The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is to hold a conference in April of next year in Rovigo, Italy on climate protection and renewable energy strategies for small and medium-sized communities.
The conference is in the main a capacity-building event aiming to transfer good practice and know-how on climate strategies from experienced and successful communities to as many communities as possible.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a worldwide association of more than 700 local governments (180 in Europe) dedicated to sustainable development.
The conference is sponsored by ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign, a world-wide movement of local governments that adopt measures that reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and develop climate-change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
The LIFE-Environment project "AMELIE" (LIFE05 ENV/F/000053) is dealing with the reliability and industrialisation of processes and equipment in electronic assembly, particularly with respect to the aeronautical and spatial sectors. A key objective of the project is the design, development and validation of lead-free industrial assembly lines in compliance with the RoHS and WEEE European Directives.
The closing conference will provide an opportunity to learn about the results of the AMELIE project which finishes in May 2008 and another one (GEAMCOS - LIFE05 ENV/F/000083) on the same subject, which is running until February 2009.
A workshop on "Management of LIFE-NATURE projects in Germany" is being organized by the State Office for Environment Brandenburg, which is running the LIFE-Nature project "Conservation and development of inland salt meadows in Brandenburg, Germany" (LIFE05 NAT/D/000111) in cooperation with the Foundation "Naturschutzfonds Brandenburg".
The workshop will provide an opportunity for the exchange of experiences and networking with other LIFE projects in Germany. It will focus on issues related to management, project implementation with stakeholders, technical implementation and public awareness raising in LIFE projects.
The venue is located close to River Oder in Lebus / Brandenburg / Germany ("Landeslehrstätte für Natur und Umwelt Oderberge Lebus").
For further information about the workshop, consult the "Binnensalzstellen Brandenburgs" project's website (in German only).
On the eastern Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Albufera de Valencia Natural Park is one of the last sites with a well preserved dune system. The chains of shifting and stabilised dunes form a natural barrier between the shallow lagoon and adjacent sea. The sea Juniper (Juniperys oxycedrus subsp. macrocarpa), which is dioecious, (with separate male and female plants) is a typical species found in this area.
However, over the years, urban development has destroyed part of the sand dunes and threatened the reproduction of the Juniper species. A first LIFE-Nature project (LIFE00/NAT/E/7339) reversed some of the negative effects of the urban development. However, to achieve a complete restoration of the area, a second LIFE-Nature project “Recovery of the littoral sand dunes with Juniper spp in Valencia” - LIFE04 NAT/ES/000044 ran from October 2004 until December 2007.
To learn about the results of the project and the methodology used, the beneficiary is organising an electronic conference from 15, 16 and 17 of April. Anybody who is interested can take part in a online and real time forum.
For further information and to register, visit the ENEBRO website.
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the European Parliament and the Committtee of the Regions are jointly organising a seminar which will focus on the impact and perspectives for the Natura 2000 network from the regional point of view. The event includes keynote speeches by the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Stravros Dimas and Regional Policy, Mrs Danuta Hübner and case studies across Europe which illustrate conflicts of interest and the lessons learnt.
For further information, consult the programme.
This all day event will address the basics of LIFE+, LIFE project examples, and will have working groups on the themes of nature/biodiversity, environment policy and governance and information and communication.
Beta Technology, the national contact point for LIFE+ in the UK, will be giving a presentation.
The event aims to attract between 50 – 100 delegates from all parts of the West Midlands, including local government, agencies, and universities.
For further information, visit the Beta Technology website.
The municipality of Lucca in Toscany, is organising the final conference of the LIFE-CEDM project (LIFE05 ENV/IT/000870). The project aimed to implement innovative models and solutions for city logistics, targeting significant reductions in the environmental impacts of freight traffic in the city centre. As well as the presentation of the LIFE-CEDM project results, the conference programme includes a debate on logistics and management schemes for urban mobility, an exchange of national and European experiences, and a visit to the LIFE project site.
For more information and the programme, visit the project website.