European Green Week 2010 focuses on biodiversity

This year's Green Week, the biggest annual conference devoted to European environment policy, will take place from 1 to 4 June at the Charlemagne Building in Brussels under the slogan "Biodiversity - our lifeline"

This year, the largest annual conference on European environment policy turns the spotlight on biodiversity, in the frameworkd of 2010 International Year for Biodiversity. Over some 30 sessions, the conference will address the state of biodiversity and nature in Europe and the world, the benefits they bring, present-day pressures on them, and possible solutions to the current rates of loss.

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 investigated.

These are some of the many questions Green Week 2010 will examine in three days of discussion and debate between high-level speakers from Europe and beyond.

Green Week is a unique opportunity for exchanges of experience and good practice: the event also includes numerous side events, films, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

Some 3 800 participants are expected from EU institutions, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, the scientific community and academia.

This event comes few weeks later of the publication of the special Eurobarometer that revealed the desinformation of European citizens on biodiversity: the new "Attitudes towards biodiversity" survey reveals that only 38% of Europeans know the meaning of the term.