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Events: October 2012

Italian GAIA project conference

11 October 2012, Brussels (Belgium)


The LIFE 'GAIA' project, (LIFE09 ENV/IT/000074), is holding a conference, 10.30 am to 1 pm at the Tirolo – Alto Adige – Trentino Representation Office in Brussels on 11 October.

The conference will give attendees an overview of the impact that the LIFE project is having on the Bologna area. The project is demonstrating a model of cooperation between the public and private sectors for reducing CO2 emissions, and promoting green and sustainable growth in urban areas.

The event will also include a presentation by Stanislaw Gawronski, ­ a professor at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, on ‘Why trees are useful to mitigate CO2 and air pollutants?’ as well as contributions from experts on climate change adaptation.

The ‘Gaia’ project, which is aiming to plant 3 000 trees in an urban area, is raising awareness on local strategies for green growth that are transferable to other regions of Europe. The project is coordinated by the municipality of Bologna and four project partners: IBIMET CNR (Institute of Biometeorology), Impronta Etica, Cittalia and Unindustria.

Registration for the conference is required. For more information, email Simone d’Antonio


Grand Prix Natura 2000

17-19 October 2012, Paris (France)


The French ministry for ecology, sustainable development and energy is holding a price-giving event to commemorate 20 years of Natura 2000. The event will be held at 2pm, 15 October at  the department of civil aviation, 50 rue Henry-Farman, 75720 Paris, Cedex 15.

The price giving will be proceeded by a roundtable discussion featuring Stefan Leiner, (DG Environment), Philippe Girardin, (PNR Ballon des Vosges), Bruno Mounier, (Fédé des CREN), Pascal Ferey, (FNSEA) and Jean-Marc Michel (or Odile Gauthier or Lucile Rambaud) (MEDDE/DGALN). It was also be followed by a cocktail reception from 6pm.

To register, email or
For more information: +33 (0)1 4081 3139/3140

SEMEAU project final conference

17-19 October 2012, Vulcania, Clermont-Ferrand (France)


The French LIFE+ Environment SEMEAU project – “Application of the Water Framework Directive through the implementation of an expert system providing a total modelling of a water mass” (LIFE07 ENV/F/000173) will present its final results during an international conference it is organising entitled: “How to reconcile forestry activities and local development with the protection of surface and groundwater resources”.

The (2009-2012) project is dedicated to the development of a methodology meeting this ambition. The project’s final results will be presented at the three-day conference, which will be held in French and English (simultaneous translation).

Download the conference programme. Visit the website for further information.

EUROPARC Conference 2012

22-25 October, GENK, (BELGIUM)

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EUROPARC is organising its annual conference 2012 on the theme of (Re)Connecting society with biodiversity.

The (Re)Connection model challenges us to think and act beyond the boundaries of one's own nature reserve. The focus is on a broader perspective for the whole region, integrating biodiversity in society and the workplace along with all stakeholders and target groups for more far reaching results.

The EUROPARC Conference we will also be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Natura 2000 and the LIFE programme highlighting the qualities of European nature and landscapes.

Read the programme.

Register online on the conference website (registrations made before the 31st August are offered at a reduced fee)

International conference on habitat connectivity

21-24 October, Potsdam-Berlin (Germany)


The IENE 2012 international conference and practical field excursions on ecology and transportation will be held from 21-24 October 2012 in Potsdam-Berlin, Germany. The conference, whose theme this year is ‘Safeguarding ecological functions across transport infrastructure’, is being organised by the Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE) in cooperation with the German Federal Government and the Swedish Transport Administration. Some 200 experts and decision-makers from four continents are expected to discuss best practices for ecologically sustainable infrastructure.

The event starts with a visit to the sites of the three leading habitat reconnection projects in Germany, including one of the sites of the BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany project) ‘Safety Net for the European wildcat’ in Thuringia. This large-scale project is aiming to restore a network of forest habitats that total 20 000 km in length – one of the largest forest corridor networks in Central Europe.

The wildcat initiative is benefitting from activities carried out as part of ‘Netze des Lebens’ (LIFE08 INF/D/000032), a LIFE Information & Communication project that BUND launched in 2008. The goal of ‘Netze des Lebens’ (“Networks of life”) is to raise awareness and increase acceptance of the necessity of connecting forest ecosystems, thereby creating corridors for migratory species, such as the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris).

The ‘Safety Net for the European wildcat’ project is mapping migration routes for the species using results from studies on wildcat habitat use. The project, which incorporates forest connections to neighbouring countries, offers a model for biotope networking across national borders. Meetings have been held with experts from neighbouring countries, such as Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland.

The German wildcat population is estimated at just 5 000-7 000 individuals; populations in neighbouring Poland and the Czech Republic have already become extinct. Owing to its endangered status, the European wildcat was chosen by BUND to represent many other forest species threatened by landscape fragmentation in Europe.

Hubert Weiger, the chairman of BUND, said: "Our wildcat corridor project proves that in alliance with local communities, reconnecting forest areas is a feasible task. Aided by volunteers and supported by authorities, politicians, and land users, we are able to relink the rare old-growth deciduous forests – a crucial contribution to the conservation of biodiversity.”

6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

20-24 October, Tampa, Florida (USA)


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.


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