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LIFE project holds workshop on conservation priorities in Spain

3 December 2013, Madrid, Spain

LIFE11 NAT/ES/000700

The LIFE PAF NATURA 2000 SPAIN project (LIFE11 NAT/ES/000700) has recently submitted a draft Prioritised Action Framework (PAF) document to the European Commission. A workshop has been organised by the project coordinator Foundación Biodiversidad, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, in order to improve the proposed PAF.

Improving the capacity for financing and managing the Natura 2000 network in Spain, through the preparation and implementation of a PAF, has been the main objective of the LIFE project. This framework will provide guidelines for integrating site management actions and establishing strategic priorities for funding. Further information can be found on the project’s website:

The PAF workshop will be held on Tuesday 3 December at 4-6 Gran Via de San Francisco, Madrid, starting at 10am and finishing at 7.30pm. Experts from public and private organisations will be invited to make recommendations for the final document. During the day, six working groups will run concurrently: one on general aspects of Natura 2000 and five covering specific ecosystems and habitats within the Natura 2000 network in Spain.
For registration or further information on the workshop, contact Víctor Gutiérrez López at Fundación Biodiversidad. Tel.: +34 91 121 09 20 or email:

Future of air-conditioning in cars conference

04 December, Berlin, Germany


The German LIFE project Pro-Klima Autoklimaanlage (LIFE09 INF/DE/000012) is organising a conference on the future of air-conditioning in cars. The event will be held in the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin on 4 December. Simultaneous German-English translation will be available.

The conference will highlight possible solutions for lowering the environmental impact of air-conditioning in cars. The EU has adopted the F-Gas Regulation and the MAC Directive to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases such as R134a in air-conditioning systems.
The conference will cover the current status of the implementation of such legal requirements as well as the safe and environmentally-friendly alternative refrigerants.

To register, send an e-mail to Patrick Huth, Registration is free of charge, but the number of attendees is limited. The deadline for registrations is 27 November.

The PROM KLIMA project was launched to raise awareness about enhancing current vehicle air conditioning systems, so that energy consumption and resulting emissions will be significantly reduced. The project is also campaigning for the introduction of natural refrigerants to be brought forward. For more information visit the project website.

General Assembly of LIFE+ project on desert-dust air pollution

05 December, Rome, Italy

LIFE10 ENV/IT/000391

The LIFE+ DIAPASON project (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000391) is holding its first general assembly on the subject of modelling, predicting and observing the impact of desert dust on air quality in the EU. The evSent will see presentations of the initial observations, findings and results of the project, covering subjects including the implementation of EU guidelines, dust observations, and cooperation and networking.

The event will also provide an opportunity for participants to hear the experience and results of a second LIFE+ project, MED-PARTICLES (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000327). This project worked from 2010 to 2013 to improve understanding of the characteristics of particulate air pollution of cities in the Mediterranean area and their relation to public health. One of its related actions was to evaluate the frequency of Saharan dust days.

The general assembly will take place at the ISAC-CNR headquarters in Tor Vergata from 09:30 to 15:30 and will include a visit to the DIAPASON site at Tor Vergata. For more information and the full programme, please visit the event page of the project website. To register, please contact

LIFE+ DIAPASON has the full working title ‘Desert-dust impact on air quality through model-predictions and advanced sensors observations’. It aims to deliver an upgraded, innovative, robust and user-oriented desert dust detection methodology (dddM) building on the Commission’s guidelines for a Saharan desert dust-detection methodology (BASELINE-dddM).For more information, please visit the project website:

UK and Ireland LIFE Platform Meeting

09 December, London, UK


The inaugural UK and Ireland LIFE Project Platform Meeting will be held at Europa House, London, on 9 December, 2013

The event will be hosted by ASTRALE GEIE/HTSPE Ltd. The subject areas of the meeting will reflect the particular interests of the participating LIFE projects, who were involved in their selection. These themes will be announced shortly.

For more information about current and past LIFE projects from the UK and Ireland, please see the ‘LIFE by country’ section of the LIFE website or search the LIFE Project database using the ‘Countries’ field.

LIFE+ 3water final conference features strong EC representation

10 December 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Poster:LIFE08 NAT/B/000036

The Belgian LIFE+ Nature project Triple E Pond area M-L (LIFE08 NAT/B/000036) will host its closing conference on 10 December 2013. The all-day event, “LIFE+ 3WATER: Results and Lessons Learned”will take place from 10 am to 5.30 pm in Brussels. With a  keynote speech from Nathalie Pauwels, (Member of Cabinet  to Commisioner for the Environment , Janez Potočnik), and interventions from Angelo Salsi (Head of the LIFE Nature Unit, DG Environment) and Frank Vassen (Policy Officer, Nature Unit, DG Environment), it will feature a strong presence of European Commission representatives.

The conference will examine the findings of the five-year project, which targeted improvements in habitats and species of Community importance in the Vijvergebied Midden-Limburg Natura 2000 site in the Limburg region of Flanders.

Through intensive cooperation between private landowners, nature organisations, local communities, as well as national and European authorities, the project - implemented by the beneficiary, the European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO), and partners - has restored  habitats for two flagship species, the bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and tree frog (Hyla arborea) in the “Pond area M-L” in Limburg.

The conference, organised by the ELO and partners, aims to explore all aspects of the project including what has been learnt from the cooperation of private landowners in Natura 2000 areas and how the results and expectations of the partners compared with these results. In addition, it will debate the so-called ’triple-E’ participatory model adopted by the project, i.e. examining ways of establishing a sustainable basis for the conservation of targeted species and habitats in the long term, by enhancing synergies between ecology, education and the local economy.

These questions and more will be discussed and debated by the panel of experts throughout the day, together with the results of the project. The conference languages are English and Dutch, with translations provided. The conference will take place at the Fondation Universitaire/Universitaire Stichting, Rue D’Egmontstraat 11, B-1000, Brussels. For more information and to register online, visit the project website.


LIFE CONOPS workshop

12 December, Athens, Greece


The LIFE CONOPS project (LIFE12 ENV/GR/000466), which is focusing on eliminating invasive mosquito species from Europe, is organising its first stakeholder workshop on 12 December 2013. The workshop represents a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on issues concerning invasive mosquito species including the public health risks and the development of management plans to control their entrance, spread and establishment in Europe/ In recent years, concern has arisen globally over the potential for an increase in mosquito-borne diseases because of changes in the distribution of invasive mosquito populations. Such changes are the consequence of environmental modifications, ecosystem disturbances and global climatic change.

The workshop entitled ‘New mosquito species in Greece: risks and management’ will feature contributions from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Directorate of Plant Produce Protection, the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (HCDCP) and the Public Health Department of Emilia-Romagna Region (PH-ER).

The LIFE CONOPS project is being carried out by the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, a public research institute in Greece. It is aiming to draw up integrated management plans for the effective and environmentally-friendly control of invasive mosquito species. For further information, visit the project website:

Registration for the event is free. For more information and to attend the workshop, contact:


LIFE project holds its first workshop on integrated coastal area management

12 December, Livorno, Italy


The LIFE Environment project LIFE+ IMAGINE (LIFE12 ENV/IT/001054) will hold its first workshop on Thursday 12 December 2013, at the Fondazione LEM, Piazza del Pamiglione, in Livorno. The workshop is hosted by the Geographical Information Systems International Group (GISIG), the project’s coordinating beneficiary.

IMAGINE aims to provide coastal area managers with applications that address the inter-related areas of soil sealing impacts, and flooding and landscape prediction. The project will focus on the coast in the regions of Liguria and Toscana (Tuscany), where spreading urbanisation and more frequent heavy rainfalls over the past decade have increased the possibility of landslides. Applications will be designed along Shared Environment Information System (SEIS) guidelines, follow INSPIRE Directive rules for coastal zone management, and interface with Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) infrastructure. The project will harmonise spatial information, establish cross-regional monitoring models, and support decision-makers and planners in coastal areas with an increased knowledge-base for the implementation of environmental policy and legislation. Further information can be found on the project’s website:

The first national event organised within the LIFE+ IMAGINE project’s framework will introduce the general objectives of the project and the work that has started to implement two application scenarios on coastal landslides and soil consumption. The workshop, which runs from 9.30am to 1.30pm, is open to local stakeholders and potential users of the project’s results. Key speakers will represent the range of project partners, including the LAMMA consortium and ISPRA. The workshop will conclude with a roundtable discussion, followed by a buffet.

A final agenda and registration form for the free event can be downloaded from the project website:

For additional information, contact: Manuela Corongiu.


LIFE MHybus final conference to highlight potential of new fuel

19 December, Bologna, Italy


The final conference of the LIFE project MHybus (LIFE07 ENV/IT/000434) will be held on Thursday 19 December in the Auditorium Regione Emilia-Romagna, Via Aldo Moro 18, in Bologna.

The MHybus project succeeded in its objective of building a prototype public bus fuelled by a blend of methane and hydrogen (hydromethane). Italy’s first hydromethane bus was road-tested on a regular service in Ravenna, covering over 45 000 km and carrying more than 15 000 passengers. During this time, the use of hydromethane was shown to reduce fuel consumption by around 13% and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 15% compared with an equivalent methane-fuelled bus. The project identified an optimum fuel blend, and looked at the cost-effectiveness of converting methane-fuelled buses to run on less-polluting hydromethane. For further information, visit the project’s website:

During the morning conference session (10am-1pm), the MHybus project partners will make presentations focusing on the technical and economic results of the project. A roundtable discussion will conclude the conference (2pm-4.30pm), with a look at future scenarios for this alternative fuel.

The conference programme and a registration form can be downloaded from:




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