From May 31st to June 13th the European Green Week will take place! Two weeks to raise awareness and knowledge of how pollution affects us all: it is in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the land where we grow food. It is the main environmental cause of several mental and physical illnesses and premature deaths, especially among children, people with certain diseases and the elderly. However, pollution does not affect everyone equally. People living in poorer areas often live near contaminated sites or areas with high traffic density. Pollution is also a major cause of biodiversity loss. It reduces the ability of ecosystems to perform functions such as carbon capture and decontamination.

Participants will also look at other relevant European Green Deal initiatives, such as climate projects, the upcoming chemicals strategy, and other programs in energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity. EU Green Week 2021 will be an opportunity to discuss with all interested parties and citizens how to work together to make the goal of a zero-pollution, toxic-free environment a reality.

The LIFE BEWARE project will join the #EUGreenWeek with the online webinar “Natural Resources Management and Pollution Reduction: Sharing best practices at the local, national and international level which will take place on the 4th of June from 12:15 to 13:40. The webinar is built to share experiences about the sustainable management of natural resources in order to reduce pollution and to increase territorial resilience to climate change. The topics covered by the webinar include best practices for preventing water, soil and air contamination such as Nature-Based Solutions, Water Safety Plans, policies for the conservation and restoration of soils and to reduce air pollution.

The session will be enriched by the contributions of two European funded projects: i) the SOIL4LIFE Project which will focus on the soil as generator of ecosystem services and will face the importance of a European policy framework for the conservation and restoration of healthy soils; ii) the LIFE Prepair Project which will present the actions that are being implemented to reduce air pollution in the Po Valley. Furthermore, the Research Center RIVE of Viacqua spa will talk about the water contamination risk and the Water Safety Plans.

Participation is free of charge, Register to the webinar here!!

The webinar will be in English and it will take place on the Zoom platform and live broadcasted on the LIFE BEWARE project Facebook page.

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