Side events

Photo exhibition: Nature is working for you!

24 May to 6 June

Esplanade of the Berlaymont building

Discover the many benefits we get from nature for free…

And why we can't afford to take them for granted!

LIFE conference: LIFE Nature and Biodiversity - preparing the future

31 May 2010 – 14:30 - 18:30 / 1 June 2010 – 9:00 - 13:00

As the Commission is beginning to think beyond LIFE+, its environmental funding instrument, it will be seeking stakeholders' views on what has worked well in the LIFE Nature programme and what should be changed.

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Networking cocktail for Green Week participants, in partnership with the exhibition "Coral reefs of New Caledonia"

1 June 2010 – 18:00 - 20:00

In the piazza of the Berlaymont building.

NB: Your Green Week registration badge is needed to attend

Dirt! The Movie

2 June 2010 – 13:30 - 14:30

By Gene Rosow and Bill Benenson
Narrated by Jamie Lee-Curtis

An award-winning documentary about dirt: Dirt! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

Presentation of LIFE Nature projects

2 June 2010 – 13:30 - 17:30

The LIFE Nature programme cofinances projects to improve the conservation status of endangered species and natural habitats (see the LIFE web site for full details).

Eight LIFE Nature projects will be present at the "LIFE projects area", 2nd floor:

Please consult part II of this side session on Thursday 3/6 at 9:30 for the 4 next presentations

Coral reefs of New Caledonia Exhibition, in the Berlaymont building

2 June 2010 – 14:30 - 15:30

Departure from the Charlemagne building
Commented visit in French (max 15 persons). Please register at the Information Desk.

Wild Wonders of Europe: Unseen, unexpected, unforgettable

2 June 2010 – 18:30 – 19:30

An AV-show, images from all over Europe, by Staffan Widstrand

Followed by a cocktail

Local actors committed to biodiversity

2 June 2010 – 18:30 - 19:30

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity briefing: a snap shot of TEEB for local policy

The TEEB for Local and Regional Policy report will show how ecosystem services can be valued, and how TEEB Ecological and Economic Foundations (2010) can facilitate the task. TEEB for Local and Regional Policy covers areas including urban management and municipal service provisioning, natural resource management, planning and environmental impact assessment, protected area management, the creation of relevant markets and certification schemes. The report will show how recognizing nature’s services at the local level can contribute to better development opportunities and the long term conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Interpretation in English, French and German

In association with the Committee of the Regions (CoR)

Followed by a cocktail

European Business Awards for the Environment 2010 ceremony

2 June 2010 – 18:45 - 20:00

The EBAE initiative was launched by the European Commission in 1987 in order to recognize, reward and promote the achievements of companies who pioneer environmentally friendly policies and products.

The scheme covers four different categories. The competition is only open to finalists of their national competitions – this means that companies awarded the European prize are 'the best of the best': the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative across Europe. Find out more at

In the Bibliothèque Solvay and upon invitation only.

Presentation of LIFE Nature projects

3 June 2010 – 9:00 - 13:00

Eight LIFE Nature projects will be present at the "LIFE projects area", 2nd floor:

  • 9:00 Improving wintering conditions for Branta ruficollis at Techirghiol project byDan Hulea, ROS
  • 10:00. Restoring active blanket bog in the Berwyn and Migneint SACs in Wales and Tackling Climate Change-Related Threats to an Important Coastal SPA in Eastern England by Mike Murray and Helen Deavin, RSPB
  • 11:00 Conservation of French populations of Orsini's viper by Thomas Fourest and Sandrine Halbedel, ARPE PACA
  • 12:00 Restoration of deciduous forest in Söderåsen National Park by Oddvar Fiskesjö, Söderåsens nationalpark och Herrevadskloster

Please consult part I of this side session on Wednesday 2/6 at 13:30 for the 4 first presentations

Ireland’s Ecosystems and Wildlife on Film

3 June 2010 – 13:30 - 14:30

A film presented by producer Éamon de Buitléar, followed by questions and answers.

NB: This event serves as an introduction to the session on Green Infrastructure (session 1.9)

Cocktail followed by 2 films (in parallel)

3 June 2010 – 18:00 - 20:00

1.Bee Movie

Animated Dreamworks movie written by Jerry Seinfeld, 2007. A light-hearted look at the world of these busy creatures through the eyes of Barry B(ee) Benson.

In English, 90 minutes

2. Solutions locales pour un désordre global          

Film by Coline Serreau, 2010

An inspiring vision of alternative social models from peasants, scientists, economists and philosophers. Featuring words and images from France, India, Brazil, Ukraine and Switzerland.

In French, 113 minutes

Disclaimer: The views contained in the films are those of their makers and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission.