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Why the EU supports biodiversity research and innovation

Biodiversity - the variety of life in the world - is essential for us, but also vital on a genetic and ecosystems level. Nature provides us with food, health and medicines, materials, recreation and wellbeing. A healthy ecosystem filters our air and water, helps keep the climate in balance, converts waste back into resources, pollinates crops and much more. 

Yet we are losing nature like never before because of unsustainable human activities.

The global population of wild species has fallen by 60% over the last 40 years. One million species are at risk of extinction.

The European Green Deal, and its EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, require intensifying research and innovation activities and investments to help put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030. Advances in research and innovation will support achieving policy targets, developing nature-based solutions and holistic approaches to address the main direct and indirect causes of biodiversity loss.

This knowledge will enable us to design the best ways to protect and sustainably restore ecosystems - currently under pressure on several fronts. It will also preserve their capacity to deliver a wide range of essential services on land, inland water and at sea, including solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changing climate.

The EU takes a leading role in research related to international negotiations on a global framework to halt biodiversity loss and supports IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Read about the EU's biodiversity research policy

Funding opportunities

ERA-net cofund bringing together 31 partners from 18 countries to promote pan-European research on biodiversity

The Partnership for rescuing biodiversity to safeguard life on Earth will connect national/local and European research and innovation programmes, combining in-cash and in-kind resources

The EU's funding instrument for environmental and nature conservation projects

Support for international cooperation and development projects on sustainable development and climate change

Projects and results

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking biodiversity research projects funded by the EU.

Collaboration and jobs

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Scientific research publications on biodiversity published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre(JRC)

You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes

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