How can we secure a healthy, sustainable future for nature and people? What do we have to do when? To find out, we must first understand how nature is doing.
On October 19th, the European Environment Agency (EEA) will publish its second report “The State of Nature in the EU” in cooperation with the European Topic Center for Biodiversity (ETC-BD) and BirdLife International. This comprehensive report provides valuable insight into the status and trends of habitats and species across the EU, including the threats to which they are exposed and the activities currently being carried out to conserve them.
In line with this launch, the European Commission will publish another report summarizing the results of the European Environment Agency’s analyzes, based on reports from all 27 EU Member States and the UK, and policy conclusions for the European Council and the European Parliament pull.
The report on the state of nature is a major collaborative effort: over 200,000 people across the EU, around 60% of whom are volunteers, have been involved in the collection and processing of data. Research institutes, species experts, governmental and non-governmental organizations have forwarded their contributions to the national authorities, who then officially submitted the information to the European Commission. A significant part of the data comes from established systems for monitoring the environment. These programs for birds include the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS), which gathers information on 170 widely distributed breeding bird species in Europe, or the International Waterbird Census (IWC), which monitors the overwintering populations of wet birds.
Citizen Science also contributed to the data collected, and the role each of us plays in observing, recording, and understanding changes in the environment is becoming increasingly important as nature desperately needs our quick and shrewd action to keep its present reverse rapid loss.
The new report on the state of nature is thus a milestone publication that will be used in the coming years to learn from the successes and shortcomings of nature conservation in the EU and to set new, more ambitious goals for the next decade. As announced in the EU Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for 2030. The report will be published during the EU Green Week to encourage a fresh start for people and nature.