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All around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a result of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change, and the combined effect of this unprecedented crisis is disrupting the ecosystems that support life on Earth and provide vital services to our society. It has devastating consequences for human health and well-being. While the situation is extremely serious, there is still hope. Solutions exist, but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade.
EU Green Week will put the spotlight on biodiversity, in the context of this broader ecological crisis. It will call for urgent action, explore possible pathways for change, and examine how a range of EU policies like the European Green Deal can help protect, restore and sustainably manage nature, leaving room for it to recover and thrive.
The programme of the EU Green Week conference in Brussels will include a series of sessions dedicated to the evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Emerging findings from the evaluation support study will be shared, giving the stakeholder community an opportunity to react, share views and experiences, and to discuss the achievements, factors of success, barriers to implementation as well as progress towards the targets. This input will be taken into consideration in the finalisation of the evaluation support study.
This year’s EU Green Week will also act as a milestone on the path to the COP 15 conference in Kunming, China, in October 2020, where world leaders will adopt a new 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.