New policy brief: The cost of putting the environment on the backburner

The EU policy reactions to the COVID pandemic, the recent economic downturn and the Russia-Ukraine war have proven once more that, although they remain urgent, our environmental crises remain on the backburner.

In a new Policy Brief, SUPERB researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford and the European Forest Institute explain why erratic and short-term environmental policies, with hard-to-reverse impacts on nature, are irrational from societal and economic points of view.

Read the policy brief “The cost of putting the environment on the backburner“, by Thomas Lundhede, Joseph Bull, Sophus zu Ermgassen, Niels Strange, Qian Liu, Charlotte Süring, Sven Wunder and Bo Jellesmark Thorsen.

Comments on Draft Nature Restoration Law

An awareness of the need to urgently restore healthy, resilient ecosystems underpins a partnership of major EU funded projects: SUPERB, WaterLANDS, REST-COAST, and MERLIN. Addressing the restoration of forests, wetlands, coastlines and freshwaters respectively, the projects have been funded to support the European Green Deal’s aspirations to foster climate resilience and nature recovery across the continent, alongside the aim of becoming net carbon-neutral by 2050. By promoting the widespread and innovative scaling-up of ecosystem restoration across Europe, the partnership offers a significant opportunity to amplify scientists’ voices in the development of the European Nature Restoration Law. In November 2022, all four sister projects jointly analysed the draft text of the proposed law, and summarized their recommendations in a policy brief.

This important contribution was developed during a science-policy workshop hold in Brussels on 25th November 2022, organised by the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission and DG R&I, and attended by the project coordinators and by representatives of EEA, JRC, DG-ENV, DG-AGRI, DG-MARE, DG-REGIO and DG-CLIMA.

The policy brief was submitted to the rapporteur and shadow rapporteurs of the EU Parliament’s Environmental committee in advance of debates on the draft legislation in 2023.