Invasive alien species (IAS) cost the EU an estimated EUR 12 billion per year, prompting the European Commission to push for an EU-wide approach to tackle the issue. The phenomenon, which occurs when plants and animals are deliberately or unintentionally introduced by human action to a new environment where they establish, reproduce and proliferate, is causing serious problems for biodiversity. The dedicated legal instrument aims to tackle the problem through a new harmonised system and a shift from “cure” to “prevention”.
This clip illustrates the qualities that helped the German city of Hamburg become the 2011 European Green Capital, in a competition created by the European Commission in 2008 to recognise cities with good track records and ambitious plans to improve their environment.
The clip highlights how Hamburg balances economic and environmental development. The next European Green Capitals will be Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) for 2012 and Nantes (France) for 2013.
The 2014 European Green Capital is being selected this year, with entries open now until 14 October. By placing this 1 min. 18 sec. clip on your website, you will help to raise awareness of the European Green Capital Award.
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