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ATNatureza’s contribution to the new EU biodiversity strategy for 2030

 

 Bringing nature back into our lives!!

This is the new EU Biodiversity Strategy as launched on the 20th of May 2020. ATNatureza, working on biodiversity restoration since 2000, feels strongly supported, encouraged and challenged by this new strategy.

The EU shows her ambition to reverse biodiversity loss and lead the world by example and by action, and help agree and adopt a transformative post-2020 global framework. Her ambition is to ensure that by 2050 all of the world’s ecosystems are restored, resilient, and adequately protected.

This strategy is enterprising and incentivising in spirit and action. It reflects the fact that protecting and restoring nature will need active measures and management, rather than regulation alone. It requires action by citizens, businesses, social partners and the research and knowledge community, as well as strong partnerships between local, regional, national and European level.

To put biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030, we Europeans need to step up the protection and restoration of nature. This should be done by improving and widening our network of protected areas and by developing an ambitious EU Nature Restoration Plan. Member States will need to translate the 10% EU target to a lower geographical scale to ensure connectivity among habitats.

To provide more space for wild animals, plants, pollinators and natural pest regulators, there is an urgent need to bring back at least 10% of agricultural area under high-diversity landscape features.

Some years ago, ATNatureza and Rewilding Portugal already formulated their strategy to create a network of spaces for nature in the Côa Valley. In the 1000 ha Faia Brava reserve, society can already experience how this works. The EU commission supports our strategy and we hope that the EU and Portuguese legal framework will support our daily work to convert this strategy into results in the field.

ATNatureza has developed a framework for nature conservation and rewilding, that incorporates the EU headlines of her biodiversity strategy:

ATN framework

We are working on creating a positive cycle: investing in good land management and reforestation, and working with large herbivores, allowing a resilient and living ecosystem to develop. As soon as trees grow higher, the soil recovers and retains more water, better conditions for forest development and ecosystem services such as CO2 sequestration are created. Risks of fires are reduced by management, vigilance and large herbivores. At the same time the landscape becomes more interesting for visitors, who can enjoy grazing wild herds, singing birds in trees, buzzing insects in the meadows and flowing streams.

We work on expanding our reserves and create a resilient ecosystem over the whole Coa Valley reaching a scale where ecosystems are resilient and can support human use; with restored soil life, optimal use of water from rainfall, many indigenous trees and meadows full of flowers and insects. We call it a mosaic landscape. In this way we create optimal conditions for the return of the black vulture, a healthy deer and rabbit population, creating an attractive perspective for the Iberian wolf and Lynx. Step by step the biodiversity will increase.

Please, feel invited to support our dream and contact us for more information.

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