World Environment Day 2020

Time for Nature & The Year of Biodiversity

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June and is internationally recognised as a day for global environmental action, with more than 143 countries participating annually. Since 1974, it has invited governments, businesses, and citizens to come together to focus on the most pressing environmental issues.

This year’s theme is biodiversity. Environmental action organisations remind global leaders of the fragile interdependence of humans and the natural world. Biodiversity supports almost every aspect of human life, including the provision of clean air and water, nutritious foods, natural disease resistance and climate change mitigation. To sustain our planet, there is a need to reverse the loss of biodiversity, reduce pollution levels, and encourage greener business models and more sustainable farming.


Managing and protecting the environment – as well as understanding our changing climate – requires robust and reliable measurements. A foundation of reliable measurements is essential to allow scientists to monitor environmental parameters accurately, and to provide policymakers with quality-assured data for evidence-based decision making. From observing subtle changes in temperature and acidity in our oceans, to studying forest structures and carbon storage; EURAMET’s environmental metrology projects cover a broad spectrum. Both of EURAMET’s European Metrology Research Programmes (EMRP and EMPIR) have helped to create a platform for collaboration between metrology institutes, academia and industry to address environmental, biodiversity and climate-related challenges.

EURAMET’s European Metrology Network for Climate and Ocean Observation (EMN COO) has solidified European metrological support for environmental policymakers. The network focuses specifically on the integration of measurement science with climate and ocean observation research, where influential environmental bodies like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have highlighted the need for coordinated international governance to adapt to the unprecedented effects of climate change - for example, on the aquatic and frozen parts of our planet, as outlined in the latest (2019) IPCC report.  

To learn more about EURAMET’s recent environmental projects, please visit our Impact page.

To follow the conversation about measurements for biodiversity and the environment, please look out for our hashtag #measurementsfornature on Twitter and LinkedIn.

EMPIR projects are co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the EMPIR Participating States.
EMRP projects have been jointly funded by the EMRP participating countries within EURAMET and the European Union.

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