The LIFE-Nature project ‘Restoring active blanket bog in the Berwyn and Migneint SACs in Wales’ (LIFE06 NAT/UK/000134) has set up a calendar of bog-related events in Wales in 2008.
Based around the blanket bog high above Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, the calendar includes more than 15 events throughout 2008 including:
The LIFE SelfPAs project (LIFE04 ENV/IT/000489 – Self-financing protected areas) is organising its final conference in Rome. The event aims to reflect the results achieved by the project, which was set up to explore alternative self-financing mechanisms for protected areas in support of the conservation and environmental management objectives for which they were originally created. SelfPAs has been implemented through a series of experiences conducted in a group of Italian protected areas presenting different geographical, institutional, environmental and socio-economic characteristics.
Besides a presentation of the LIFE project, the programme will include an economic assessment of ecosystem-services, presentations on marketing and protected areas, externalising services, emergency management, innovative ways of self-financing, and the added value of nature parks.
For more information on the conference see the project website.
After the final conference, which takes place from 9.30-13.00h, the LIFE SelfPAs project will be presented to the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas at its second meeting, organised by the CBD - Convention on Biological Diversity. This will take place at 13.15h at the Rome offices of the FAO. To participate in this event please register with the CBD secretary via the official homepage.
A three day international conference on agriculture and nature conservation is being organised by the BurrenLIFE Project (LIFE04 NAT/IE/000125) on the West Coast of Ireland.
Delegates from across Europe are invited to attend the conference which will be held in the unique “Burren” habitat which is noted as a heritage-rich, but agriculturally-marginal region. Experts from Ireland, Sweden and the UK will gather to discuss some of the key issues and support requirements relating to farming for conservation in agricultural environments like the Burren.
Day 1 will present case studies on farming for conservation, including the work of the BurrenLIFE project. Discussion will cover the practical difficulties associated with farming for conservation, particularly in agriculturally marginal areas. Some of the key support requirements will also be explored.
Day 2 will involve field trips to a number of farms in the Burren area where environmentally sensitive farming is taking place as part of the LIFE project. These field visits will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of farming for conservation in the Burren’s environment.
Day 3 will examine potential models for supporting and delivering farming for conservation, including discussion on marketing of conservation produce and innovative agri-environmental schemes. The conference will conclude with a plenary session assessing future opportunities for conservation farming in the Burren and elsewhere across Europe.
Further information and a registration form for the conference is available from the BurrenLIFE project website.