, including by protecting wildlife and fighting illegal wildlife trade.

But what does it mean for cities?

In a stark comparison to the previous EU Biodiversity Strategy, cities are finally being recognised for the central role they play in safeguarding and enhancing biodiversity, and in providing green and blue corridors between larger areas of protected land.

Cities with a population above 20,000 citizens are called upon to develop Urban Greening Plans including measures to create biodiverse and green urban forests, parks and gardens; urban farms; green roofs and walls; tree-lined streets; urban meadows; and urban hedges. They should also eliminate the use of pesticides and improve connections between green spaces.

Following our discussions in June, EUROCITIES has drafted a reaction to this strategy, available below (after log-in). Additional comments are welcome! Please submit these to heather.brooks@eurocities.eu before CoB Tuesday 7 July.