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Events: May 2013

LANDLIFE Workshop 2 on Land Stewardship: Italy

10-11 May 2013, Giussago, Italy

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The LIFE Information & Communication project ‘LANDLIFE’ (LIFE10 INF/ES/000540) is organising its second of three workshops on land stewardship in 2013. This second workshop is hosted in Italy by Legambiente - an Italian conservation NGO - under the title ‘reconsidering land stewardship as a tool to conserve nature and setting up land stewardship initiatives’.

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 discuss: land stewardship as an innovative tool to halt soil consumption and biodiversity loss; and legal frameworks and policy instruments that can support land stewardship. It hopes to draft a joint Action Plan to Improve and Disseminate Land Stewardship in Italy and other EU countries.

The workshop will include presentations of: the ‘LANDLIFE’ project which aims to promote land stewardship amongst biodiversity conservation stakeholders; the European Land Stewardship Manual; and Natura 2000 policy. It will include a case study visit to a local land stewardship initiative. 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 10 May and in the morning of 11 May in Giussago, Pavia, Italy. It is aimed at anyone interested in nature and biodiversity conservation and land stewardship initiatives more particularly. It will be held in Italian. For more information visit, contact or register directly here.

AITEX networking event

14 May 2013, Valencia, Spain


The Spanish textile industry research association, AITEX, is organising a networking event for organisations and partners of LIFE projects on 14 May, 2013, at the Escuela de Negocios Luis Vives, the Technologic Park, avenue Benjamín Franklin, 8, 46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain.

This event offers the opportunity to exchange experiences of the LIFE programme, analyse project results and establish synergies. Up to 20 LIFE projects, which will be grouped together by theme, will be able to give presentations.

Projects wishing to participate in the event should contact Elena Cortes and Miriam Martinez. AITEX, which has been the beneficiary of several LIFE projects, was set up in 1985 as an initiative of the Valencia regional government, through the Valencia Institute for Small and Medium Industry (IMPIVA). It is currently the leading centre for research, innovation and advanced technical services available to the textile, manufacturing and technical textile sectors.

The association created the 'Made in Green' mark, which certifies that a product, throughout its traceability chain, has been manufactured in factories that respect the environment and the universal rights of workers. It is a symbol for all those who provide or are seeking textile products that are guaranteed free from substances harmful to the environment and health.

The networking event will begin with an opening reception at 9pm before two morning sessions of presentations. It will finish with a roundtable discussion from 1pm to 1.30pm.

Seminar on Integrated Strategies for GHG Mitigation in Dairy Farms

14 May 2013, Milan, Italy


The LIFE ‘GAS-OFF’ project (LIFE09 ENV/IT/000214) is holding a seminar on integrated strategies for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms. The event is being organised by the project beneficiary Azienda Sperimentale Vittorio Tadini and will take place at the agriculture faculty of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, one of the project partners.

The main objective of ‘GAS-OFF’ is the integrated evaluation of strategies to reduce emissions gas emissions in dairy farms, including the production of biogas and biomass crops. For more information about the project and the seminar, visit:

LIFE+ Nature and agriculture platform meeting

16-17 May, 2013, Angers, France

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The European Commission's LIFE Nature Unit will be holding a platform meeting (thematic seminar) on nature conservation and agriculture in wet alluvial grasslands at the Éthic étapes Lac de Maine in Angers, France on 16-17 May, 2013.

The general objective of the event, which will be hosted by Ligue de la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), is to exchange experience around the combination of nature conservation and farming practices. This will include discussion of such issues as: how to involve local farmers in nature conservation; greening the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); management agreements with farmers on purchased land; and ensuring compatibility between pasture and the needs of ground-nesting birds.

The platform meeting will commence in the afternoon of 16 May and will be held entirely in English. As well as presentations, discussions and conclusions, there will be a field visit to sites associated with LPO's ongoing LIFE project 'LIFE+ Râle des genets' (LIFE10 NAT/FR/000197 -, which aims to conserve and restore the French breeding population of the corncrake and its favoured wet alluvial grassland habitats, including through close collaboration with farmers and the French authorities regarding the improvement of agri-environmental measures.

For further information about this event, please contact Mrs Maud Latruberce from the LIFE external monitoring team (ASTRALE EEIG):

Meet LIFE at the European Maritime Day 2013

21- 22 May 2013, Valletta, Malta

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Next 21st and 22nd of May the city of Valletta will host the 6th edition of the European Maritime Day. Organised by the European Commission in partnership with the Maltese Ministries for the Economy and Tourism, EMD 2013 will be a unique forum for maritime stakeholders to discuss all issues related to the coasts, seas and oceans.

The LIFE Programme will be present at the event to demonstrate some of its contributions to preserve the European marine and coastal environment. Look for stand No 5 in the exhibition area! We will be more than happy to present our projects to you and to discuss maritime issues.

The programme of the European Maritime Day can be found here.

To register, click here.

Conference on 'Nature protection in military areas'

22-23 May 2013, Veszprém, Hungary

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The LIFE Nature ‘Eastern Bakony’ project (LIFE07 NAT /H/000321) is organising an international conference in Veszprém, Hungary, on 22-23 May 2013. The event, whose title is ‘Nature protection in military areas’ will be hosted by the beneficiary, the Armament and Quartermaster Office of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary, together with project partners HM VERGA Forest Management Corporation, Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate and Aquaprofit Corporation.

The aim of the conference is to share the lessons and best practices from the conservation actions tested and applied during the course of the project so far (it is due to close in July 2014). Both military and nature protection aspects will be discussed at the event, which will also offer an opportunity for networking, exchanging practical advice and learning about the future of the LIFE Programme.

The LIFE project’s aim is to conserve and restore EU priority habitats (Sub-Pannonic steppic grasslands, Pannonian woods, Medio-European calcareous screes) and priority species (Serratula lycopifolia and Falco cherrug) in the Eastern Bakony military area. This is being achieved by integrating environmental policies within military land management practices

The conference will be held in English and will include a guided field visit to some of the project sites. This will include a military (shooting) demonstration. For further information and to register to take part, please visit:


RESTORE to hold two field trips

22-25 May, Munich, Germany


The LIFE project, 'RESTORE - Rivers: Engaging, Supporting and Transferring knOwledge for Restoration in Europe' (LIFE09 INF/UK/000032) is holding two field visits to Germany and Switzerland from 22 to 25 May.

The RESTORE project, which is promoting knowledge transfer and best practice on river restoration in Europe, is organising a visit to the River Isar in Munich, Germany on 22-23 May.

The purpose of this first excursion is to show how the Isar Plan has enhanced ecological and fluvial processes and improved fish passage, while at the same time providing new recreation areas for residents and visitors.

A second field visit to the River Rhine, Aare and Limmat in Switzerland on 24-25 May will highlight the improvements that have been made to river processes, habitat connectivity, fish access and fish spawning opportunities, especially at hydropower plants.

The event, which will be in English, will feature well-known river restoration experts, Walter Binder and Rolf-Jürgen Gebler.

Book early as places are limited! For a full programme and booking form, visit

European Day of Parks 2013

24 May 2013, Europe-wide


This year’s European Day of Parks has the motto ‘My Park. My Passion. My Story.’

Inaugurated in 1999, the European Day of Parks is organised by the Europarc Federation, and held on or around 24 May each year. The aim of the event is to bring people closer to nature and to raise public awareness about the importance of conservation and sustainable management of protected areas.

In keeping with this year’s motto, protected areas’ employees, visitors and other stakeholders are being invited to share their experiences of and passion for nature in some art form, such as stories, songs, pictures, films or plays.

Activities may be held well ahead of 24 May, as well as on the day itself, and be linked to the European Day of Parks. The Europarc Federation has suggestions on possible activities and ways to explore creatively people’s passion for nature on its website:

For inquiries and further information about the European Day of Parks, please email or telephone: +49 941 599 3598-0.

LIFE+ to exhibit at 14th European Forum on Eco-Innovation

23-24 May 2013, Prague, Czech Republic


The 14th edition of the European Forum on Eco-Innovation is to be held in Prague under the heading “Into clean air... delivering innovative solutions for mobility, energy and ICT in cities.” This year’s event will focus on the issue of air pollution – the number-one environment-related health risk in Europe – in the context of the 2013 European Year of Air.

LIFE+ will be strongly represented at the event. Sessions exploring case studies of interesting practice will include presentation and discussion of the LIFE+ project Clean Air (LIFE11 ENV/DE/000495). The LIFE Programme will be present in the exhibition area to demonstrate more of its innovative contributions to improving air quality in Europe. Also, Timo Makela, Director of International Affairs, LIFE & Eco-Innovation, in DG Environment (European Commission), will make opening and closing remarks at the event.

Over the course of the two days, the Forum will consider several issues around urban air quality, notably: 1. The latest evidence on its causes, trends, impacts and level of political importance; 2. Effective use of urban strategic planning; 3. Changing mindsets and behaviours; 4. Finding finance; and 5. Innovative partnerships and networks.

The event will be held at the Hotel Ambasador-Zlata in Prague from 9am on Thursday 23 May to 1pm on Friday 24 May. A walking tour or Škoda site visit are also foreseen for Friday afternoon. For more information and the full programme, visit the event website.

To register, click here.

European Dry Grasslands Meeting in Poland

24-31 May, Zamość, Poland


The 10th European Dry Grasslands Meeting will be held 24-31 May, 2013, in Zamość, Poland.

The event will feature a presentation, ‘LIFE Nature for dry grasslands: examples and best practices' on 28 May. The project manager of the ‘XericGrasslandPL’ LIFE project will also speak at the event.

This LIFE project (LIFE08 NAT/PL/000513) aims to conserve and restore xerothermic grasslands at eight Natura 2000 sites in two Polish regions: Lublin and Lower Odra and Warta. These sites are among the most valuable areas for semi-natural dry grasslands (Festuco brometalia) in the country, and following the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit them.

Semi-natural dry grasslands are listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive, owing to the threat posed by land-use change in recent decades. The grassland relies on agricultural practices – grazing, mowing and burning – for its conservation, but economic development has made this type of land use unprofitable. Among other actions, the ‘XericGrasslandPL’ project aims to reintroduce traditional agricultural practices on targeted areas of the habitats.

The conference will address the threat posed to these grasslands by intensive agriculture as well as other threats, such as eutrophication and alien species, and will focus on the steps that can be taken to protect this habitat.

LANDLIFE Workshop 3 on Land Stewardship: Spain

29-31 May 2013, Barcelona, Spain


The LIFE+ project ‘LANDLIFE’ (LIFE10 INF/ES/000540) is organising its third of three workshops on land stewardship in 2013. This third workshop is hosted in Barcelona by The Land Steward Network of Catalonia (XCT) under the title ‘Exchanging on Land Stewardship and Natura 2000: experiences and networking in Europe’.

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 present the Catalan and Spanish experience of land stewardship, including the creation of public-private partnerships and the legal and technical mechanisms for land stewardship agreements. It will also present the ‘LANDLIFE’ project, which aims to promote land stewardship amongst biodiversity conservation stakeholders.

The workshop will go on to consider European experiences of land stewardship and opportunities for exchange and co-operation, including through Natura 2000. It will consider the relevance of eco-tourism and include the possibility for three site visits to local land stewardship initiatives.

The workshop will be held in the afternoon of 29 May, all day on 30 May and in the morning of 31 May in the small town of Tavertet, Barcelona, Spain. It is aimed at anyone interested in nature and biodiversity conservation and land stewardship initiatives more particularly. It will be held in English. For more information visit, contact or register directly here.


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