The proposed EU Nature Restoration Law: what role for cities and regions?

This policy brief takes a fresh look at the implications of the European Commission’s proposed Nature Restoration Law for cities, regions and local actors. The first of its kind, this paper looks at what the Law holds in store for these governments and authorities – actors on the front lines of the global climate and biodiversity crises. With no time to waste, cities need to know what actions to take to successfully fulfil urban greening targets. In addition to guidance for targeted actions, the brief focuses on governance, policy coherence, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and of course financing – levers that can and must be deployed if the Nature Restoration Law is to be a success.