In the spotlight: The EU Biodiversity Strategy

Participation of Ioli Christopoulou in a panel discussion on the EU Biodiversity Strategy hosted by Matroni Dikaiakou’s “Karta Melous” (Member’s Card) show on the Hellenic Parliament’s broadcaster.

The show presented the new EU Biodiversity Strategy announced by the European Commission on May 20th, as part of the European Green Deal. The discussion covered both pillars of the new strategy. Participants presented the objectives concerning nature conservation and the need for effective management of protected areas, as well as those that concern nature restoration. In this context, the discussion also presented the main aspects of the EU Strategy from farm to fork, which should lead to a comprehensive revision of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The panel also highlighted the value of biodiversity and the link between the status of biodiversity and public health, which has become more pronounced due to the pandemic.

Ioli Christopoulou presented the first findings of the evaluation of the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy, an action included in the Green Tank’s project “Priority to nature“. She also stressed the need for Greece to participate in international and European discussions with ambitious positions.Fellow panelists were Petros Kokkalis, SYRIZA MEP and Panagiotis Dimopoulos, Professor of Botany and Ecology at the Department of Biology of the University of Patras and new Chair of the “Nature 2000” Committee. Panagiota Maragou from WWF Greece, Eva Theofanou from the Bee to Be initiative and Nikos Koutis from the ecological agriculture network “AIGILOPS” also intervened in the panel discussion.

The show aired on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

You can watch the show (in Greek) here:

Note: The project “Priority to nature” is implemented in the framework of the Active citizens fund program, with the Green Tank as implementing body. 

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.