Restoration of protected areas

At least one fifth of all Natura 2000 protected forests need to be restored

Restoring and maintaining biodiversity and carbon-rich forest habitats can make a significant contribution to climate change mitigation. It is therefore a major focus in the new EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030.

Percentage of Annex I habitat areas to be improved per habitat group



  • Tree restoration potential in the European Union (67 Mbyte)
    One of the actions of the EU Green Deal is to restore biodiversity, a key nature-based solution to mitigate the negative impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. The study is the first quantitative assessment based on European datasets on Europe’s capacity to restore its ecosystems through tree restoration.The study reveals that an extra 59 M hectares of land could be covered by trees wi- thin EU, when looking only at the biophysical potential of EU outside Natura 2000 sites.
  • Natura 2000 Network Viewer
  • Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES). This is a analytical framework that includes common typologies of ecosystems for mapping and a typology of ecosystem services for accounting.
  • European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN) is an international cooperation programme that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe as an integral part of sustainable forest management.
  • IUCN - Presentation of a forest landscape restoration (FLR) methodology to bring back ecosystem functions in degraded forest landscapes.