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Biodiversity Conference


The European Biodiversity Conference is an annual high level conference organized by the ELO since 2010. The conference gathers land managers, landowners, policy makers, NGOs and industry representatives to discuss the participation of land users and land managers in the protection of biodiversity, as much as agro businesses and industries, from different angels. 

Every year the conference hosts the Belleuropa Award that honors a Wildlife Estate Label territory which has realized an important step forward to maintain, protect or improve land for the benefit of biodiversity, using agri-environmental measures and achieving significant results from an environmental point of view.


Previous European Biodiversity Conferences 

2017 - "A new CAP: Opportunities and threats for biodiversity"

Tuesday 5th December 2017, European Parliament (Room Alterio Spinelli A3E-2) from 12.30 to 14.30


Speaker's presentations:


Panel Discussion


For the agenda of the day please click here.



2016 - "Biodiversity friendly farming: is organic the future?"

Wednesday 7th December 2016, Residence Palace (rue de la Loi 155, 1000 - Brussels) from 10.00 to 13.00


Speaker's presentations:

Opening speech, Karl-Heinz FLORENZ, MEP & President of the Intergroup Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside


Panel Discussion

Claudia OLAZÁBAL, Head of Unit Natural Capital-Land use and Management, DG ENV, European Commission






2015 – "Managing Europe's carbon stocks for Climate resilient ecosystems"

Wednesday 9th December 2015, Press Club Brussels Europe (rue Froissart 95, 1000 - Brussels) from 15.00 to 19.30


Speakers' presentations:

Opening speech, Thierry de l'ESCAILLE, ELO Secretary General

“Incentivising soil carbon storage in European agriculture” by Alan MATTHEWS, Professor, European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin

“Land use in the Paris Climate Conference (COP21)” by Peter WEHRHEIM, Head of Unit, Climate Finance and deforestation, DG CLIMA, European Commission

“Land use and ambitious climate policies” by Pieter de POUS, Policy Director, EEB

“Maintaining farmed landscapes for Climate Change mitigation/adaptation” by Nathaniel PAGE, Director, Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania


For the agenda of the day please click here.







2014 – “Facing climate change: adapting our land management”

2013 – “Land use: why do we care about biodiversity?”

2012 – “Towards a Green Economy”

2011 – “The 2020 Biodiversity strategy: a public-private partnership for sustainable resource use”

2010 “Sustainable agriculture supporting biodiversity”





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