IUCN President Ashok Koshla visits Green Week 2010

02 June 2010 | News story

2nd June 2010, Brussels. This year, the largest annual conference on European environment policy turns the spotlight on biodiversity because 2010 – the UN year of biodiversity – is a milestone year.

Europe must set itself new biodiversity targets, and new global targets will be set at a major conference in Japan in October. Green Week 2010 will address the state of biodiversity and nature in Europe and the world, the benefits they bring, current pressures, and possible solutions to the current rates of loss, including the need for a solid baseline that can be used to take stock of future progress. The path to be taken by EU policies on biodiversity and nature policies post-2010, the economic dimension of biodiversity, ecosystem services and Natura 2000 will also be examined.

IUCN President Ashok Koshla was one of the key note speakers during the opening session which set the scene for the week’s discussions, spelling out the challenges, and mapping out areas where solutions might be found. Other speakers included

  • Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment, European Commission
  • Norbert Röttgen, German Environment Minister
  • Pavan Sukhdev, Study Leader - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - TEEB, Special Adviser - Green Economy Initiative (UNEP)
  • Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

During GreenWeek IUCN will showcase its work on biodiversity conservation. A dozen organisations working on biodiversity conservation within the IUCN system will present their activities at the IUCN stand. Along with the information on the projects being implemented by the IUCN Secretariat, the stand will host presentations by IUCN Member Organizations, Commission experts and partners of the Countdown 2010 initiative. Each organization will take over the IUCN stand for a one-hour slot. See the stand programme.

Commissioner Potocnik stopped by the IUCN stand where he met with IUCN President Ashok Koshla, Dr Hans Friederich Regional Director for Pan-Europe and Jeff McNeely, Senior Science Advisor to IUCN.

Some 3,800 participants are expected from EU institutions, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, the scientific community and academia at Green Week, the largest annual conference on European environment policy. The 2010 event focuses on “Biodiversity – our lifeline”.