Green Week 2015 Nature – our health, our wealth

02.06.2015

The 2015 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be nature and biodiversity.

Nature is vital for our health and our wealth. We depend on it for the food, energy, raw materials, air and water that make life possible and drive the economy. We share this planet with an extraordinary natural diversity which is a source of inspiration, learning and recreation; part of our cultural heritage and contributing to our quality of life. Protecting nature and maintaining Europe's competitiveness must go hand-in-hand as nature and biodiversity policy can play a key role in creating jobs and stimulating investment.

Eligible events taking place in May/June 2015 at local or regional level include seminars putting creative solutions for the protection of endangered species and natural habitats; guided walks in terrestrial and marine sites; demos of products/services that help conserve Nature and Biodiversity in a sound manner; art initiatives advocating nature conservation; and awareness raising events on sustainable land use management generating new tourism, recreation and employment opportunities, to name but a few.

In Bulgaria the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds will organize events in the Nature conservation centers “Poda” near Burgas and “Eastern Rhodopy” near Madzharovo. The dates 3, 4 and 5 June will be open days with bird watching tours and viewing of the exhibition halls.

The events in “Eastern Rhodopy” start on 1 June and will continue until 9 June. They are organized under the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” and will include also workshops with students. Some of them will be led by the BSPB volunteer Krisia Ayala from New York, who will present her migration kit: “If you had wings, where would you go?”.

Green Week will look at these and other benefits we receive from nature, and the framework in place to protect it. Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2014 edition attracted around 3.100 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organizations, academia and the media.

The exhibition hall, photo N. terziev
The The Nature Conservation Centre (NCC) Poda
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