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”.
Europe is now an essentially urban society, with four out of five Europeans living in towns and cities. Most of the environmental challenges facing our society originate from urban areas, but it is also these urban areas that bring together the commitment and innovation needed to resolve them.
Starting in 2010, one European city will be selected each year as the European Green Capital of the year. The award is given to a city that:
This video gives an introduction to Bristol (UK). Nominated as a finalist for 2010 and 2011, the city has benefitted extensively from the attention that it has gained as a result of this success. It has now been labelled the 'UK's Greenest City', and as a result its people are proud, its hotels are fuller than before and innovative industries are flocking to the area.
Cities are at the heart of Europe's society and economy. As the European Green Capital Award takes off, the continent’s cleanest and most environmentally committed cities now have the chance to shine and gain the recognition that their efforts deserve.
To find out more about this award, please visit the 'Weblinks' below.
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