Side events

Photo exhibitions

From 22 to 25 May 2012

Brussels - Belgium

Protecting the wonders beneath" – an exhibition of pictures by Oceana along the railing outside the Charlemagne building brings stunning underwater images to the public.


"3rd EU Water Conference Poster Exhibition: examples on the ground" - showcasing EU projects (LIFE, 7FP) and stakeholder initiatives in implementing water policy, 1st floor, Charlemagne building

"The Future We Want - Drop By Drop": an exhibition of European advertisements from the UN competition on using water wisely,, 2nd floor Charlemagne building Brussels


European Investment Bank


Water is life. Film

The EIB’s loans and technical assistance help people in Europe and beyond to have access to healthy water and to build state-of-the-art wastewater facilities. This film tells you more about the EIB’s commitment to the water sector.

Film: 'La Soif du monde' (A Thirsty World) by Yann Artus-Bertrand Room

22 May 18:30 to 20:00

Brussels - Belgium

GASP Charlemagne building Brussels

Introduction by Marin Spetic, Vice-President World Youth Parliament for Water

La soif du mondeAfter "HOME" and "the Earth from Above" series, Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s 90 minute documentary film A THIRSTY WORLD, directed by Thierry Piantanida and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire, proposes another journey around the world. This time, the famous photographer is looking at one of the major challenges to human survival: WATER. Today, against a backdrop of sharply increasing demand, growth in the world population and the growing impact of an unsettled climate, water has become one of the most precious natural resources of our planet.

Faithful to Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s reputation, A THIRSTY WORLD, filmed in some 20 countries, reveals the mysterious and fascinating world of fresh water through spectacular aerial images shot in regions that are difficult to reach and rarely filmed, like Southern Sudan or Northern Congo. It also lets us discover the most beautiful landscapes on our planet, the lakes, rivers and wetlands created by water. A THIRSTY WORLD attempts to bring together Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s trademark aerial view of the world with the harsh, everyday reality of all those people who are deprived of water and may even die for lack of it, the people engaged in the daily struggle to find water, purify it or bring it to those who need it.

The film is built up on a host of encounters. A shepherd from north Kenya looks us in the eye and says he has killed for water and would do so again. Women dance when water finally arrives in their village. An atypical United Nations ambassadress talks about her combat to make governments too commit to providing access to water and the most modern purification techniques to guarantee the survival and health of the poorest populations.

Reportages filmed in Europe, Africa, Asia and America invite comments from the people working and innovating to bring water to those who need it, use it more intelligently, purify it, or, better still, stop polluting it. Engaging personalities, internationally recognized or simple front-line players, illuminate the film with their energy, their imagination and their enthusiasm.

Because access to clean drinking water is more than ever the big challenge of tomorrow.


Film: 'Oceans' by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud

23 May 18:30 to 20:15

Brussels - Belgium

18:30-20:15 Film: 'Oceans' by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud
Room DURI Charlemagne building Brussels

Dive into OCEANS - This is a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea. Stunning images await as you journey in to the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. It's an unprecedented look at the lives of these elusive deepwater creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, OCEANS is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you'll never forget.

Oceans is a 2009 French nature documentary film directed and produced by Jacques Perrin.
The film was released in European movie theatres in January 2010 and distributed in the United States by Disneynature for Earth Day.
The film explores the Earth's five oceans. Budgeted at 50 million Euros, most of the documentary was filmed directly on the sea from boats, submarines and scuba-diving, showing marine life in their natural environment. Shots were taken in over 50 different places and it took four years in total to finish.
The movie reflects on the need to respect nature and demonstrates the pressures on the marine environment resulting from human acitivities.

LIFE, Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 – 20 years' celebration!

23 May 18:30 to 22:30

Room GASP Charlemagne building Brussels

LIFE, Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 – 20 years' celebration!

This lively event with poetry and music will celebrate the past 20 years of protecting the EU's environment, nature & biodiversity. Awards will be presented to the best LIFE Nature projects and LIFE 20th Anniversary photos and descriptive texts. The Natura 2000 20th anniversary brochure will also be launched.


Film: 'Africa Turns Green' by Séverine Dieudonné

24 May 13:30 to 14:00

Brussels - Belgium

Charlemagne building Brussels

An initiative which presents the efforts of African entrepreneurs to safeguard the ecosystems of the African continent.

European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Ceremony, - The Best of the Best: 14 nominees for the EBAE 2012

European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Ceremony, - The Best of the Best: 14 nominees for the EBAE 2012

24 May 18:30 to 20:00

Brussels - Belgium

Faced with environmental challenges and resource constraints, Europe must move towards a competitive, inclusive and resource-efficient economy. The European Commission is taking steps to protect the environment for future generations and to create major economic opportunities by giving priority to resource-efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, improved waste management, eco-innovation and halting the loss of biodiversity.

The recently launched Roadmap to a Resource-efficient Europe sets out a vision for a sustainable Europe by 2020.

Some proactive European companies have already recognised the benefits of increasing resource-efficiency and adopting sound environmental practices. Not only does this improve competitiveness and profitability, but it also makes good business sense. The European Business Awards for the Environment are granted to innovative companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance.

The shortlist for the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) was decided at a two-day jury meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brussels on the evening of Thursday 24 May 2012, during Green Week, the European Commission's annual conference on environment policy.

To register for this event, please click here

Venue: Royal Museum of Art and History, Parc Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, Brussels