The LIFE Nitrates project (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000478) is holding a free training day for all types of farmer in the Navarre region of Spain. Taking place at an Agricultural Cooperative, the training will raise awareness and understanding of the impact of farming practices on nitrate levels in soils and water, and how to reduce this form of contamination.
The half-day event will include presentations on the LIFE Nitrates project, nitrate levels in soils, mineralisation of organic matter, and different farming practices and models. It will include an examination of trials being conducted by the project and visits to areas of land being farmed in different ways, including through use of crop rotation, incubation cylinders for the mineralisation of organic matter in soil, and different amounts of organic and inorganic fertilizer.
As well as raising awareness on nitrate contamination, the LIFE Nitrates project aims to identify good farming practices through analysis of inputs and outputs in the irrigation pilot area. It has been developing new simulation models for quantifying the contamination of groundwater by nitrates from farming sources. It will also assess current action plans and measures to avoid nitrate contamination.
The training session will take place 11:00–14:15 on Thursday, 13 September 2012, in the Cooperativa San Miguel de Aralar, Oskotz.
For more information or to confirm your attendance, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more on the LIFE project NITRATES - Repercussion of Agricultural Activities in Nitrate Contamination of Continental Water, please visit the project website.
WWF and Friends of Europe will host the first LiveWell for LIFE stakeholder workshop in Brussels on 18 September 2012.
The workshop is expected to attract key food, environment and health stakeholders including government representatives, consumer and health organisations, food retailers, producers and processors, academia and NGOs.
LiveWell for low impact food in Europe (LIFE) is a three-year pioneering EU-funded project that introduces the concept of a healthy and sustainable diet that offers significant health benefits to EU citizens while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the EU food supply chain.
This first stakeholder workshop aims to:
• Bring together a multi-sector network of 60 key stakeholders to work together to reduce the environmental impacts of the European food sector.
• Build a shared understanding of the LiveWell plate and sustainable diets; explore how diets can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while providing healthy, well balanced, nutritious meals.
• Provide a platform for a strategic dialogue process which will play a central role in evaluating, refining and disseminating the LiveWell plate tool and the concept of sustainable diets.
During this first of the three workshops, the main features of the LiveWell diet for each selected pilot country (France, Spain & Sweden) will be presented and evaluated. The workshop will primarily be delivered in English. However, simultaneous translation can be provided in Spanish, French and Swedish.
Participation is by invitation only, with just 60 spaces available. If you have received an invitation, you can register for the event by downloading the registration form and returning it by fax to +32 (0)2 738 75 97 or by email to Lindsay.Digneffe@friendsofeurope.org
If you have not received an initial email invite but would like to see whether there are spaces available, please contact the LiveWell for LIFE team. Lindsay Digneffe, Project Manager: +32 (0)2 737 91 54
A River Restoration Centre workshop is being held in Scotland, 26 September 2012, as part of the RESTORE LIFE project, (LIFE09 INF/UK/000032).
In partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, the workshop will explore how rivers function, how this natural functioning has been altered through human interference and what are the methods and benefits of sympathetic 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 about the event, e-mail Martin Janes: email@example.com