Session 7.3

Biodiverse cities and regions post Covid-19

In partnership with the Committee of the Regions

The pandemic of Covid-19 showed us that direct and indirect human-induced biodiversity loss and degrading ecosystem services destroys the system that supports human life. The more biodiverse an ecosystem is, the more difficult it is for a pathogen to spread rapidly or dominate. Loss of biodiversity provides an opportunity for the spread of zoonotic diseases.
Investing in biodiversity protection and conservation is, therefore, a strategic investment both in the long-term as a preventive measure to feature pandemics and epidemics; but also in the short-term as a socio-economic recovery measure.

This session shares the successful EU cities and regions already committed to halt biodiversity loss and ecosystem services degradation, especially after Covid-19. It is also an invitation to hear from EU cities and regions on their long-term goals and vision for 2030 on biodiversity.


Roby Biwer, Rapporteur on biodiversity at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) & Bettembourg City Councilor (Luxembourg)

Stefan Leiner, Head of Biodiversity Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Harriet Tiemans, Vice-Mayor, City of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Astrid Aller, Young Elected Politician at the Committee of the Regions & City Councillor, Copenhagen, Denmark

Laura Danilas, Young Elected Politician at the Committee of the Regions & City Councillor, Tartu, Estonia

John Mouat, International Marine Biodiversity Policy Manager, Scottish Government

Aino Kulonen, Environmental coordinator, Lahti, Finland

Stephen Hart, Senior Loan Officer in charge of the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF)


Sandra Doevendan, Young Elected Politician at the Committee of the Regions & Provincial Councillor in North Holland (The Netherlands)

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 !
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