EUROPEAN CONFERENCE, 27-29 JUNE 2017, BONN / GERMANY
Joint European Conference held by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies
(ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
The event is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.
Climate change poses significant challenges to biodiversity and human well-being in Europe. Biodiversity in urban as well as in adjacent rural areas can provide health and climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits that can be actively fostered by nature-based solutions.
This joint European conference in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues.
Latest scientific findings on the impacts of climate change on European biodiversity and links to human health will be discussed. Furthermore, the implementation of nature-based solutions towards health and climate goals will be outlined. Interactive sessions will focus on case studies of successful demonstration projects and lessons learned. Resulting discussions will lead to recommendations for creating synergies between ongoing policy processes, scientific programmes and practical implementation.
The conference is part of a series of European Conferences on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ECBCC). The first conference held in Bonn in 2011, explored options to enhance communication and co-operation between science, policy and practice and identified research priorities. The second conference held in 2013, focused on adaptation of main European ecosystems and led to recommendations for climate change-adapted nature conservation in Europe. In 2015, the third conference discussed the role of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings. As a follow up, this year’s conference will highlight the important contribution of green spaces and biodiversity to human health in a changing climate.
The conference is divided into three main areas (day 1: science, day 2: practice and implementation, day 3: policy and economy) and will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change including:
- Stefan Leiner (European Commission, DG Environment, Head of Unit “Biodiversity”)
- Birgit de Boissezon (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation,
Head of Unit "Sustainable Management of Natural Resources")
- Elizabet Paunovic (Head of Office, European Centre for Environment and Health,
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe)
- Ronan Uhel (Head of Natural System and Sustainability, European Environmental Agency, EEA)
- Cristina Romanelli (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD)
- Thomas Elmqvist (Stockholm Resilience Centre)
- Richard Mitchell (Institute for Health and Wellbeing/CRESH, Glasgow University)
- Kevin Gaston (University of Exeter, UK)
- Terry Hartig (Upsala University, Sweden)
- Catherine Ward Thompson (Edinburgh College of Art, UK)
- Roderick Lawrence (Director of the Global Environmental Policy Program, University Geneva)
- Luc Bas (IUCN)