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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Background and objectives
If we think about nature conservation or increasing essential ecosystem services we usually think of protected areas, conserving valuable ecosystems such as forests and wetlands, or maintaining rural landscapes. But can cities also help achieve biodiversity goals and targets? This largely depends on the amount, the quality and management of urban green infrastructure. However, the potential of cities to help protect biodiversity and ecosystem services is likely underestimated.
This conference aims to deliver a set of key messages and principles on how cities can contribute to regional, national and European biodiversity policies, goals and targets.
The conference will address the following key questions:
Date and Venue
The meeting starts at 09:00 in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 15th November Street 1, 1040 Sofia. During the lunchbreak we will move to the Hotel Metropolitan, bul. "Tsarigradsko Shose" 64, 1784 Mladost 1, Sofia. Transport will be provided.
Registration is mandatory and can be done by clicking on the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Biodiver-City
Participants can also submit an abstract for the afternoon sessions.
For questions or unsolicited abstract submissions, contact: email@example.com
09.00 – 09.30
Welcome and registration
09.30 – 09.45
Opening by the chair of the meeting (Joint Research Centre)
09.45 – 10.00
10.00 – 10.45
Welcome speech by official representatives of the invited Bulgarian authorities
Plenary session 1: The importance of urban biodiversity for nature and people
10.45 – 11.15
11.15 – 12.30
Plenary session 2: Policies to enhance biodiversity in cities
12.30 – 13.30
Lunch (provided at the venue) and transport to hotel Metropolitan (Departure at 13.30 pm by bus – meeting point: in front of BAS)
14.00 – 16.00
Afternoon parallel sessions
16.00 – 16.30
16.30 – 17.00
Final plenary session: Urban biodiversity and green infrastructure: Ambition levels