Debate corner: COVID-19 and the environment

Article Published 07 Sep 2020 Last modified 16 Oct 2020
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Photo: © Sebastian Škoić, REDISCOVER Nature/EEA
How has the pandemic affected Europe's environment and climate? What can we expect in the months and years to come? What can be done to ensure that post-COVID economic recovery measures are fully aligned with Europe's long-term environment and climate goals? From latest knowledge developments to long-term policy considerations, the COVID-19 debates aim to bring expert knowledge and reflections on this topic to wider audiences.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) and Network of the Heads of European Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA Network) are planning a series of virtual high-level debates, focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 and the challenges the pandemic poses to meeting long-term climate and environment goals.

Each debate will be streamed live on the EEA's Facebook page. A selection of questions by our social media followers will be put forth to our panel. The debates will be recorded and made available afterwards through this platform as well as our social media channels. 

Next debate:

22 October 2020, 14.00 - 15.00 (CEST)

COVID-19 and nature  the Planetary Boundaries


Ester Asin Director, European Policy Office, WWF

Prof. Carsten Rahbek Director - Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity, University of Copenhagen

Moderator:  Hans Bruyninckx | EEA Executive Director

You can join the live Zoom meeting or get more information on the event page on the EEA's Facebook channel. 

Debates overview



Event title


9 September 2020

A Sustainable Recovery — National Perspectives

Dirk Messner | President, German Environment Agency UBA

Hans Mommaas | Director-General, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency PBL

Watch the debate recording

24 September 2020
14.00-15.00 CEST

A Sustainable Recovery and the Green Deal — the EU Perspective

Sarah Nelen | Deputy Head of Cabinet Timmermans, European Commission

Jutta Paulus | Member of the European Parliament 

Watch the debate recording

8 October 2020
14.00-15.00 CEST

A Sustainable Recovery — the Scientific Perspective

Prof. Tim Lenton Director of Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter

Prof. Geert Schoeters | Flemish Institute for Technological Research VITO, University of Antwerp, EEA Scientific Committee Vice Chair 

Watch the debate recording

22 October 2020
14.00-15.00 CEST

COVID-19 and nature — the Planetary boundaries

Ester Asin | Director, European Policy Office, WWF 

Prof. Carsten Rahbek | Director Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity University of Copenhagen 

Join Zoom meeting or see event page for live streaming information

5 November 2020
14.00-15.00 CET

COVID-19 and air quality-transport

19 November 2020
14.00-15.00 CET

COVID-19 and environmental health

3 December 2020
14.00-15.00 CET

COVID-19 and climate change

17 December 2020
14.00-15.00 CET

Europe's environment in a post-COVID world — Strategic reflections

Information about upcoming events will be regularly updated and shared on this page.

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