The winners of the 21 “Best” LIFE-Environment projects 2007-2008, including the five “Best of the Best” projects, will receive their awards at a special ceremony held during Green Week 2008 in Brussels. The awards will take place on Wednesday 04 June 2008 at 14.00-16.00 in the "Salle Polak", Residence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, on the opposite side of the Charlemagne Building of the European Commission.
Participants are advised to register in advance at the Green Week conference website in order to facilitate access.
Only one Earth – don’t waste it! This is the message of this year’s Green Week conference, which takes place in Brussels on 3-6 June 2008. Behind the problems of climate change, natural resources scarcity and pollution there are underlying issues about production, consumption and waste disposal. Focusing on these key issues, Green Week 2008 will provide a unique opportunity for debate, exchange of experiences and best practices.
The event, to be held in the Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, is open to the public, businesses, various levels of government and non-governmental organisations. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.
SERI 2008 is a major event which brings together all the players in the world of research and innovation. It provides visitors from all sectors of industry, finance, education and public institutions with an in-depth analysis of current affairs relevant to the planet today, in particular R&D/R&I and innovation for sustainable development.
Seventy two key figures, including top international personalities, are participating in this year's event. A programme of panels and conferences will be based on twelve themes. Some of the themes are of direct relevance to the LIFE programme, for example sustainable construction and the urban environment, the future of energy in the world (biomass, biofuels, renewable marine energies etc), adapting agriculture to climate change etc. In addition to the exhibition hall, visitors will be able to visit the TV set (debating area), l'Agora and the conference areas.
Further information about the conference is available on the European Research and Innovation Exhibition website.
One of the major challenges in the implementation of European legislation in the field of nature conservation is the management of large carnivores, especially after the enlargement of the European Union and due to the increase in the number of Member States with larger populations of carnivores. Related to these issues, the European Commission initiated drawing up guidelines on how to manage large carnivores in population level, which included broad discussions at the national level. At the final conference in Slovenia, the guidelines will be presented in their final version. The event will be organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning in cooperation with the European Commission, the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE), the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation and the Slovenia Forestry Service.
For more information, to see the conference programme or the already published abstracts, visit the conference website.
With the completion of the LIFE Nature project “Near-natural river dynamics on the River Ems in Lower Saxony“ (LIFE03 NAT/D/000006), a conference will take place in June to present the results of the last four years’ work aimed at conserving and developing typical and original elements of the Ems River and its floodplain. The event will take place on a tour boat on the Ems, allowing participants to discover the project sites and learn more about the project while sailing on the river.
The trip starts at 10h in Salzbergen Hanekenfähr and finishes at 16h in Lingen Hanekenfähr, Participants will be returned to Salzbergen by bus at the end of the river cruise.
To register and to find out more information about the project and conference, please visit the project website.
The Eurosite Annual Conference 2008 is hosted by Natural Heritage Services of Metsähallitus, the City of Turku and the Association for Traditional Rural Landscapes in South West Finland. The event includes a one-day seminar (June 11), the Eurosite Annual General Assembly (June 12), and excursions to various sites of interest throughout the conference. The theme of the seminar day (June 11) is “Ecosystem Services”. The programme aims to explore how different Ecosystem Services – including provisioning services, regulating services, cultural services, supporting services and preserving services – relate to Eurosite members and affect their work. Themes selected for working group discussion include: “Habitat/Ecosystem Management and Restoration”; “Forestry and Ecosystem Services”; and “Tourism – Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods”. Planned excursions include walking tours through the Kurjenrahka National Park (a raised bog and restoration area) and the Askala landscape in the Paimionjoki river valley (a Natura 2000 site).
The deadline for registrations is Wednesday 30 April 2008
For further information, please visit the website.
The European Centre for River Restoration is hosting its fourth international conference aiming to increase collaboration and exchange between organisations and individuals working in or around river restoration. River restoration is a priority issue for water authorities and river managers in Europe, particularly in the context of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). It is a challenging topic that covers issues such as ecology, hydrology, geomorphology and economics.
The event aims to disseminate the most promising applied research solutions and to share experiences and ideas between practitioners for developing successful river restoration strategies.
There will be keynote speeches from experts - particularly from the research field - and the event will host thematic sections around issues including:
A post-conference field trip will be organised to visit the Tagliamento and Drava rivers in Italy and Austria respectively.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15th January 2008. The registration deadline is 31 May 2008.
The LIFE project “Conservation of the French populations of Orsini’s Viper” (LIFE06 NAT/F/000143) is organising a three-day workshop to summarise current research and knowledge on Vipera ursinii, to discuss different ongoing conservation strategies, and to establish an international network for the conservation of the species.
The workshop will include an exchange of experiences with other LIFE projects from Hungary, Romania and France, as well as a visit to some of the viper’s habitats.
The OPTIMIZAGUA LIFE project (LIFE03 ENV/E/000164) will be featured at EXPO ZARAGOZA 2008. The project, which has successfully demonstrated an optimised irrigation system to rationalise water use, has been selected as one of the case studies to be presented in the frame of the Thematic Week on Water and Cities on 27 June 2008, 11.30-13.30h. One of 10 Thematic Weeks, the Water and Cities event will address several crucial topics, including water efficiency in cities; city models; new technologies; urban landscape; the role of civil society; uncertainty and climate change; and the role of city networks.