Information about the 2013 LIFE call for proposals in France will be presented on 04 March at a special event for potential beneficiaries. Registration is now open for the Information Day that is to be held from 14.00 to 17.30 at La Défense buildings in Paris (Arche Sud– Salle 1).
Interested parties from the public, private and third sectors are encouraged to attend the event, which intends to help explain the 2013 priorities for LIFE at EU and national levels. Speakers, including staff from the European Commission, will highlight key considerations for project applicants - including important financial and technical matters.
Advice will also be provided about preparing project applications that have strong added value in terms of integration with other territorial and sectoral actions. Emphasis will be placed on developing project proposals that can make visible contributions to socio-economic agendas, particularly goals within the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable, inclusive growth.
Innovation is another aim for LIFE in 2013 and projects that continue to reinforce LIFE’s role as an effective tool for finding new solutions to address environment challenges are actively encouraged. The Information Day will highlight such priorities and note the importance of designing projects that can demonstrate their potential for transferring innovative know-how through replicable results.
For more information and to register for the event (by 25 February), please visit this page.
The Danish Ministry of the Environment, Nature Agency is organising an international symposium in Copenhagen in March, with the support of theLIFE 'BLUEREEF' project (LIFE06 NAT/DK/000159).
The symposium will address the issue of pressure on marine biodiversity in coastal and marine waters around the world. In particular, it will focus on the potential role of marine nature restoration in northern Europe based upon the experience and monitoring results of a number of recent restoration projects (LIFE and non-LIFE). Cave-forming reefs and other protected habitats can play a key role in halting the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity, both by acting as sanctuaries and as donor sites for areas with lower protection levels.
Attendees will be drawn from a range of different stakeholder groups, including national authorities, NGOs and various relevant marine nature restoration initiatives. Through sharing experiences and discussing the way forward for marine nature restoration in northern Europe, it is hoped to be able to provide a list of recommendations and guidelines for future marine nature restoration initiatives.
Since 2006, the 'BLUEREEF' project has been working to restore the structure and function of the reef offshore habitat at Læsø Trindel and Tønneberg Banke in the Kattegat bay, with the aim of securing a favourable conservation status of the habitat. Results of this work will be presented at the symposium.
A preliminary programme and practical information about the symposium can be found on the project's website: www.bluereef.dk.