The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 works in close conjunction with the EU Forest Strategy for 2030 to manage major pressures on forests, increase forest protection (including all primary and old-growth forests), restore forests (including planting at least 3 billion trees), and putting sustainable forest management plans in place (including for all publicly-owned forests).

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 aims to put Europe's biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030. It foregrounds the role of protecting and restoring forest ecosystems for the benefit of people, climate and the planet, and provides for specific actions and commitments around protecting forests, increasing the quantity of forests, and improving forest health and resilience. The policy links strongly to the EU Forest Strategy for 2030.

  • Protection commitments include protecting all remaining EU primary and old growth forests, and further protection to build a tryly coherent Trans-European Nature Network
  • Increasing the quantity of forests and improving forest health and resilience are actions that are viewed to drive a joint agenda for achieving both biodiversity targets and climate neutrality.
  • All public forests and an increased number of private forests should have management plans that include biodiversity-friendly afforestation and reforestation and closer-to-nature-forestry practices.

Further development of the Forest Information System for Europe will enable up-to-date assessments of the condition of European forests and links to other European and global forest-web-platforms.