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Next regional workshop in Barcelona as part of the project “Linking Biodiversity to National Economic and Social Priorities in the EU Member States”
| News| 24/04/2017

As part of a major study for the European Commission, on ‘Linking biodiversity to national economic and social priorities in the EU Member States’, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and partners are organising a series of regional workshops across the EU. These workshops are inviting participants from regional and national authorities and other stakeholders to come together to discuss how biodiversity and nature protection can support socio-economic objectives like jobs, growth, urban and regional development, public health or social cohesion.

The next workshop for the Mediterranean will take place in Barcelona (Aula Europa, European Parliament/ European Commission – Representation Passeig de Gràcia, 90) on 3 May 2017 and it’s organized by IEEP in collaboration with ENT. REGISTRATION is done by invitation, please write us at

The workshop will be an opportunity to meet and discuss the preliminary findings of the study and share insights and experiences across regions and Member States. It will focus on the following Member States: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain.

The workshop will feature presentations on several practical cases from the Mediterranean. They will cover areas such as sustainable fisheries and coastal management, agro-ecology, eco-tourism, and green infrastructure for public health and climate change adaptation. Several cases will come from a marine and coastal context, and the workshop will look into the role of biodiversity in urban and rural settings as well.

The workshop will include question and answer sessions and interactive group discussions. We will discuss drivers and barriers to using nature-based solutions and identify policy needs at regional, national and EU levels to unlock nature’s potential to contribute towards socio-economic objectives.