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European Conference on “Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change”


People in a park in Helsinki

Joint European Conference held by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

The event is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

Climate change poses significant challenges to biodiversity and human well-being in Europe. Biodiversity in urban as well as in adjacent rural areas can provide health and climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits that can be actively fostered by nature-based solutions.

This joint European conference in Bonn brought together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity's contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference was to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues.

Latest scientific findings on the impacts of climate change on European biodiversity and links to human health were discussed. Furthermore, the implementation of nature-based solutions towards health and climate goals were outlined. Interactive sessions focused on case studies of successful demonstration projects and lessons learned. Resulting discussions lead to recommendations for creating synergies between ongoing policy processes, scientific programmes and practical implementation.

Further details on programme and documentation at the official conference website.

Conference report

[Translate to en:] Titelbild Skript 509

The conference report now available for download.

ENCA Recommendations

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