The Green European Foundation is hosting this year’s edition of the ‘Green Post Corona Talks’ on the topic of biodiversity. Through this series, we hope to expand awareness on this important issue and foster public debate.
The first phase of the COP15 on biodiversity took place in China in October. Despite the urgency and importance of the current biodiversity crisis, there has not been much coverage in the media, nor was there much public debate. Therefore we are hosting this event to foster a public debate around biodiversity.
This series include 4 webinars, each highlighting a different aspect of the biodiversity crisis as well as proposing different solutions, going from the current state of play, the COP15 and EU policies, to Indigenous movements and the connections between biodiversity loss, climate change and the COVID-19-crisis.
About the event
This series of webinars is open to everyone with an interest in biodiversity, to those who wish to learn about this topic and to those who want to restore life on our planet.
In each webinar, three experts in the field will present on the topic, followed by a panel discussion. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and go into conversation with the speakers.
Webinar 1 (24 January)
In the first webinar, we expand on the current state of play: how bad is biodiversity worsening, and how is the international community responding? This talk aims to address the key findings of the 2021 biodiversity COP, as well as the solutions that were proposed. We will also dive into expectations and hopes for the last sessions of the biodiversity COP15 in 2022.
Ignace Schops is a well-known Belgian environmentalist. He is the Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM), former President of EUROPARC federation – the largest network on natural heritage in Europe – a full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome and a full member of the Rewilding Europe Circle
Ignace Schops was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2008, better known as the Green Nobel Prize. Since 2008 he was selected as ASHOKA fellow, a world-leading social entrepreneur.
Due to his international work on biodiversity and social entrepreneurship he became an Honorary Doctor at the Hasselt University in 2011. In 2013 he became a member of the Climate Leadership Corps of Al Gore and later that year he was decorated as the “Commander of the Order of the Crown” by the Belgian King Filip. In 2021 he was awarded with the Etion Leadership Award.
Ignace Schops and his team designed the (Re)connection Model. This model (Re)connects society with natural heritage and is used in several countries in the world. Schops is often asked as expert and keynote speaker at international conferences related to the natural heritage, biodiversity, climate change and social entrepreneurship. More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignace_Schops
Basile van Havre is a Co-Chair for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Open-Ended Working Group for a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. He has over 27 years of experience working in Canada’s Environment Department. In addition to being Canada’s CBD focal point, his roles included Director General of Biodiversity and Partnerships and Director of Population Conservation and Management at the Canadian Wildlife Service, Chair of the CITES Elephant working group and CBD Discussions on Indigenous Knowledge and Repatriation, Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission on Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Director at the Meteorological Service of Canada.
Hilde Eggermont is a freshwater biologist by training (PhD and 8 years of postdoc on global change research at Ghent University Belgium). She is the Strategic Coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, a national science-policy interface for biodiversity. She is also Chair and Coordinator of Biodiversa+ (the European Biodiversity Partnership) bringing together 74 research programmers and funders and environmental policy actors from 37 European and associated countries, as part of the European Biodiversity Strategy 2030. She also acts Belgian Focal Point for IPBES and as alternate IPBES Bureau Member. Other duties include her role as IUCN Councillor, and Global Director of WCMC Europe. Her main expertise focuses on science-policy interfacing; research programming; and biodiversity policy
Webinar 2 (7 February) In the second webinar, we inspect the EU’s role in biodiversity matters. Is the EU Biodiversity Strategy the plan we need? Is it realizable and sufficient? What about the proposed EU biodiversity law? How do green NGOs and Green Parties evaluate the EU’s actions?
Hendrik Schoukens has been working as an environmental lawyer, focusing on biodiversity-related cases. He co-authored the first edition of the handbook of Biodiversity Law within the Flemish Region. Hendrik wrote his doctoral thesis on the legal aspects of ecological restoration. since September 2021, he has been appointed as professor in the research domain of Environmental Law at Ghent University.
Webinar 3 (21 February)
In this session, we will explore biodiversity issues beyond Europe. Indigenous communities play a crucial role in protecting (and contributing to) biodiversity. While attention to this communities and the role they play in protecting the environment is increasinf, they are still all too often ignored in policy-making processes. In this webinar, Indigenous speakers go into dialogue with NGOs protecting nature.
Webinar 4 (7 March)
In the last talk of this webinar series, we’ll look into the connections between biodiversity loss, climate change and the covid-crisis. These are not separate crises, and the solutions cannot be separate either. How can we, therefore, develop policies that provide an answer to all these urgent issues?
Myriam Dumortier is a senior researcher at the Research Institute for Nature and Forests (INBO), focusing on the interaction between agriculture and biodiversity. She is interested in agro-ecological farming and in synergies between farming and nature conservation. She is member of the team Nature and Society. Myriam holds a Master and a PhD in Bioscience Engineering. During the 90’s, she worked in community forestry and rural development in South-Asia. From 2000 to 2010 she worked on the reporting of the state of nature at INBO and from 2010 to 2020 she was a policy officer at the European Commission developing and implementing the EU policy on invasive alien species. In 2020, she re-joined INBO to focus on agriculture. Since 2007 she is also a professor on forest and nature policy at Ghent University.
More speakers will be confirmed soon.
Time: All sessions will take place from 7:30 PM to 9 PM CET
Registration: This is a free event, but requires registration.
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After the talks, there will be time for Q&A.
This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Oikos Think Tank and with the financial support of the European parliament to the Green European Foundation.