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24 November 2011
Capitals of Biodiversity – European municipalities lead the way in local biodiversity protection
Brussels, Belgium
- The Liaison Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen - South Tyrol
The tenth Breakfast at Sustainability’s (B@S) was entitled, Capitals of Biodiversity – European municipalities lead the way in local biodiversity protection, and addressed topics related to sustainable urban development. Issues central to the work of public authorities were up for discussion, including climate change, waste management, land use, social responsibility, water, transport and energy.

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, officially awarded the winners of the European Capitals of Biodiversity competition, as B@S number 10 marked the grand finale of the competition. Over 500 municipalities from France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain participated in the contest, which honoured municipalities engaging in innovative biodiversity practices.

The event gave participants the opportunity to learn from the successes of other cities in the area of biodiversity protection. Furthermore, a line-up of speakers that included Isabelle Durant, Member of the European Parliament, offered expert insight into the challenges facing local governments in the implementation of progressive biodiversity policies.


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