Climate change and biodiversity loss are the biggest challenges for the 21st century. The world is already 1.2 °C warmer and the impact of climate change such as heat waves, wild fires, floods and drought are being experienced around the globe. Also Europe is vulnerable for the impacts of climate change.
The European Green Deal is a response to these challenges aiming to transform Europe to the first climate neutral continent by 2050. It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts.
Increasing scientific evidence shows the interrelationship between the climate and biodiversity crisis. A long term and integrated approach is required to create a resilient and climate and nature positive future. Additional to rapid reduction of carbon emissions, large scale implementation of nature-based solutions has large potential to create a climate and nature positive future. In this Mansholt lecture we highlight the importance and potential of a nature-based approach for the health and wellbeing of future generation European citizens.
Watch live from 2:30 p.m.:
|14:30 – 14:35||Introduction by Sjoukje Heimovaara, President of the executive board of Wageningen University & Research|
|14:35 – 15:10||Mansholt Lecture: Nature based approach for Europe in 2120 by Tim van Hattum, Program Leader Green Climate Solutions at Wageningen University & Research|
|15:10 – 15:20||Reflection on the Mansholt lecture by Diederik Samsom, head of cabinet of the European Commissioner for Climate Action|
|15:20 – 16:00||Panel discussion|
|Thierry Caquet - Scientific Director for the Environment of the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)|
|Philippe Tulkens - Head of Unit climate and planetary boundaries of the DG Research and Innovation at European Commission|
|Thecla Bodewes – Figurehead for the Dutch Water & Maritime Top Sector|
|Maheen Khan – International Climate Resilience Advisor at WWF NL|
|Moderated by Lawrence Jones-Walters , Programme Director Nature Inclusive Transitions at Wageningen University & Research|
|16:00 – 16:15||Call to action Nafsika Makri Makridou, Jr. Designer WUR|
|Closure by Sjoukje Heimovaara|
|16:30 – 18:00||Drinks with (interactive) Europe 2120 Map|