Launched in December 2019, the European Green Deal (EGD) represents a unique opportunity for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent and put nature on track to recovery. The EGD focus on trasitioning from a linear to a circular economic model within a restored and climate-resilient environment. It's known that Europe is living through mutiple crises and rapid changes that include COVID pandemic, war on the continent, food and energy uncertainty tied to a cost of living crisis and all these challenges accentuate the urgency of accelerating the green transition in Europe.
Until now, climate, ecological, agricultural, energy, socioeconomic and health challenges have typically been tackled in silos, with holistic approaches to managing them being far from straight forward. Yet, to effectively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, meet the 1.5°C Paris Agreement and the EU’s Nationally Determined Contributions targets of 55% by 2030, whilst curbing and reversing the loss of Europe’s biodiversity and soil degradation, integrated and systemic action is essential. It is only through a holistic approach that we can secure sustainable, climate-resilient and regenerative natural systems that concurrently address the complex environmental, social and economic challenges we face.
To discuss the subject in the depth it deserves, access the study "Recommendations on delivering the european green deal through landscape restoration: inspiratonal, social, natural and financial returns". The document was written by several of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). The content is avaible for download below.