European Habitats Forum

The European Habitats Forum (EHF) represents the voice of the environmental civil society organisations and coordinates communication between them and the European Commission. It provides advice and knowledge on relevant issues to the Commission and is represented in various fora, including the Commission expert group on the Birds and Habitats Directives, the EU Biodiversity Platform and the Nature Directors meetings.

EHF joint documents:

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To ensure the adequate implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 and that Europe continues stepping up its efforts for biodiversity, the EHF seeks to influence EU policy and action through discussion, advocacy and joint initiatives.


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How we work

The EHF work is organised around thematic Working Groups (WG) to allow tackling issues of importance in a more efficient way; there are currently three Working Groups, each led by a coordinator.

  • WG Pollinators
  • WG Protected Areas
  • WG Ecosystem Restoration

The Forum is led by the Coordination Group: Sabien Leemans (WWF EPO) is the Chair, Luna Milatovic (CEEweb) and Barbara Herrero (BirdLife Europe) are the Vice Chairs, and Tommaso Demozzi (IUCN) is in charge of the Secretariat. In its role as facilitator and convenor, IUCN promotes coordinated actions and exchange of information among EHF members.


EHF members:

A Rocha, BatLife Europe, BirdLife International, Buglife-The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation Europe, CEEweb for Biodiversity, ClientEarth, EUROPARC Federation, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Natural Heritage Foundation (Euronatur), Eurosite, Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mammal Conservation Europe (MCE), Reptile Amphibian Conservation Europe (RACE), Rewilding Europe, Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH), Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), The Nature Conservancy Europe (TNC Europe), Wetlands International (WI), WWF European Policy Office (WWF EPO).


Contact: Tommaso Demozzi, Multilateral Policy Officer, IUCN.