When you register for the fully virtual EU Green Week this year, you can also visit the fully virtual exhibition.
You can ask questions, download documents, check out video clips, and talk to the exhibitors.
Here is a list of the exhibitors that will be available and a small glimpse of two of the exhibitions that will be available Flags for Nature exhibition and Oceana exhibition.

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf Awards

More and more of European cities are committed to becoming sustainability leaders. The European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards are initiatives of the European Commission to promote and reward cities that are genuinely committed to raising standards in improving their urban environment.


EEA – Europe’s biodiversity knowledge hub

The EEA provides sound, independent information on the environment for those developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and the general public. In collaboration with the European Environmental Information and Observation Network and its 32 member countries, the EEA gathers data and produces assessments on a wide range of environmental topics.




The European Space Programme contains various field of activities, sveral aiming to sustainable growth and environmental monitoring

European Solidarity Corps - DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

The European Solidarity Corps creates opportunities for young people to volunteer, train or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.


Cement sector's contribution to Nature Conservation

CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association is the representative organization of the cement industry in Europe, acting as spokesperson before the EU institutions and other authorities.


UEPG – The European Aggregates Association

UEPG (European Aggregates Association) represents the largest non-energy extractive industry in Europe. Aggregates are sand, gravel, crushed rock, marine, recycled and manufactured aggregates used to build Europe’s essential infrastructure.


Joint Research Centre - Science & Policy

The Joint Research Center is the Commission's science and knowledge service. It employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.


Local partnerships for nature

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 178,780 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.


EU LIFE Programme CommTeam

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages several EU programmes on behalf of the European Commission, and notably since 2014 the LIFE programme. This has, amongst others, significantly contributed to the implementation of the EU’s directives on birds and habitats, the EU’s biodiversity strategy and the development and management of the Natura 2000 network.


European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

EAZA is world’s largest regional zoo and aquarium association, with over 400 Member institutions in 48 countries who receive 140 million visits every year. We facilitate Members’ cooperation towards the goals of education, research and conservation, centred around the animals in our Members’ care.


ISPRA - Italian Environment Agency

ISPRA is the Italian environmental protection agency and, since 2017, also coordinates the National System for Environmental Protection (SNPA). With a workforce of over 10,000 the SNPA is the EU largest environmental protection body. Our goal is to protect the environment through monitoring, evaluation, control, inspection, management and dissemination of information.


Food Sector & Biodiversity

Global Nature Fund and Lake Constance Foundation are nature conservation organisations jointly promoting effective criteria, tools and measures to improve the biodiversity performance in the food sector. Both are partners in the LIFE Food & Biodiversity Project and the LIFE project on Insect responsible sourcing regions (IRSR).


Birds and Bees on Europe’s Farmland

The NSR Interreg projcets PARTRIDGE and BEESPOKE demonstrate workable solutions on how to reverse the ongoing decline of farmland biodiversity across the North Sea region and across the EU more widely. In doing so, both projects provide practical cross-border solutions to help inform future agri-enironmental Schemes for a Greener Europe.



Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award® is a non-profit international accreditation program that recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces. Originating in England in 1996, the Award is now open to applications from any country in the world. Today over 2,000 places in over 15 countries fly the flag in celebration.


Interreg 30 years

Building on 30 years of experience, Interreg cooperation in all its shapes is crucial to jointly address common solutions for shared environmental challenges among region and countries as nature, plants and animals know no borders.


Pollinator Ambassadors & GYBN Europe+

"Pollinator Ambassadors (PA) is empowering pollinators, projects and people through naturebased business consulting and capacity-building.
PA is a member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) Europe+, the European regional chapter of GYBN, connecting youth interested in resolving the biodiversity crisis."



Francis Pirotta Creative Art Prize – 2019-2020 – Flags for Nature

Through this art competition, parents and teachers of the Nursery and Primary sections of the European School in Uccle, Belgium, remember a former student of the school who died tragically in the spring of 2018. Francis Pirotta, a Maltese-Latvian 6-year old boy, loved drawing. This edition of the Francis Pirotta Creative Art Prize was dedicated to the theme “Flags For Nature”. The theme merged Francis’ interest for drawing flags, as well as the school theme for the year, which happened to be nature. During the preparation process, the classes had internal discussions about what message they wanted to express with their flag to tell people about nature. This year’s competition therefore combined young artistic talent with nature literacy – a fitting tribute to the close of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and an aspirational message of hope for protecting our biodiversity over the coming decade.

The winning classes were

Younger pupils: MATEN (Nursery – English)

Older pupils: P4ENA (Primary 4 – English) and P5MT (Primary 5 – Maltese)

The flags on display were the ones entered for the competition. The winning flags have a gold frame. Please see these flags through the eyes of a nursery or primary school child.

The competition is co-financed by the APEEE (Association des Parents d’Elèves de l’Ecole Européenne).


Introduction as a video message:



It is important to reconnect with Nature, particularly in challenging times like these, and re-discover its beauty and power. We are gaining more understanding about the importance of ocean protection and namely the role of Marine Protected Areas or MPAs which provide multiple benefits beyond just for biodiversity conservation. For instance, they produce vital ecosystem services, like food in the form of fish and seafood, they support fishers and boost tourism, they regulate climate and protect our coasts against erosion and sea level rise.

For MPAs to work best, they need to be ‘Strictly protected‘, that is to say completely free from destructive human activities, like oil and gas extraction and bottom trawling fishing .This is the case of ‘Marine Reserves’, which act as ‘Super’ MPAs in that the fish in them can multiply up to 6 times more compared to unprotected waters. And because they are undisturbed refuges, they support more complex ecosystems, more resilient to climate change. Yet currently Europe has very few of these Super Marine Protected Areas, in fact they make up less than 1% of all its MPAs!  

Join us on a journey of amazing underwater images taken from European MPAs and Super MPAs and be captivated by the incredible and surprising variety of species and habitats we, at Oceana in Europe, have come across in our 15 years of at-sea expeditions.

Images and captions:

School of damselfish (Chromis chromis) on (Posidonia oceanica) seagrass bed. Punta Gavina, Es Freus Marine Reserve, Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain. September 2007.

Adult damselfish are brown in colour, but juvenile ones are bright blue. Parents aggressively defend their nests and territory.  Damselfish transfer large amounts of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus from pelagic zones to the rocky littoral bottoms.

Seagrass meadows are so-called ‘blue carbon habitats’ because they store CO2 and in this way help fight climate change. Blue carbon habitats like these off the Balearic Islands cover just 10% of the area, but store the same amount of CO2, as land-based forests. They also act as nursery grounds for young fish. Some seagrass meadows of Posidonia oceanica in the Balearic Islands have been dated to over 100,000 years old.

Es Freus Marine Reserve was designated as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 1999 and is part of a Natura 2000 site (called Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera) designated in 2000. The site is also part of a wider UNESCO World Heritage Site label. It is the second largest MPA in the Spanish Mediterranean. In Spain, Marine Reserves are MPAs offering the highest level of protection.




Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). Secca Washington, Maddalena National Park, Sardinia, Italia. Catamaran Oceana Ranger Mediterranean Expedition. May 2007.

Cuttlefish have stereoscopic vision, something rare in invertebrates but a characteristic of terrestrial mammal predators such as felines. This means that they can see in 3D and perceive depth, which allows them to be perfect hunters. Their skin is full of pigment-containing cells called cromatophores that allow them to change their colour to camouflage, mate and as defensive behaviour.

Maddalena national park was designated as an MPA in 1994 and also became a Natura 2000 site in 1995.




Cylinder roses (Cerianthus lloydii). Hirsholmene Marine Reserve, Kattegat, Denmark. Oceana Hanse Explorer Baltic Sea Expedition. May 2011.

Also known as tube anemones, this species can bury its tubes into the sediment down to 1 metre. The anemones normally have between 64 and 128 tentacles that they use for catching prey, like small crustaceans and fish, and drawing them to their mouth.

Hirsholmene Marine Reserve was designated in 1977 under a strict protection regime. It also became a Natura 2000 site in 1983 for bird protection and in 2011 for the protection of habitats and species. The site is also designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and under the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention).




European edible sea urchin (Echinus esculentus). Sálvora island, Atlantic Islands National Park, ría de Arosa, Galicia, Spain. Catamaran Oceana Ranger Atlantic Cantabric Expedition. June 2008.

Several species of sea urchins have a long history of covering themselves with the remains of, for example, algae, seagrasses and shells. Unfortunately, recently, they have been increasingly using garbage like plastic instead of these natural coverings.

The skeletons of sea urchins have traditionally been used as amulets in different cultures. They are believed to act even as lightning rods.

The Atlantic Islands national park was designated an MPA in 2002. In Spain, marine National Parks offer a relatively high level of protection for large-scale ecosystems. This park comprises several Natura 2000 sites designated later in 2014: Complexo húmido de Corrubedo and Complexo Ons-O Grove and Illas Cíes. The site is also a UNESCO World

Heritage Site and designated under the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention).




Deep-sea black coral (Antipathella subpinnata). Gettysburg, Gorringe Bank, Portugal. Oceana Ranger 2012: Expedition to the deep-sea. October 2012.

Black corals are considered as Essential Fish Habitats for small sharks that lay their eggs among their branches. Some black corals are believed to be the longest-lived organism in the oceans, at over 4,000 years old.

Seamounts like Gorringe Bank are marine biodiversity hotspots because they create the right conditions for food availability and shelter for sealife from the top to their deep bottom. They support deep-sea ecosystems and corals.

Although poorly represented in MPAs, seamounts are critical for biodiversity.

Gorringe Bank was proposed as a Natura 2000 site in 2015 but has not yet been designated as a Marine Protected Area.




Yellow trumpet anemone (Parazoanthus axinellae). Secca Washington, Maddalena National Park, Sardinia, Italia. Catamaran Oceana Ranger Mediterranean Expedition. May 2007.

This colonial anemone can cover large parts of rocks and caves, but can also grow on live organisms, like sponges. Their name "axinellae“ comes from their presence on sponges of the family Axinellidae.

Maddalena National Park has been designated by Italy as an MPA and also as a Natura 2000 site.




Ringneck blenny (Parablennius pilicornis). Bajo de fuera, Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve, Murcia, Spain. Catamaran Oceana Ranger Mediterranean Expedition. July 2007.

This blenny hides inside crevices and holes in the rocks. it has two characteristics: branched tentacles on its head and a canine tooth in both its mandibules. It is widely found in the Mediterranean Sea, but can also be found in patchy sites in the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

In Spain, marine reserves are marine protected areas offering the highest level of protection. The Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas marine reserve was designated as an MPA in 1995 and also falls partly under a Natura 2000 site (called Franja Litoral Sumergida de la Región de Murcia) designated in 2019.




Nudibranch (Flabellina affinis) and eggs. Llosa del Patró Pere, Porros island, North of Minorca Marine Reserve, Balearic Islands, Spain. Marviva Mediterranean Expedition. September 2008.

Many nudibranches lay their eggs on the same hydrozoan they feed upon. Their colorful patterns indicate that they are poisonous. This venom comes from the small polyps they eat on the hydrozoans.

The North of Minorca marine reserve was designated by Spain as an MPA in 1999 and is partly under a Natura 2000 site designated in 2019.




Fourhorn sculpin (Triglopsis quadricornis) among overabundance of filamentous algae due to excessive nutrient input. Kopparstenarna, Northern Baltic Proper (Sweden). Oceana Hanse Explorer Baltic Sea Expedition. April 2011.

The fourhorn sculpin is a marine fish that can also live in fresh and even brackish waters. They make hollows in the seabed to lay their eggs, where the male protects them until they hatch.

Gotska Sandön-Salvorev was nationally designated as an MPA in 1988 and was designated as a Natura 2000 site in 2011. This site is also designated under the Baltic Marine Environment Protection or Helsinki Commission (HELCOM).




Lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) capturing a blue jellyfish (Cyanea lamarckii). Dörjeskär, Marstrand, Kattegat, Sweden. Baltic Coastal Expedition. June 2013.

The Lion’s mane jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. It can be more than 2 metres in diametre and its tentacles can reach over 35 meters. Despite being an active predator, some juvenile fish species, like whiting (Merlangius merlangus), hide among its tentacles to protect themselves from predators. Lion’s mane jellyfish are “mobile Essential Fish Habitats”.

Sälöfjorden is a marine Natura 2000 site designated in 2011. This site is an important reproduction area for seals and seabirds.




Eelgrass (Zostera sp.) meadow. South of the Sound, Sweden. The Sound Expedition 2016. April 2016.

Eelgrass, a species of seagrass named for its long slippery texture, is one of nature's superheroes: it offers shelter and camouflage for young fish, helps anchor shorelines and provides food and habitat for many marine species. In the Baltic Sea, eelgrass meadows died off extensively in the 1930s and since then have not recovered. Later they were greatly affected by trawling, sand dredging and other human activities impacting the seabed. They are an Essential Fish Habitat for key commercial species, like cod (Gadus morhua).

A trawl ban is in place in the Sound area since the 1930s, jointly introduced by Sweden and Denmark in the interest of maritime safety, due to the high volume of ship traffic passing through the strait.

This eelgrass meadow is situated just outside two Natura 2000 sites: Tygelsjö-Gessie designated in 2011 to protect shallow habitats and Falsterbo-Foteviken designated in 1996 to protect birds. The area was proposed by Oceana to be protected in 2013.




Hermit crab (Pagurus bernhardus) on common seastar (Asterias rubens). Hirsholmene Marine Reserve, Kattegat, Denmark. Oceana Hanse Explorer Baltic Sea Expedition. May 2011.

Hermit crabs are scavengers cleaning the seabed of dead animals and organic matter. Sometimes they can boom in numbers and unusually grow in size due to anthropogenic impacts that increase the amount of dead and damaged organisms. The shells of hermit crabs provide substrate for other species, like anemones, hydrozoans, sponges, bryozoans, polychaetes and algae, to live on.

Hirsholmene Marine Reserve was designated in 1977 and is also a Natura 2000 site designated later, in 1983, for the protection of birds and for the protection of habitats and species in 2011. The site is also designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and under the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention).




(Posidonia oceanica) bunches. Secca Washington, Maddalena National Park, Sardinia, Italia. Catamaran Oceana Ranger Mediterranean Expedition. May 2007.

Posidonia oceanica, commonly known as Neptune grass, is native only to the Mediterranean Sea and can grow on both hard and soft substrata. It can build barrier reefs of more than 2 metres high. It produces small green flowers, that are called “the olive of the sea” in Italy.

Seagrass species like Posidonia oceanica store alone 12% of the carbon in ocean sediments globally and play a significant role in regulating the global carbon cycle. In daylight they oxygenate coastal waters and are called “the lungs of the Mediterranean Sea”. Posidonia meadows also act as nursery grounds for young fish, and it is estimated that about 20% of all Mediterranean species live in Posidonia meadows.

Maddalena national park was designated as an MPA in 1994 and also as a Natura 2000 site in 1995.






Our principal priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our speakers, moderators, exhibitors and participants, and so we have been monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak constantly. Due to the current situation and restrictions, it has been decided that EU Green Week 2020 will be available exclusively online.

You will have the opportunity to join the EU Green Week in a new immersive virtual experience. Not only will you be able to watch all the sessions live and interact with the speakers, but you will also have the possibility to explore the exhibitions and network with the other attendants just as if you were there !
The virtual event platform will be soon open - all you have to do is to register and you will gain access to the event from your home or office.
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