Participation of Janez Potočnik to the Europarc 2012 Conference opening ceremony and the 20th anniversary of Natura 2000 Celebration
End production: 22/10/2012 First transmission: 22/10/2012
On 22 October 2012, Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, attended the Europarc 2012 conference opening ceremony and the 20th anniversary of Natura 2000 celebration at C-Mine in Genk, Belgium.
The Europarc 2012 conference is Europe's largest gathering of individuals working for and with protected areas across Europe. Through innovative speeches, workshops and excursions, the event focused on the theme of (Re)Connecting society with biodiversity and was organised in partnership with the European Commission's Natura 2000 programme.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of the C-Mine cultural centre in Genk, Belgium (2 shots)
||General views of the Winterslag mine site at C-Mine in Genk (3 shots)
||Arrival of Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, to the Europarc 2012 conference, at C-Mine in Genk (3 shots)
||Cutaway of candles
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): We will need renewed energy and engagement, but, most of all, we will need a commitment of really all of us; all stakeholders, public authorities, private land owners and users, developers, conservation Non-governmental organization (NGO's), scientific experts, local communities and, of course, all of us private individuals.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): What we need is to make sure, that our investments provide multiple benefits. If we manage our approach well, we will not only meet our biodiversity objectives but we will also contribute to the European union's resource efficiency goals by ensuring that Europe's natural capital is managed sustainably. And we will contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation targets by improving the resilience of ecosystems and the services they provide. And, ultimately, we will contribute also to our economic growth agenda.
||General view of the podium with Janez Potočnik being interviewed
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): Since the existence of the human beings on earth, we do not have environmentally orientated policies. We have only human orientated policies. So either we have short term orientated policies or long term orientated policies, they are both human orientated policies. Only the long term policies are the ones who can give us the solid guarantee of protecting us on this planet. The planet will absolutely survive. There is no question about that.
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): I think the most important thing would be to understand the value of nature, for today and for the future. That means that we would need to integrate the protection of biodiversity, the protection of nature into all of our policies. I think we have to be aware during those days, when we are dealing with economic crisis, that it is probably easier to fix the budget or to fix the economy, than to fix some of the disappearing nature, some of the disappearing biodiversity. Some of them, unfortunately, can not be restored anymore.