January 21
2021
Anjum Shabbir
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11th January 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Institutional law

EU biodiversity targets: public consultation launched by Commission

In the context of the serious decline of biodiversity due to human-driven land- and sea use, the overexploitation of biological resources, pollution, natural and man-made disaster risks, and climate change, the European Commission has launched an online public consultation to provide it with feedback on the setting of legally binding EU biodiversity targets. The public consultation will remain open for feedback until 5 April 2021.

This takes place under its overarching environmental protection policy goals – specifically the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the European Green Deal.

It has expressed its intention to also produce an impact assessment to support the development of targets to protect nature and biodiversity, looking in particular at their potential impact.

Taking into account the results of the consultation and impact assessment, the Commission will make a proposal for a legally binding EU measure containing targets – anticipated at the end of 2021.

The Commission will also be drawing on lessons learnt from the evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 in the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

For more information, read the Commission’s announcement here.

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