Session 6.2

Towards zero air pollution pressure on the ecosystems

Air pollution has major negative effects on ecosystems and biodiversity. This session will address the cooperation between EU institutions and relevant international organisations in relation to effects of air pollution on ecosystems and biodiversity.

The aim is to bring together biodiversity and air quality communities from the EU institutions and Member States to discuss ways in which their work could be mutually beneficial in the coming years. Potential crossover areas include establishing monitoring networks, assessing effects of air pollution on ecosystems, revising critical loads for nitrogen, and critical limits for ozone and heavy metals. Key questions to be answered include the importance or addressing the air pollution/biodiversity interface, how work on air pollution prevention and reduction could help the recovery of healthy ecosystems and the recovery after the COVID-19 crisis, gaps that are currently hindering this cooperation, and ways to redress the situation.


Isaura Rabago, Chair of the Working Group of Effects of the UNECE Air Convention

Basile van Havre, Co-Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Sir Robert Watson, Former Chair of the Inter-Governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Ronan Uhel, Scientific Adviser to the Director of the European Environment Agency


François Wakenhut, Head of Unit, Clean Air Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

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