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Events: November 2013

Electrical waste recycling conference

04 November, St. Etienne, France

LIFE11 INF/FR/000730

The final conference of the LIFE project, Collect+ (LIFE11 INF/FR/000730) which is focusing on the recycling of electrical waste, will be held at 1 esplanade de France, St. Etienne from 2 to 5 pm on  4 November.
The Collect+ project has been helping implement the requirements of the directives on WEEE (waste from electrical and electronic equipment), and batteries and accumulators at participating CASINO supermarket stores in France.

To promote more efficient recycling, the project encouraged shoppers through its campaign - ‘Ensemble recyclons plus, recyclons mieux’ (“together recycle more, recycle better”) – to collect their waste and deposit it at appropriate boxes located at the selected stores. It also informed them about impact of this behaviour on both the environment and their health.

It is estimated that only one-third of electrical and electronic waste in the EU is collected separately and treated appropriately.

The conference will provide an opportunity to address the question of how best to encourage more people to recycle electrical waste as well as offer a chance for interested parties to debate the latest recycling ideas. Representatives of CASINO will also present the results of the project.
Registration by 15 October. Email:

For more information about Collect+, visit the project website:

WOLFNET project calls final International Wolf Congress

06-08 November, Caramanico Terme, Pescara Province, Italy

WOLFNET poster

An International Wolf Congress, organised by the LIFE WOLFNET project (LIFE08 NAT/IT/000325), will be held in Italy’s Majella National Park from Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 November.

WOLFNET’s final International Wolf Congress will include sessions on ‘Wolf monitoring for management and conservation purposes’, ‘Wolf capture techniques and animal welfare’ and ‘New perspectives in wolf management ‘. The Congress Dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday 7 November (€30, to book email: and there is a choice of post-congress field trips.

Registration for the International Wolf Congress is free; please sign-up before the 14 October deadline. Registration forms can be downloaded from or

The main objective of the WOLFNET project is to develop models for wolf protection and management in the Apennines. Actions have included reducing wolf and livestock-owner conflict by implementing a damage-compensation system; implementing measures to reduce the direct persecution of wolves; addressing sanitary risks to wolf populations; and minimising human activities that can cause disturbance to breeding sites. Parco Nazionale della Majella is the coordinating beneficiary of the WOLFNET project, which runs from January 2010 to December 2013.

For further information, see the project’s website:

Aquatic warbler Baltic Conference

14–15 November 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania

Photo: LIFE09 NAT/LT/000233

An international conference on the conservation of the globally threatened songbird species, the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) will take place on 14-15 November in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event is being organised by the Baltic environmental forum, BEF Lithuania, as part of the ongoing LIFE Nature Baltic Aquatic Warbler project (LIFE09 NAT/LT/000233).

The opening session of this two-day event will examine the latest developments and scientific research on the ecology and conservation of this migratory species, which was once widespread and numerous in fen mires and wet meadows throughout Europe, but has disappeared from much of its range.

For more information, including details of all five conference sessions and expert speakers, see the preliminary programme or visit the project website (English version) at:

Contact: Vaida Dieninyte

Tel. +370 5 213 8155/ E-mail

Crop for better soil project at BioCultura fair

15 November, Madrid, Spain

Photo: LIFE10 ENV/ES/000471

The LIFE Environment project Crops for better soil (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000471) will be presenting initial results and experiences from its first two years at the BioCultura trade show in Madrid. This event, the Spanish fair of organic products and responsible consumption, will be held over four days (November 14-17). The presentation - entitled “Is Ecological Agriculture the answer for the future of marginal agricultural areas in Spain?” - will take place at 6pm on 15 November and will include an analysis of the current market for products from sustainable agriculture and the potential for future market growth.  

Crops for better soil aims to demonstrate that the application of organic farming techniques can make cultivation of semi-arid land economically viable. To this end, the project is testing different methodologies (crop rotation; fertilisation with compost; and reintroduction of traditional crops) to find the optimal combinations in terms of soil and crop quality results for specific soil and climate conditions. This is being done by seeding a variety of crops - including the reintroduction of at least five traditional crops - on a variety of soil types with different characteristics in terms of acidity, erosion, stones, organic matter, humidity, and so on.

The event is open to all European stakeholders working in sustainable agriculture.
To register, please contact Mr Egbert Sonneveld:

For more information about the LIFE Crops for better soil project, visit:

European Week for Waste Reduction

16-24 November, Europe-wide


The 2013 European Week for Waste Reduction, which will take place 16-24 November, has expanded its scope. The awareness-raising event will no longer focus only on waste prevention, but will now include reuse and recycling.

The week is organised by the LIFE project, Life EWWR+ - European Week for Waste Reduction (LIFE12 INF/BE/000459), a follow-up to the project launched in 2007 (LIFE07 INF/F/000185).

The European Week for Waste Reduction, which comprises a range of activities held annually across Europe, has been broadened under the current project to address the ‘3Rs’: reduce waste, reuse products and recycle material. The project coordinator, ACR+, and its partners (AICA, ARC, IBGE-BIM and OHÜ) have developed communication tools aimed at specific target audiences, namely administrations and associations, business, schools and local citizens.

ACR+ is an international network of cities and regions that promote smart resource consumption and sustainable management of municipal waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling.

The 2013 EWWR will include the first Thematic Prevention Day on reuse, an essential component of sustainable development. Promoting reuse not only enhances environmental protection through waste prevention, but it also contributes to social objectives such as the fight against poverty, social inclusion and equality and job creation.

The LIFE project is moreover helping to implement the goals of the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), which emphasises waste prevention through reuse and recycling as a top priority. Annual EWWR+ events will be organised from 2013 to 2016 to improve awareness of these topics. These four expanded EWWR+ events are expected to involve an estimated 500 000 participants and reach 4 million people with the campaign’s key messages.

The goals of the project also include the development of best practice guidelines and toolkits addressing the key target audiences in seven languages, and the implementation of best practice guidelines in 400 pilot locations in at least four countries.

For further information about the 2013 EWWR and how to take part, visit the project website.

Final conference of LIFE+ alluvial habitats project

18-19 November 2013, Mohács, Hungary

Photo: LIFE07 NAT/H/000320

The LIFE+ DANUBEISLANDFOREST project (LIFE07 NAT/H/000320) is holding its final conference on the subject of ‘Side-arms and floodplains along large rivers’. The event aims to enhance the exchange of experience amongst experts on alluvial habitats, including researchers, protected area managers, engineers and other relevant professionals.

The conference will feature one-and-a-half days of keynote lectures, shorter 10-minute presentations, discussions and poster sessions. Headline topics will be: side-arms and islands on regulated rivers; floodplain habitats - especially softwood forests - along large rivers; invasive plant and animal species; flood risk planning; links with river-basin management planning; and habitat restoration possibilities.

The conference will provide a specific overview of the present conservation status of side-arms and floodplain habitats along the River Danube. It will discuss both the main threats to these habitats, and the best current approaches for their management, conservation and restoration. It hopes to see exchanges with the managers of other rivers. The afternoon of the second day will see a study visit to the LIFE project site on Szabadság Island and side-arm.

The event will be held at the Hotel Szent János in Mohács, Hungary and the working languages will be English and Hungarian. WWF Hungary and its partners invite participants to register for the conference free of charge via the conference website. For more information on participation please contact or for details on submitting a presentation or poster, please contact

The LIFE Nature DANUBEISLANDFOREST project has the full title: Conservation of alluvial habitats of community interest on the Szabadság Island and side channel in Béda-Karapancsa pSCI. For more information on its work and achievements, please visit the project website.

International Conference on Air Quality Programmes

19-20 November, Brussels, Belgium

International Conference on Air Quality Programmes

An international conference on ‘Tools For the Design and Implementation of Air Quality Programmes in EU Regions’ will be held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 19-20 November, 2013.

The conference is being organised by the LIFE project ‘ATMOSYS’ and the FP7 project ‘APPRAISAL’ and will feature speakers from both projects. The event is also an opportunity for representatives from the Commission’s environment department (DG ENV), the EEA and regions across Europe to discuss the gaps and challenges of implementing the Air Quality Programmes in the EU.

The APPRAISAL project is evaluating the range of methodologies used for regional and local integrated assessment of air quality and its impact on health. It is designing a general framework for integrated assessment methodologies as well as producing a guidance document that can be used to improve current integrated assessment modelling practices in the EU. This project will be featured on the first day of the conference.

The second day will feature ATMOSYS, a LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance project (LIFE09 ENV/BE/000409), which has developed a generic web-based service that contains novel elements specifically designed to evaluate and analyse air pollution in European hot spot regions. The established system is based on advanced technology, including 3D atmospheric computer models; results from recent and on-going air pollution measurement campaigns; and generic OGC-communication protocols to facilitate a fully automated web-based service.

The conference will be held in Room JDE 52, Jacques Delors (JDE) building, Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat  99-101. The conference is free, but registration is advised as places are limited: to register click on this link.

Secretary: Mieke Engelen - VITO NV, Boeretang 200 , B-2400 Mol
Tel.: +32 14 33 67 07 -

Conference in support of local biodiversity initiatives

19-20 November, Brussels, Belgium

International Conference on Air Quality Programmes

The Second European Conference on Regions and Biodiversity - ‘Local action for biodiversity: the role of regions’ - will be held at the Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November 2013, with the help of financial support from the EU LIFE programme.

Workers in the field of biodiversity at local and regional levels from all over Europe are expected to attend the conference, which will provide a platform for information exchange and discussion. The conference will include three keynote speeches and a session showcasing successful local and regional biodiversity initiatives. Participants are asked to register for one of four breakout workshops: Green infrastructure and nature restoration; Citizen Science and the monitoring of biodiversity; Biodiversity communication and stakeholder involvement; and local implementation of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), an international initiative concerning ecosystem services. The final session will bring everything together with a panel discussion on local and regional biodiversity actions.

During the conference, a Local Biodiversity Projects Fair will include presentations from regional programmes and projects supporting local biodiversity initiatives, whilst an information stand will display LIFE publications. An international photo competition, ‘Beautiful Europe – man & nature’, can also be viewed during the conference.

The conference has been organised by the CoR, the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Free registration is via the Regions and Biodiversity website:

For further information, please contact Astrid van Hemert ( or Celia Tardio (

More details about LIFE co-funded Biodiversity projects can be found on this page of the LIFE website.

Platform Meeting on 'Alternative Future Urban Mobility'

21-22 November, Berlin, Germany Schiffer"

An international LIFE+ Platform Meeting on Alternative Future Urban Mobility, organised by the Astrale LIFE monitoring team, will take place in UBA (German Federal Environmental Agency), Bismarckplatz 1, D-14193 Berlin, 21-22 November.

The meeting is being held in cooperation with the current German LIFE project, Clean Air , (LIFE 11 ENV/DE/000495) and the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). There will be a presentation on the latest EU policy developments by Guido de Wilt of the European Commission DG Environment. Download the agenda here.

The aim of this compact thematic seminar is to bring together practitioners from across Europe to:

  • Share and benefit from the experiences of completed and ongoing LIFE projects (and other initiatives) focusing on ‘Alternative Future Urban Mobility’;
  • Discuss the key issues – e.g. how to foster the change from the current mobility mode to new habits, and how to motivate people to use an e-bike rather than a car; and
  • Conclude recommendations on how the LIFE programme and the European Commission in general could support this topic.

The two-day event starts in the afternoon of Thursday, 21 November, includes a guided tour to several of Berlin’s mobility highlights in the evening followed by an informal exchange during dinner. As well as a series of presentations, active work groups will be held to discuss the pressing challenges that are common to nearly all mobility projects. Suggested work group topics include:

  • How to foster the change from the current mobility mode to new habits (e.g. how to motivate people to use an e-bike rather than a car): success factors, problems, recommendations;
  • Measuring success, encouraging further steps;
  • Ranking the likelihood of and barriers to “Alternative Future Urban Mobility” What is the role of technical solutions vs. organisational, planning, legal, economic? Do we have what we need – or what will bring the breakthrough?; and
  • Local, national, European: Who is the driver, what is the fuel, where is support? 

The External LIFE Monitoring Team, which is organising the meeting, welcomes further suggestions for work group topics. The organiser plan to restrict the event to around 30 participants and aim to ensure that those taking part represent a broad range of experience around urban mobility – from strategic planning and motivating and involving citizens to technical issues and monitoring. The number of participants will be restricted to around 30.

Of the total of around 4 000 LIFE projects, some 90 have focused on urban mobility, of which 35 are ongoing. Mobility experts without experience of LIFE projects are welcome to attend.

Register by 21 October by email:


BIOLCA Workshop presents LCA tool to help drive sustainable transport initiatives

(New date to be announced) 2013, Bilbao, Spain


The LIFE project BIOLCA (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000585) will present its new tool for evaluating and improving the sustainability of the transport sector at a workshop in the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.

BIOLCA’s web-based tool uses lifecycle analysis (LCA) to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of different transport scenarios, with the aim of reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The tool is currently being trialled in case studies, to evaluate biofuel use options in commercial road vehicles.

For further information, see the project website:

During the workshop, which runs from 9.30am to 1.00pm, participants will first learn about the technical aspects of the BIOLCA tool and then its use in two pilot projects: with Bilbao City Hall’s fleet of 152 public buses and CESPA’s fleet of 18 refuse trucks. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the main challenges facing public administrations when adopting alternatives to fossil fuels.

For further information and to register for the free workshop, contact:



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