EPPA Working Group
Category: Nature

Nature in its complexity is addressing the priority issues of nature protection and implementation of Biodiversity Strategy 2020. The EU Biodiversity Strategy aims to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU and help stop global biodiversity loss by 2020.


The EU Biodiversity Strategy sets 6 targets most of which are reflected in the project’s activities.

  • Protect species and habitats – Target 1: By 2020, the assessments of species and habitats protected by EU nature law show better conservation or a secure status for 100 % more habitats and 50 % more species.
  • Maintain and restore ecosystems – Target 2: By 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15 % of degraded ecosystems.
  • Achieve more sustainable agriculture and forestry – Target 3: By 2020, the conservation of species and habitats depending on or affected by agriculture and forestry, and the provision of their ecosystem services show measurable improvements
  • Make fishing more sustainable and seas healthier – Target 4: By 2015, fishing is sustainable. By 2020, fish stocks are healthy and European seas healthier. Fishing has no significant adverse impacts on species and ecosystems.
  • Combat invasive alien species – Target 5: By 2020, invasive alien species are identified, priority species controlled or eradicated, and pathways managed to prevent new invasive species from disrupting European biodiversity.
  • Help stop the loss of global biodiversity – Target 6: By 2020, the EU has stepped up its contribution to avert global biodiversity loss.

The nature component has been divided to three sub-components. For each of the subcomponents, project team will form separate Working Sub-Group (WSG) that will involve different participants from the beneficiary public administration. The following sub-components and WSG are envisaged:

  • EU Strategies, including the Macro-Regional Strategies implemented through EU Strategies WSG
  • Combating illegal logging and related trade implemented through Illegal logging WSG
  • Managing wildlife trade in the region implemented through Wildlife trade WSG.

Nature Working Sub-Groups:

EU Strategies

One of the main objectives of the EU strategies is to organise cooperation between countries or territories by mobilising local and regional actors to align policies and funding and to identify common issues, solutions and actions.

Read more about EU Strategies

Illegal logging

Implementation of the activities of Wildlife Trade Sub-Group foreseen under EPPA will contribute to strengthening of regional cooperation for combating illegal logging and related trade.

Read more about Illegal logging


TAIEX EPPA Regional Workshop on strengthening the capacity of the national authorities in EU nature conservation legislation and biodiversity assessment of infrastructure projects


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