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Events: November 2012

River restoration workshop

05 November 2012, Bolzano, Italy

Photo: LIFE09 INF/UK/000032

A RESTORE workshop, ‘River restoration in the river basin management plans (RBMPs)’ will be held on 5 November, 2012, in Bolzano, Italy. The RESTORE LIFE project, (LIFE09 INF/UK/000032), is organising the event in recognition that the objectives of the Water Framework Directive must be met in the next three years.

The workshop will address barriers limiting the adoption of river restoration measures in the RBMPs and is part of the second Italian Conference on River Restoration.

The ongoing project, ‘RESTORE - Rivers: Engaging, Supporting and Transferring knOwledge for Restoration in Europe’, is developing a network of policymakers, river basin planners, practitioners and experts across Europe to share information and good practice on river restoration activities. It is being implemented by the UK’s Environment Agency.

For more information, e-mail Riccardo Sedola:

Identifying critical marine areas for bottlenose dolphin workshop

06-08 November, Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal

Poster:LIFE07 NAT/P/000646

The Madeira Whale Museum is organizing a Workshop in the framework of the project CETACEOSMADEIRA II - “Identifying critical marine areas for bottlenose dolphin and surveillance of the cetaceans’ conservation status in Madeira archipelago” (LIFE07 NAT/P/000646)

Objectives of the workshop are:

  • To bring people involved in other LIFE projects, which share similar type of objectives.
  • to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences related with conservation of cetaceans, the marine environment and Natura 2000 marine sites.
  • Gather an input from experienced researchers, managers and stakeholders.

  To register, please send an email to:

"Conservation of Cereal Steppe" seminary

07-08 November, Castro Verde, Portugal

Photo: LIFE09 INF/UK/000032

Within the LIFE Project “Conservation of the Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Lesser Kestrel in the Baixo Alentejo cereal steppe” (LIFE07 NAT/P/654), LPN – Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (Portugal) is preparing the Seminary “Conservation of Cereal Steppe”, that will occur in the 7th and 8th of November 2012, in Castro Verde, Portugal.

This seminary will give attendees an overview of the impact that the LIFE project had on the intervention area, with the presentation of its final results, and it will be a dynamic and exciting opportunity for sharing successes and lessons learned during this project and others developed in Portugal and Spain. It aims to promote knowledge exchange about conservation of cereal steppe and its species. This exchange of expertise will improve knowledge and mutual learning.

The event will also include a field trip, a presentation of plays and an exhibition of the works made in schools during the project.

Registration for the seminary is free but required. For more information, contact or visit the website

Farmland Biodiversity Conference

14-15 November 2012, Tartu, Estonia

Photo: LIFE00 NAT/EE/007083

The Estonian Agricultural Research Centre and Ministry of Agriculture are holding the Baltic Sea Regional Conference under the title Quo Vadis, Farmland Biodiversity?, 14-15 November 2012, in Tartu (Estonia).

The conference will start by considering the current state of play in the Baltic region with regards to biodiversity and high nature value (HNV) farming, and exploring means for understanding, monitoring and evaluating it. The event will bring together a range of regional stakeholders with an active interest in farmland biodiversity, including policy-makers, policy evaluators, scientists and experts.

The second day of the conference will focus on solutions for preserving farmland biodiversity, including the potential for common objectives and approaches. The experiences of projects run under CAP, RDP and LIFE will be presented and explored to identify good practices and possible ways forward. In particular, this aims to start the process towards a common regional position regarding appropriate biodiversity measures for CAP 2013+.

Participants are invited to submit case study information as well as any other relevant information or posters in preparation for the conference. For more details and for registration visit the project website or contact Participation is free, but numbers are limited and costs must be covered by the participant.

OPERA 'local strategies for air quality' conference in Strasbourg

15 November 2012, Strasbourg, France


The second OPERA LIFE+ conference will take place on 15 November, 2012, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The conference, which will focus on the optimisation of local strategies for air quality , is an opportunity for the project to share, discuss and review with end users and stakeholders (regional administrations and environment ministries, etc) the first beta version of the tools that are being developed. The first results from the Alsace and Emilia-Romagna regions will also be presented in order to check whether the requirements set out at the first annual conference in Bologna last year are being met.

The main goal of the 'OPERA' project (LIFE09 ENV/IT/092) is to develop a methodology, a software (RIAT+) and the relative guidelines to support regional policies on national and European actions for compliance with air quality standards.
The meeting will include a panel of technicians, policy makers and scientists directly involved in air quality management. It will be translated simultaneously into English, French and German.
Register before 1 October 2012: the number of places is restricted, so early registration is recommended. For more details, visit or email Lioba Markl-Hummel (

As the conference is taking place in the European Parliament, you will be asked to declare certain personal data (name, address, number of your identity card/passport or driving license that you will present when you enter into the European Parliament etc.). If you come with your computer you will be asked to fill out a form with the references of your computer. You can also register for the visit of the hemicycle during one coffee break.

Conference on illegal poisoning

15-17 November, Córdoba, Spain

Photo:LIFE09 NAT/ES/000533

15 November 2012 An international conference on illegal poisoning will take place on 15-17 November at the Córdoba Congress Centre.

The conference – 'International scientific and technical congress on the illegal use of poison baits in the natural environment: Effects on biodiversity and society' – is being organised under the framework of the LIFE project (LIFE09 NAT/ES/000533).

The current project, which focuses on innovative actions in EU Mediterranean pilot areas, is being carried by the Andulasia-focused nature conservation NGO, Fundación Gypaetus. It is aiming to implement, monitor, assess and spread innovative and demonstrative actions that significantly improve current strategies for combating illegal poisoning in the EU. The conference will begin with an address by Javier Madrid Rojo, General Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of the Government of Andalucía and will feature presentations by other government officials, research scientists and stakeholders, as well as the experiences of other relevant LIFE projects.

All aspects of illegal poisoning will be covered, including legal aspects, forensic techniques, the ecology of predators, and hunting and livestock management.

Read More on the conference here.

International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD)

19-20 November, Thessaloniki, Greece

Photo: LIFE08 ENV/GR/000569

The LIFE+ Environment project 'BIOFUELS-2G' (LIFE08 ENV/GR/000569) is holding a two-day conference on biofuels in Thessaloniki. Dubbed 'Bio4SuD', the event on 19-20 November 2012 will involve six renowned plenary speakers and more than 40 technical presentations from 11 countries. 

The aims of the conference are to: highlight promising R&D activities in the field of biofuels production; present demonstration projects involving key second and third generation biofuels production technologies; promote networking between academic and industrial stakeholders; and initiate public-private partnerships.

Among the subjects covered during the two days will be: EU biofuels policy, projects and objectives; advances and challenges of first generation biofuels; (the path) towards future biofuels; refinery-friendly biofuels technologies; bioethanol and sustainability; and waste conversion technologies.

There will also be a poster session throughout the two days.

Further information, including a full conference programme, is available at:

The 'BIOFUELS-2G' project aims to produce second generation biofuels by recycling used cooking oil from restaurants and homes in Thessaloniki instead of disposing of it in the sewerage system. The feedstock (cooking oil) will be hydrotreated and the resulting second generation biofuel used in a refuse collection lorry in Thessaloniki. 

The project, which kicked off in January 2010 and is due to be completed at the end of this year, involves an innovative public-private partnership between a municipality, a research organisation and a university. Local enterprises are also being mobilised to provide the raw material for the fuel production.

Miniwaste Final Conference

20-21 November, Rennes (France)

LIFE08 ENV/F/000486

The final conference of the LIFE project, ‘Miniwaste’ (LIFE08 ENV/F/000486), will take place in Rennes during the European Week for Waste Reduction. This one-and-a-half-day event held in French and English will present the results of the project and highlight efficient bio-waste prevention tools and strategies for cities and regions.

The Miniwaste project brought together the local authorities of Rennes Métropole (France), Brno (Czech Republic) and Lipor (the urban area of Porto, Portugal), along with ACR+ (the European network of cities and regions on waste and resource management) and Irstea (a French research centre on composting), to demonstrate tools for minimising organic waste.

Aimed at bio-waste experts and public authorities and European Commission officials, the conference will include plenary sessions and workshops. The sessions will give an overview of the bio-waste minimisation initiatives that have been carried out by the project. They will also be an opportunity to debate various bio-waste management strategies, from waste prevention solutions to centralised bio-waste management.

The workshops, which will be held in French and English, will offer smaller groups in-depth training on four aspects of bio-waste prevention: composting, kitchen waste, garden waste and the use of the monitoring tools developed by the project.

Attendees will also have the opportunity during the conference to test the computerised monitoring tool for bio-waste prevention activities.

Download the final conference programme here.

To register, follow this link.
For more information, email

GREENLYSIS Final Workshop

29 November, Barcelona (Spain)

LIFE08 ENV/F/000486

The Final Workshop for the LIFE project ‘GREENLYSIS’ (LIFE08 ENV/ E/000118) will be held in Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona at the CETaqua Water Technology Centre.

The workshop is an opportunity to present the results of the project and exchange knowledge and experience of reducing the environmental footprint of a wastewater treatment plant by separating water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis powered by renewable energies. The project demonstrated that the oxygen released from the water during electrolysis can be pressurised and used to purify the waste stream, while the hydrogen produced can be collected and used to power the treatment plant.

The workshop will feature guest speakers from relevant associations and related research institutes, including project partners, CIRSEE (le centre International de Recherche Sur l'eau et l'Environnement de SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT) and SAFT Baterías.

For a full programme of the workshop, visit the project website.


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