Session 4.4

Protecting biodiversity and nature through a circular economy

Over half of global GDP depends on nature and the services it provides. Despite that, more than 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress come from resource extraction and processing of materials, fuels and food. A resource-efficient circular economy, by contrast, would be an important tool to halt biodiversity loss and protect nature. This spring, the Commission adopted three major policies under the European Green Deal: the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy. Together, they will serve as our roadmap to rebuild our economy in a resilient and green way.

This session will focus on the connection between the circular economy, biodiversity and nature, and will take a closer look at how the circular economy and the new circular economy action plan can help to halt biodiversity loss. This will be an interactive session aiming to leverage all the different perspectives and experience of the people in the room.


Janez Potočnik, member of the International Resource Panel

Eduardo Mansur, Director for the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO

Pierre Victoria, Senior Executive Vice President Strategy & Innovation, Veolia

Etelle Higonnet, Etelle Higonnet, Mighty Campaign and Legal Director, Mighty Earth


Maria Rincon, Team Leader, Circular Economy, Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

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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