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Greening Books Workshop

03 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium

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The LIFE Environment 'Greening Books' project (LIFE09 ENV/ES/000457) is hosting a free workshop on “How to improve the environmental behaviour of publications” at the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the European Union in Brussels (227 Rue de la Loi) from 10:00 am to 13:00 on Monday 3 June.

The workshop will present the final results of the project, whose aim has been to improve the environmental performance of the publishing sector, minimising the environmental impacts of books and magazines. Representatives of coordinating beneficiary, LEITAT, and project partner, SIMMPLE, will give an overview of the 'Greening Books' project; explain how lifecycle assessment can be used to calculate the environmental impact of publications; present successful case studies from the graphic sector; and demonstrate two tools to measure and communicate the environmental performance of publications that have been developed by the project: BookDAPer and bDAP. BookDAPer allows editors, designers and printers of print format publications to generate and obtain the bDAP ecolabel for their publications. This label covers environmental management processes, materials (i.e. paper), good practices and an 'ecological rucksack' of environmental indicators (carbon footprint, waste generated and water, energy and raw materials consumption).

All attendees will also receive a free copy of the book “Good practices on ecodesign in the publishing sector”. To register, click here.

For more information, visit the project website: or contact:

Best LIFE projects 2012 awards

05 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium

(Photo: LIFE09 NAT/SE/000344)

A ceremony to honour the most successful LIFE projects that finished in 2012 will take place alongside Green Week 2013 on Wednesday 5 June at The Studio in The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara 175, Brussels.

Ms Jutta Haug, MEP, who is the rapporteur for the new LIFE Regulation, will present the awards to 13 LIFE Environment projects. Mr Hemmo Muntingh, MEP retired, who initiated the LIFE Programme in 1992, will present the awards to six LIFE Nature projects.

Both MEPs will also make a short speech.

Details of the winning projects can be found here.

For more information on the event, please download the agenda.

The contribution of the LIFE programme to air quality in the EU


06 June 2013, Brussels, Belgium

A session at this year's Green Week in Brussels will be dedicated to highlighting “The contribution of the LIFE programme to air quality in the EU: past, present and future”. Taking place at The Egg conference centre (Rue Bara) from 14:30 to 16:00 on Wednesday 5 June, the session will be moderated by Alexis Tsalas of the LIFE – Environment & Eco-innovation Unit, with presentations by Dr Georgia Valaoras, Regional Coordinator for South-East Europe, Astrale GEIE and Stijn Janssen, Environmental Modelling, VITO NV.

The session will present the findings and highlights of a 2012 study commissioned by the European Commission, "The contribution of LIFE projects to the implementation and development of EU air quality policy and legislation". The actions and outcomes of a LIFE air quality project will be highlighted by the second presentation. The final presentation - "The future of LIFE and air quality: the new LIFE Regulation 2014-2020" – will give a brief outline of the future LIFE programme, with emphasis on integrated projects and how these will bring about a multiplier effect to enable local and regional problems to be addressed in a more comprehensive and effective way.

To download Dr Valaoras's Powerpoint presentation, click here.

LIFE Platform Meeting: New methods and technologies in agriculture for a better environment


6-7 June, Politecnica University, Madrid (Spain)

The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) initiative and the best agriculture practices demonstrated by Spanish LIFE projects will be the central themes of a LIFE Platform Meeting (thematic seminar) to be held on 6-7 June 2013 at the Politecnica University, Madrid.

Organised by the Astrale monitoring and communications team, the meeting, ‘New methods and technologies in agriculture for a better environment’, will bring together attendees from more than 20 Spanish LIFE projects, as well as the agronomy department of the Politecnica University, the Spanish ministry for agriculture and environment and the European Commission’s DG Environment.

The first day of the event will feature presentations from representatives of the Spanish ministry for agriculture and environment on the ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ EIP, as well as on the climate change initiatives being carried out by the Spanish Bureau for Climate Change.

The second day will include a field visit to five participating farms of the Crops for better soil project (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000471). This LIFE project aims to demonstrate that the application of organic farming techniques can make cultivation of semi-arid land economically viable. This is being done by examining optimal combinations of methodologies (crop rotation; fertilisation with compost; and reintroduction of traditional crops) to achieve the best soil and crop quality results for specific soil and climate conditions.

The project hopes to foster new niche markets for organic produce with a low carbon footprint by training farmers to acquire the green skills necessary to produce these items, as well as creating green jobs for agronomists, who would provide the training.

For a meeting agenda and further information (in Spanish), follow this link.

Project presentations and a summary of the meeting will be published on the news pages of the LIFE website after the event.  

International seminar on sustainable building renovation

06 June 2013, Kaunas, Lithuania


Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is hosting a seminar on 6 June as part of the LIFE+ co-financed project, 'INSULAtE' (LIFE09 ENV/FI/000573). The event, which will include presentations from Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the UK, is aimed at an audience of scientists, decision-makers, housing administrators and building professionals.

The seminar has been jointly organised by KTU, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare and Tampere University of Technology.  It will be held in English and participation is free. Presentation topics will include:

  • The effects of building renovation on building structures;
  • Issues of air quality and microclimate management in energy-efficient buildings;
  • The UK's Green Deal initiative; and
  • Solutions for renovation - how to achieve good indoor climate and energy efficiency in an old apartment building.

For more information on the seminar program and to register, please visit this page.

The 'INSULAtE' project ( “Improving energy efficiency of housing stock: impacts on indoor environmental quality and public health in Europe”) aims to develop a common protocol for assessment of the impacts of building energy efficiency on indoor environmental quality and health and to develop guidance and support the implementation of related policies, including through transnational networking and dissemination of information.

During the project, field studies will be conducted in two-to-three European countries (so far, these have taken place in Finland and Lithuania). These studies target mainly apartment buildings that are undergoing renovations in 2011-2014. Based on the information collected, the impacts of renovation on the building's energy consumption will be assessed. In the apartments, an assessment will be made of the impacts of renovation on thermal conditions, indoor air quality and occupant health and well-being. For more information about the project, visit:


Invasive alien predators

17-19 June 2013, Luleå, Sweden

(Photo: LIFE09 NAT/SE/000344)

Invasion by non-native (alien) species has been recognized as one of the main threats to global biodiversity. Among introduced species, predators have had the largest effect on native fauna globally. Today, the impact of invasive alien species (IAS) is a major concern throughout the world and their management and control will continue to be a huge challenge for conservation biologists and managers during the coming decades.

This conference aims to demonstrate successful management of IAS, with a main focus on invasive preda-tors, to both relevant authorities and the public by present-ing European IAS projects as case studies. Gathering policy makers, authorities and managers from the EU-level down to the regional level will also provide an opportunity to discuss and share what needs to be done, by whom, how it should be done and how to pay the bill.

The conference is organized by the LIFE+ project "Man-agement of the invasive Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes pro-cyonoides) in the north-European countries – MIRDINEC" (LIFE09 NAT/SE/000344).

For more information, see the project website. The programme is available here.

UFTEC to host Final Workshop

20 June 2013, Barcelona, Spain


The Final Workshop of the LIFE Environment project, ‘UFTEC– Substitution of conventional treatment of raw river water by ultrafiltration membrane technology’ (LIFE09 ENV/ES/000467) will be held on 20 June in Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona.
The full-day programme consists of presentations on the project’s achievements in the morning and a site visit of the Sant Joan Despí drinking water treatment plant in the afternoon.

Reverse osmosis (RO) membranes have proven to be effective for the treatment of low-quality river water in drinking water. The UFTEC project was launched in 2010 to demonstrate the feasibility and economic viability of direct ultrafiltration (UF) pre-treatment for RO. UF pre-treatment is an alternative to conventional methods – consisting of coagulation-flocculation, sedimentation and sand filtration – that require large quantities of chemicals and lead to high water losses. The proposed alternative technology reduces both costs and the impact on the environment.

To register for the free event, visit (registration closes 14 June).


13th European Heathland Workshop

24-28 June 2013, Jutland, Denmark

Heathland Workshop

The 13th edition of the European Heathland Workshop is to be held in northern Jutland, Denmark over several days in late June 2013. It will include two-and-a-half days of presentations and discussion, and two days of site visits to National Parks and other areas of inland heath. The event is organised by the European Heathlands Network with the aim to discuss and promote further understanding of heathland ecosystems and practices to conserve them.

LIFE+ will feature strongly in the event. A representative of the LIFE+ External Communications Team will be one of the speakers, presenting on the impact of LIFE Nature projects on heathland management and conservation. She will provide several examples and best practices supported by the LIFE programmes over the years.

In addition, site visits will see the work or results of at least four LIFE projects. In Thy National Park, participants will see both the results of the project ‘Restoration of Dune Habitats along the Danish West Coast’ (LIFE02 NAT/DK/008584) and ongoing control experiments on invasive plant species conducted by the ‘Dry Grassland in Denmark - Restoration and Conservation’ project (LIFE08 NAT/DK/000464).

A visit to the Randbøl Heath will see some of the impact of the RAHID project – ‘Restoration of Atlantic Heaths and Inland Dunes in Denmark’ (LIFE09 NAT/DK/000370). Visits will also see some of the habitats restored as part of the ASPEA project - ‘Action for sustaining the population of Euphydryas aurinia‘ (LIFE05 NAT/DK/000151).

The workshops will be based at Slettestrand Holiday Center, northern Jutland, 24-26 June. Excursions and field trips 26-28 June will take in Thy National Park, Kongenshus Heath, Mols Bjerge National Park, Randbøl Heath and Nørholm Heath. A dinner and pre-workshop bonfire on the beach will be held on the evening of 23 June.

For more information and an updated programme, please visit the event website:
For specific information on fees, accommodation and to register, click here or contact

Final Seminar of LIFE+ water research project WaterRtoM

25 June 2013, Barcelona, Spain

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The final seminar of the LIFE+ ‘Water Research to Market’ project WaterRtoM (LIFE09 ENV/FR/000593) is being held in Barcelona on 25 June 2013. The event aims to discuss and promote new tools to speed up the transfer of research outputs to practitioners in the water sector.

The seminar has the title: “The Water Research to Market experience as a chance to boost the implementation of innovative solutions into the water sector”. It will present new experiences and evidence gathered by the WaterRtoM project, explore the efficiency of new knowledge transfer tools and provide networking opportunities.

The seminar is aimed at both producers and users of water-sector innovations, including: scientists and researchers; river basin managing authorities; water utilities; and SMEs. It also aims to include services which aim to facilitate the transfer of such innovation, including: technological platforms; private-sector innovation departments; knowledge transfer offices in universities; and research funders.
The WaterRtoM project developed tools and services, which have enabled it to measure the distance from market of more than 200 research outputs from across Europe and identify the most important barriers to their uptake. It has identified ten good practices to overcome such barriers and speed up knowledge transfer.

The seminar will be held from 11:00 to 17:30 on 25 June at the Barceló Atenea Mar Hotel in Barcelona. For more information and to register, visit the project events page or email For more information on the WaterRtoM project visit the project website or read the project summary.

COAST-BEST final conference

27 June 2013, Jutland, Denmark


The Italian LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance project, “COAST-BEST” (LIFE08 ENV/IT/000426), which aimed to identify an integrated management system for dredged sediment from small ports, is holding its final conference later this month.

The one-day event, to be held on 27 June, is being organised by the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the project beneficiary. The workshop will bring together public authorities and institutions as well as industrial operators, to share experience on sustainable management of dredged sediments from harbour activities.

For more information on the event read the draft programme and also, see the project website:


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