Organised by the European Committee of the Regions, ICLEI Europe and Regions4, the event will take place on 22 October at ​12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ​CEST.

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 pathogens to pass between
animals and people.

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 – organised as part of the ​Green Week 2020 – 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.

Registration is available here: ​

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