October 26, 2010: Four European Capitals of Biodiversity were crowned in Japan

The four European Capitals of Biodiversity 2010 were officially honoured at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10), currently underway in Nagoya, Japan. The winning ‘Capitals of Biodiversity’ are Grande Synthe in France, Tata in Hungary, El Real Sitio de San Ildefonso in Spain, and Želiezovce in Slovakia. They showcased their achievements and were officially honoured at the “City Biodiversity Summit”, a side-event at COP10. This year’s winners have demonstrated outstanding commitment and “show a very high standard of biodiversity protection” says Oliver Hillel, Programme Officer in the CBD Secretariat and member of the project’s International Advisory Board. “If many municipalities around the globe take their lead and show a similar dedication, we can finally achieve some significant progress in fighting the loss of biodiversity.”