Identifying and conserving the high nature value ancient olive groves in the Mediterranean region is the main goal of the LIFE+ CentOliMed project. It is also the theme of the opening session of a public meeting, hosted by the Italian region of Apulia, as part of the MEDITERRE 2012 exhibition. The event will include participants from the ongoing LIFE+ project (located in the region of Puglia) as well as from Greece, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and Lebanon.
Following this first session, there will be discussions about the implementation of the Italian regional law (no.14/2007) concerning the protection of such ancient olive groves (AOGs) and including a governance model for the high nature value farmland (HNVF) olive-growing area of Torre Guaceto, (Brindisi) being developed by the LIFE+ project. Representatives of local stakeholders will also be invited to participate. Find out more about the public meeting here (in Italian). Read more about the 2009-2012 LIFE+ project here.
Participants will also be able to collect a copy of a recent LIFE Focus brochure targeting this sector, “LIFE among the Olives”. This popular new publication is published in four language versions (EN, EL,IT, ES) and is also available from the publications section of the LIFE website.
The ‘PVCFreeBloodBag’ project (LIFE10 ENV/SE/000037) will be holding a Kick-Off Seminar in Copenhagen, 7-8 February. The event will be an opportunity to find out more about the project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using blood bags that are free of PVC. Such bags represent a step towards implementing the EU’s REACH directive that controls the use of chemicals.
At the seminar, associate professor Hans Gulliksson from Karolinska University Hospital will talk about transfusion medicine. The presence of PVC in blood bags causes exposure to DEHP plasticiser and PVC plastics during blood transfusions.
The first objective of the PVCFreeBloodBag project is to demonstrate that public healthcare organisations and private plastics manufacturers can co-operate in removing barriers to a PVC-free blood bag. Plastics manufactures Melitek, Wipak, Totax and Haemotronic will give presentations at the seminar. In addition, Raul Carlson, eco2win, will talk about the Life Cycle Assessment of the PVC bag and other speakers will address the question of why and how PVC should be removed from healthcare.
The food we eat is at the heart of many key health and environmental problems. LiveWell for LIFE (LIFE 10/ENV/UK/000173) is a new LIFE+ Environment project promoting a healthier and more sustainable diet among Europeans. The project, a partnership between WWF-UK, WWF European Policy Office and Friends of Europe, is holding its launch event on 28 February at the Hotel Sofitel, Brussels.
Representatives from national and European institutions, businesses, industry and academia will join the panel debate. Tony Long, Director of the WWF European Policy Office and Catherine Bearder, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development are among the main speakers.
The debate will examine the following questions:
Establishing a European network of food stakeholders is also one of the key issues on the agenda, as the project will engage with a broad range of individuals and organisations representing the different sectors in the food supply chain across the pilot countries and throughout the EU. Visit the project website for more information.
Over the next three years the project will work with policy makers, industry representatives, research bodies and health and environmental organisations to establish the viability of EU-wide introduction of a ‘LiveWell plate’. This will be achieved by testing and evaluating the tool in three pilot countries: Sweden, Spain and France.