General information MEP Pavel Poc, Chair of the Intergroup EP Intergroup CCBSD Newsletter


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EP Intergroup CCBSD


Wednesday, 14th of November 2012, 15:00
Room P3C050, European Parliament, Brussels

Chaired by MEP Jan Olbrycht, Chair of the “Urban” Intergroup in the European Parliament

In Europe, around 75% of the population lives in urban areas and in some countries this number is expected to grow up to 80% by 2020 (EEA, 2009). With increasing population density and mounting development pressure, large areas of land in the immediate surroundings of urban areas are undergoing a rapid process of urbanisation.

Residents of urban communities depend heavily on biodiversity, notably for the provisioning of food, clean air, drinking water, climate regulation and recreation, but also for many other non-material services such as education and inspiration and thus have a vested interest in the protection of the natural environment, both within and well beyond urban boundaries. However, the dependence on and interactions of urbanised areas with the surrounding rural landscape and its biodiversity and ecosystems present a knowledge gap that needs to be bridged. Awareness of urban interactions with nature is highly important for establishing urban resilience.

There is an enormous unseen potential in nature for the promotion of cost-effective solutions to making cities more resilient. We can use biodiversity and ecosystems to address some of the biggest challenges cities face today: to reduce climate change impacts, to ensure food, water and energy security, but also to enhance quality of life, save money and promote economic development.

In line with the EU Strategy for Biodiversity to 2020, the agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive urban growth and the strategy for a resource efficient Europe, there are already many good examples for biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation, restoration and valuation that can be duplicated. There is a lot of potential to develop new projects and ideas for innovative and nature-based solutions to the pressures European urban areas are facing.

The workshop will seek to raise awareness of the value of biodiversity and nature-based solutions to help European cities cope with the challenges they are experiencing today in the face of rapid urbanisation. The aim of the meeting will be to share experiences and best practices on the economic and social value of biodiversity and ecosystems services for urban life.

Documents of the meeting
Press release
URBES project



Raw materials and decarbonisation: The way forward for European lime sector
Wed., 03th of Dec. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels
Cocktail Reception
Wed., 15th of Oct. 2014
Members' Salon, European Parliament, Brussels
Nature-Based Solutions: Innovation potential for Smart, Sustainable & Inclusive Growth in Europe
Tue., 30th of Sep. 2014
ASP 3G2, European Parliament, Brussels
Forestry debates kick-off in the new European Parliament
Wed., 24th of Sep. 2014
MEPs salon, European Parliament, Brussels
Intergroup Cocktail Reception in Strasbourg
Tue., 01th of Jul. 2014
European Parliament, Strasbourg, Room C2.1
A New Spring for Bees
Wed., 02th of Apr. 2014
Towards a consolidated Network of Knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe
Tue., 01th of Apr. 2014
Promoting the electrification of transport : the EU and Quebec, similar priorities
Wed., 19th of Mar. 2014
Blue Growth: promoting jobs and innovation
Wed., 19th of Mar. 2014
Ocean Literacy: Educating the public on species and habitat conservation
Tue., 28th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room PHS 4B01
Water and Energy as instruments for Peace
Tue., 28th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room P5B001
The EU’s BEST Initiative: Voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories
Mon., 27th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room P7C050
A New EU Forest Strategy: Ensuring sustainable forest management for socio-economic and environmental services
Tue., 21th of Jan. 2014
European Parliament, Brussels, Room JAN 6Q1
EU legislation on Invasive Alien Species: debate on strengthening the EC proposed approach
Mon., 20th of Jan. 2014