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European Climate Pact

Green areas

Europe needs more green areas to build resilience against climate threats, as well as threats to our health.

Cities are in particular need of trees because greened urban areas can both absorb greenhouse gas emissions and reduce excessive temperature increase. In rural areas, trees can greatly benefit agriculture and ecotourism.

Trees require long-term care after they are planted. This is why, under the Climate Pact, we are further pledging our support to local communities, organisations and citizens who are committed to new tree-planting and caring initiatives.

What will the Pact do?

  • Support new tree-planting and -caring initiatives, for example through information and visibility
  • Link up with existing resources, networks and platforms
  • Offer local authorities solutions to restore, protect and enlarge green urban areas
  • Provide a forum for dialogue and cooperation between communities, businesses, landowners and local governments

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Did you know?

3 billion
extra trees in Europe
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 aims to increase the quantity of forests and their health and resilience.
of EU land is covered by forests
Europe is one of the most forest-rich regions of the world.
of EU land is protected by the Natura 2000 network
As the world's largest network of protected areas, Natura 2000 offers a haven to Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

European initiatives

LIFE Programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992.

European Green Leaf Award

The European Green Leaf Award is open to all towns and cities across Europe with a population of 20,000 and up to 100,000 inhabitants.

Green City Tool

A self-assessment and benchmarking tool for cities to become greener and more sustainable.

Green City Accord

A European Commission initiative to make cities greener, cleaner and healthier.

Natura 2000

Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world.

Natura 2000 Award

The Natura 2000 Award rewards excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites.

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