Priority 4: Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry.
Pressures on the environment are still very prevalent. For example, only 17 % of EU habitats and 11 % of ecosystems are considered to be in a ’favourable‘ state, nutrient surpluses persist in some water bodies (despite progress in others), and 45 % of EU soils suffer from problems of quality. These challenges need to be remedied and the positive environmental contributions of farming and forestry should be strengthened.
Areas of Intervention:
Restoring and preserving biodiversity (including in Natura 2000 areas and areas of high nature value farming) and the state of European landscapes.
Improving water management.
Improving soil management.