Conferences & Seminars

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Biodiversity and health in the face of Climate change

Challenge, opportunities and evidence gaps

June 27-29 2017, Bonn, Germany

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in co-operation with ENCA and the UFZ/iDiv hosted the European conference on "Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change - Challenges, opportunities and evidence gaps" from June 27-29, 2017 at the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR) in Bonn, Germany. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe is co-sponsor of the event.

This joint European conference in Bonn brought 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.'

Conference Proceedings are available in the Library. PDFs of the oral presentations are available at the official conference website

Greening of CAP Pillar 1 payments - can it be done better and simpler?

20 April 2016, Scotland House, Brussels

IG Sustainable Land Use and Agriculture

On 20 April 2016, ENCA held a seminar on ‘Greening of CAP Pillar 1 payments - can it be done better and simpler?’ at Scotland House, Brussels.

This well-attended meeting saw presentations on emerging findings from the initial implementation of greening, and some possible options for its future evolution. The agenda also included five country case study presentations, followed by a lively panel discussion.

The note of the proceedings, the 'ENCA Seminar Report' can be found in the Library by searching 'Greening Seminar.'

Further background materials can also be found in the Library , and include,

  • ‘Some Reflections on the Review of the CAP Greening Measures’. ENCA submitted these as a supplement to its contribution to the public consultation exercise on the ‘Experience with the first year of application of the greening obligations under the direct payment scheme (Common Agricultural Policy)’.
  • IEEP Report 'Learning the lessons of Greening of the CAP'

Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas and their Rural Surroundings

International conference,17-19 November 2015, Bonn

IG Climate Change Adaptation in partnership with BfN and UFZ.

The Conference was held to highlight the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings, and focused on identifying linkages between science, policy and practice. In addition, emphasis was given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create multiple benefits regarding ecological, social and economic aspects. The conference was part of a series of biannual European Conferences on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ECBCC) which started in 2011.

The three-day event, which was attended by more than 230 participants from 27 countries comprised keynote sessions with presentations and time for questions and discussion, a poster session, eight parallel workshop sessions and a final panel discussion. Overall, 55 presentations were given in plenary and the interactive sessions, complemented by 36 posters that were displayed during the conference.

Proceedings and ENCA recommendations are held in the Library under 'NBS Conference'.