ALERT: Commission reports on cancellation of EU Green Week 2020 in June due to COVID-19

07/04/2020. Green Week 2020, organised by the European Union, will focus on nature and biodiversity. Around the world, biodiversity is disappearing as a result of the unsustainability of much human activity.

The European Commission has reported on the EU Green Week 2020 website that their main priority “the health, safety and well-being of our speakers, moderators, exhibitors and participants, and so we have been monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak constantly”. Therefore, “due to the current situation and the uncertainties about how long it may continue, it has been decided that EU Green Week 2020 will not take place in June as originally foreseen”. However, they explain: “A decision on whether to postpone, restructure or cancel the event will be taken as soon as possible. More information will be published as soon as it is available.”.

During this week, it was planned to explore possible avenues for change and examine EU policies, such as the European Green Agreement, that can help protect, restore and sustainably manage nature, leaving room for it to recover and thrive. This year’s Green Week was also a milestone on the road to COP15-CBD (“15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations to the Convention on Biological Diversity”) in Kunming, China, in October 2020, where world leaders would adopt a new 10-year action plan to combat climate change. In this sense, CILIFO (Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires), as a project that seeks to adapt to and mitigate climate change, had planned a training action focused on attracting European funds for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For more information, please visit the EU Green Week 2020 website: www.eugreenweek.eu