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Events: April 2013

Conference on invasive species in rivers and wetlands

10-12 April 2013, Banyoles, Spain

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The LIFE Nature project ‘Estany’ (LIFE08 NAT/E/000078) is organising the Second International Conference on Invasive Species in Rivers and Wetlands. The three-day event will focus on techniques for management of alien species that threaten these particularly vulnerable ecosystems.

Discussions will cover means of controlling and eradicating invasive species as well as preventing infestation of new areas. It will look at existing knowledge and experience in managing this problem, including through the actions of the Estany project.

The conference follows on from the First International Conference on Invasive Species which was held in Valencia 31 January to 1 February 2012 in the context of another LIFE+ project: ‘Trachemys’ (LIFE09 NAT/ES/000529).

The ‘Estany’ project’s overall objective is to stabilise the conservation status of habitats and species of community interest in the Natura 2000 site at Lake Banyoles in the province of Gerona (Catalonia). A key area of work focuses on controlling and reducing the threat from invasive alien species.

For more information on the programme and registration, please visit the conference web page or email

Click here to visit the LIFE ‘Estany’ project website.

Meet LIFE at the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns!

17-19 April, Geneva, Switzerland


From the 17th to the 19th of April, the city of Geneva will host the 2013 Edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns.

Organised by the ICLEI network, Local Governments for Sustainability, over the course of three days this event will gather the most relevant stakeholders on urban sustainability from all over the world. The LIFE Programme will be present at the event to demonstrate some of the results of its projects on sustainability and environmental protection at the local level. Look for us in the exhibition area! We will be more than happy to present our projects to you and to discuss about these exciting issues.

The programme of the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns can be found here.

To register, click here.

MHyBus presentation in Ravenna

18 April, Ravenna, Italy

Photo: LIFE07 ENV/IT/000434

The LIFE project, 'MHyBus – Methane and Hydrogen blend for public city transport bus: technical demonstrative application and strategic policy measures' (LIFE07 ENV/IT/000434), is holding an press conference and presentation of its hydromethane-fuelled bus in Ravenna on 18 April.

This event, which is aimed at all interested stakeholders, will be held at the Residenza Municipale (town hall) of Ravenna and will include presentations from representatives of the project's partners, Aster SCPA and Energia e l'Ambiente (ENEA), the beneficiary, the region of Emilia Romagna, as well as START Romagna and SOL Sp.A. A special bus tour will follow this meeting at 11.30 am, beginning at Piazza del Popolo in Ravenna.

The project aimed to advance the mandatory authorisation a hydromethane-fuelled bus on public roads. The bus represents a way to further reduce urban pollution and CO2 emissions. (The province of Ravenna has operated a regional fleet of public vehicles running on compressed natural gas for more than 20 years.) The first road tests carried out under the project achieved positive results, and the first bus has been in use in Ravenna since January of this year. The ultimate goal is to extend the use of the blended fuel through the introduction of an entire fleet of such buses.

The project also created an hydromethane community to connect professionals and individuals who are interested in the topic:

Eta Beta to hold final conference

18 April, Milan, Italy


The Eta Beta LIFE project, which is promoting the development of Eco-managed Industrial and Business Estates (EIBEs) as local governance and policy tools for implementing the EU’s Environmental Technology Action Plan, is holding a final conference at the Palazzo Lombardia, Sala dei 500, 1 Piazza Città di Lombardia in Milan.
The all-day event from 9.30am to 5pm will focus on the competitive advantages and opportunities of such eco-industrial parks for companies throughout Europe.
The conference is aimed at managers and technicians who work for private companies and public consortia engaged in the centralised management of the infrastructure of environmental service production areas.
The LIFE project, ‘ETA-BETA - Environmental Technologies Adopted by small Businesses operating in Entrepreneurial Territorial Areas’ (LIFE09 ENV/IT/000105), is strengthening and promoting the creation and development of ecologically equipped productive areas (EEPAs) within the EU's economic system and regulatory framework.

A total of 150 places are available and registration is compulsory. To register email: or tel: +39 (0)2 277 441.

Workshop on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture

19 April 2013, Pisa, Italy

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The LIFE Environment project ‘IPNOA’ (LIFE11 ENV/IT/000302) is holding its first workshop on the theme of “The Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture in Tuscany”. The full day event is aimed primarily at local and national authorities, farmers, farmers’ organisations and researchers on greenhouse gas mitigation.

The event will have two distinct halves. The morning will see sessions on: climate change and agriculture; nitrous oxide emissions in agriculture; monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions; regional initiatives for greenhouse gas reduction; and the LIFE ‘IPNOA’ project. The afternoon will be focused on presentations and discussions around other related projects from Italy. These will include FP7-funded projects as well as the following ‘LIFE’ projects: SEQ-CURE, VOICE, SOILCONS-WEB, GAS-OFF and FACTOR20.

‘IPNOA’s full title is "Improved flux prototypes for N2O emission from agriculture”. The project aims to obtain a reliable estimate of nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture in Tuscany and identify the best agro-ecosystem management practices to reduce these emissions by at least 20% compared to 1990 levels.

The workshop will be held in Italian at The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, 19th April 2013, 09:30–17:00. For more information, visit or write to

LANDLIFE Workshop 1 on Land Stewardship: France

22-23 April 2013, Montpellier, France


The LIFE Information & Communication project ‘LANDLIFE’ (LIFE10 INF/ES/000540) is organising its first of three workshops on land stewardship in 2013. This first workshop is hosted in France by the Conservatoire d'espaces naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon under the title 'Rethink and initiate land stewardship in France’.

The workshop’s overall objective is to share information and build practical know-how to apply land stewardship agreements and improve their management. Specifically, it will: communicate land stewardship as an effective tool for nature and biodiversity conservation; exchange experiences and best practices; increase knowledge on land stewardship and existing legal and policy frameworks; facilitate contacts and identify opportunities for cooperation in land stewardship initiatives; and explore how Natura 2000 policy is an instrument that encourages land stewardship approaches.

The workshop will include presentations of the ‘LANDLIFE’ project which aims to promote land stewardship amongst biodiversity conservation stakeholders. The workshop also aims to prepare input into the International Land Stewardship Congress that will take place in Barcelona in 2014.

The workshop will be held all day on 22 April and in the morning of 23 April at Campus SupAgro, 2 Place Viala, Montpellier. It is aimed at anyone interested in nature and biodiversity conservation and land stewardship initiatives more particularly. It will be held in French. For more information visit, contact Mme Claudie Houssard at or register directly here.

International Workshop – AWARE: Approaches in Wetland Restoration

21-25 April, Warsaw, Poland

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Together with the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Faculty of Biology and the Biological and Chemical Research Centre of the University of Warsaw are organising an international workshop on Approaches in Wetland Restoration with a particular focus on fen landscapes from 21 to 25 April in Warsaw.

The AWARE event aims to create awareness of the restoration of fen ecosystems, which once used to be widespread in temperate zones and are now becoming increasingly endangered. Efforts to restore fen landscapes are however increasing across the globe. The workshop will bring together acknowledged European scientists and practitioners in fen restoration to explore key issues such as: which functions can be combined in a restored fen system; how possible synergies can be optimised; and where the trade-offs might be and how they can be avoided. The event will include a presentation from the LIFE Communication Team’s Nature & Biodiversity Expert Simona Bacchereti entitled 'Implementation practice: fen restoration in LIFE Nature & Biodiversity'.

The workshop includes two days of excursions (24 and 25 April) to a total of seven LIFE Nature projects in central and north-eastern Poland that contain both well-preserved and highly-degraded fen ecosystems. The seven projects are as follows:

'Wetlands Butterflies' - Conservation and upgrading of habitats for rare butterflies of wet, semi-natural meadows LIFE06 NAT/PL/000100
'Górna Biebrza' - Preservation of wetland habitats in the upper Biebrza Valley LIFE11 NAT/PL/000422
'Renaturyzacja' - Restoration of hydrological system in the Middle Basin of the Biebrza Valley, Phase I LIFE09 NAT/PL/000258
AQC Plan’ - Securing the population of Aquila clanga in Poland: preparation of the National Action Plan and primary site conservation LIFE08 NAT/PL/000511
Polskie Ostoje Ptaków - Protection of water and marsh birds in five national parks - reconstructing habitats and curbing the influence of invasive species LIFE09 NAT/PL/000263
Biomass use for Aquatic W’ - Facilitating Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) habitat management through sustainable systems of biomass use LIFE09 NAT/PL/000260
‘Aquatic Warbler project’ - Conserving Acrocephalus paludicola in Poland and Germany LIFE05 NAT/PL/000101

For more information about the AWARE event please visit or contact Wiktor Kotowski (


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