Factsheet: Nature restoration and food security

In this factsheet, WWF EPO, BirdLife, ClientEarth and European Environmental Bureau present the link between nature restoration and food security. Our evidence shows that restoring nature is key to Europe’s long-term food security.

The factsheet answers some of the key questions in the debate about food security and nature restoration:

  • Does the EU face food shortages because of the war in Ukraine?
  • Do biodiversity loss and the climate crisis threaten food security?
  • Does using additional land to plant crops help to avoid food security threats?

Given the potential of ecosystem restoration to tackle the twin biodiversity and climate crises, the EU Nature Restoration Law is the opportunity to take serious climate and biodiversity action. It is also an opportunity to contribute to long-term food security, to the resilience of our food production and to ecosystem resilience more broadly. Restoring and preserving nature can bring many socio-economic benefits on top of bringing down the costs of the twin crises, such as sustainable jobs, recreation opportunities and broader human health benefits. 


Nature Restoration and Food Security:

Why bringing back nature cannot wait


Healthy ecosystems are essential for long-term food security

Healthy ecosystems are essential for long-term food security

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