7th EAP — The new EU Environment Action Programme to 2020

The programme identifies three priority areas where more action is needed to protect nature and strengthen ecological resilience, boost resource-efficient, low-carbon growth, and reduce threats to human health and wellbeing linked to pollution, chemical substances, and the impacts of climate change:

  1. The first action area is linked to “natural capital” – from fertile soil and productive land and seas to fresh water and clean air – as well as the biodiversity that supports it. Natural capital includes vital services such as pollination of plants, natural protection against flooding, and the regulation of our climate. Biodiversity and safeguarding of water is also a concern .
  2. The second action area concerns the conditions that will help transform the EU into a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy.
  3. The third key action area covers challenges to human health and wellbeing, such as air and water pollution, excessive noise, and toxic chemicals.

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Save the date: Social Innovation and Nature-based solutions: What knowledge will be needed to face future societal challenges and emerging issues

EKLIPSE/EPBRS/BiodivERsA joint foresight workshop  “Social Innovation and Nature-based solutions: What knowledge will be needed to face future societal challenges and emerging issues

The workshop will be held in Brussels on the 6th (starting with lunch) of December until the 7th of December (1PM CET)

The aim of this participatory workshop will be to explore how nature-based solutions (NBS) can be a response to, or a catalyst for, social innovation to address emerging issues in relation to:

  • human well-being and health,
  • governance strategies,
  • assessment of multiple benefits (environmental, social and economic),
  • mainstreaming NBS in land planning and management
  • restoration
  • NBS and digital new technologies

This social innovation perspective will promote transdisciplinary thinking and participants will be free to focus on some specific habitats (e.g. urban areas, coastal and marine areas, agricultural areas, etc.) based on their expertise.

Please register at: http://www.biodiversity.be/jointforesightworkshop

A preliminary programme and additional practical information will be made available on the website soon.