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Events: January 2012

Movie night captures conservation success of four German projects

26 January, Hamm (Germany)


The “Lippe-Aue” LIFE project (LIFE05/D/000057) is holding a cinema evening on 26 January at 8pm at the Cineplex Hamm. The evening will show four films of LIFE Nature projects undertaken in several German regions. The movie night has been arranged to coincide with a workshop for representatives of the projects at the castle Oberwerries, 25-27 January.

The workshop, which is being hosted by the Lippe-Aue project under the auspices of the environmental agency of Hamm and the project partners Lipperverband, the districts of Warendorf and Soest, and the biological environmental working group Soest eV, is an opportunity for the beneficiaries and partners to learn from one another and to share experiences.

The opening 20-minute film of the Lippe-Aue project shows the various conservation activities carried out in the Lippe floodplain, which is home to many endangered plants and animals, including the bird species, corncrake (Crex crex), kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) and marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), and the fish species, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), river lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) and asp (Aspius aspius).

The project restored the floodplain along 17 km of the river Lippe, creating new oxbows, flood channels and shallow ponds as well as removing river bank stabilisations. As a result, favourable alluvial habitats for a high number of threatened species were created. Moreover, areas of intensive land use were transformed to more ‘natural’ extensive grassland areas and alluvial forests.


6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

31 January, Tampa, Florida (USA)


Submit your proposal for the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration at Deadline is February 1, 2012.

The Conference will be a dynamic and exciting opportunity for you to share your successes and lessons learned in all realms of coastal habitat restoration, and learn from others.  

The overarching theme of "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities" highlights the interwoven nature of coastal ecosystems and the communities that rely on them. Within this theme, we are seeking proposals for sessions, presentations, and posters that relate to one or more of the following topics: 

  • The intersection of habitat restoration and community; how one strengthens the other
  • The "how-to" of restoration--the basic tenets, techniques, and efforts associated with implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration
  • Integrating restoration science, technology, and planning
  • Large-scale coastal and estuarine habitat restoration
  • The roles of policy and funding in coastal and estuarine habitat restoration

For general Conference information go to : 6th National Conference.   

Major Infrastructure and biodiversity meeting

31 January, Paris (France)


As part of the LIFE+ project, ‘European Campaign for Business and Biodiversity’, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Eiffage Group are hosting meetings of European stakeholders in the areas of construction and the environment. The meetings will be on the theme: ‘Major Infrastructure and biodiversity: the protection of species in the restoration of ecological services.’

These meetings invite the construction and public work sectors to share the visions of its stakeholders, to exchange best practices and to discuss operational solutions that take into account issues related to the protection of biodiversity.

Read more here (in French)


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