The LIFE Nature HELA project (LIFE06 NAT/B/000085) will hold a nature “treasure hunt” for families on Wednesday 01 December in the Grenspark De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide on the Belgian/Dutch border. The event takes the form of a three-hour walk in which children and adults will be accompanied by Graai the jay, Pluim the squirrel and Ritske the mole, among other heathland characters.
The walk is free of charge and children are encouraged to bring empty boxes and jars and take their research material home to open their own “nature collection museum”. A fully-equipped collector's backpack is available at the event for €5 (inc. VAT).
More information on the treasure hunt, which is organised by NEC De Vroente, is available at: www.devroente.be
The LIFE Nature HELA project is targeting the cross-border restoration of continental dunes on a 180 ha site. Further information on the project is available on this page.
Energy crops, food crops: do we have to choose? (“Cultures Énergétiques, cultures alimentaires: faudra-t-il choisir?”), is the title of a round table being organised by the LIFE “Green Pellets” project (LIFE07 ENV/F/000178) on the 20 December in Retiers, France. The event will focus in particular on the risks associated with energy crops for the region of Pays de Vitré – Porte de Bretagne (FR). The LIFE “Green Pellets” project (2009-2011) aims to demonstrate that new dedicated energy herbaceous crops, such as miscanthus (a high yield crop), can constitute an effective, sustainable and eco-friendly bioenergy source for heating. The project also aims to demonstrate the potential of such crops to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in western France. Participants in the round table will include the local French energy agency, AILE, the project beneficiary, as well as the project partner, Coopedom. Other interested participate are also invited to participate. To register, please contact AILE at e-mail: email@example.com or Tel : +33 02 99 54 63 23 by 10 December at the latest.
Further details on the LIFE Green Pellets project are available on the websummary.