Within the LIFE+ project Alde Ore (LIFE08 NAT/UK/000199), the National Trust and RSPB are organising a workshop on ‘Adapting the Management of Coastal Nature Reserves in a Changing Climate’. It will focus on the partnership approach to designing and constructing water-level management systems in a challenging coastal environment affected by climate change.
The workshop will present some of the main activities and innovations of the LIFE+ project Alde Ore, which is aiming to secure a sustainable future for wildlife in the historic landscape of the Alde-Ore Estuary. The workshop will cover habitat creation measures, management and monitoring of target species, and means of managing visitor access through close community engagement.
The workshop will include guided visits to the National Trust site at Orford Ness, the RSPB-managed Havergate Island and another local RSPB reserve. It is aimed at site managers and wardens of coastal sites incorporating marsh and shingle habitats, as well as nature conservation agencies, local authorities, conservation partnerships and National Park authorities.
The cost of the workshop - which will take place in English - is EUR 200, which will include two nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as coach and bus transport to the nature reserves.
For more information on the workshop or to request a registration form contact Elysa Dale at email@example.com or +44 (0)1284 747500
For more information on the LIFE+ Alde-Ore project, visit the project website www.lifealdeore.org or read the project summary.
The first transfer workshop of the LIFE project, NITRATES (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000478) will be held on 3 October, at the Navarran Environmental Resource Centre (CRANA), C/ Padre Adoáin 217 bajo, 31015 Pamplona.
The workshop, ‘Measurements of Nitrogen oriented to producing good practices’ (Balances de Nitrógeno orientados a la definición de buenas prácticas), will aim to gather all the findings and results yielded so far by the project and propose possible measures.
The NITRATES project is assessing the impact of agriculture on water quality. It will test new technologies based on simulation models to quantify the pollution of groundwater by nitrates from agricultural sources. It is aiming to identify and promote good practices in the use of mineral and organic fertilisers, in order to reduce and prevent nitrate pollution in groundwater and surface waters in the floodplain of the River Ebro and its main tributaries.
For further information, see the project website: http://www.life-nitratos.eu/index.php/en/
The transfer workshop represents an opportunity to assess the efficiency of the measures already in place in order to improve future action plans. It is aimed at experts working in all related fields.
Registration by 30 September by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LIFE Nature Biodiversidad y Trasmochos project (LIFE08 NAT/E/000075) is organising its final seminar to present the results of its work to improve habitats for saproxylic coleopteran populations in the Gipuzkoan forests of the Basque Autonomous Community. The international event will take place in Donostia – San Sebastian, 3-4 October 2013.
The project has worked primarily to protect and increase the connectivity of pollarded-tree habitats, which are essential for saproxylic coleopterans - species of beetle that rely on dead wood. It has purchased, mapped and introduced long-term management plans for important areas of habitat. The project has also worked to improve understanding of the target species of Community interest: the hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita); and the Rosalia longicorn (Rosalia alpina).
The seminar will begin with presentations of the project, its habitat improvement actions and their results. Further sessions will focus on the socio-historical context of tree pollarding and other similar or related efforts at habitat and biodiversity improvement from other areas of Spain as well as France and the UK. The first day will conclude with a roundtable discussion and a showing of the project video.
The second day will see a site visit to the Biodiversidad y Trasmochos project sites in Oiartzun. This will show and explain the actions undertaken to manage the trees and monitor the Rosalia longicorn.
The LIFE+ project Leopoldia (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000232) is holding its first conference on Friday 4 October in the former St. Biagio Church on Palazzi Street in Gela, Sicily (start time 9 am).
The Leopoldia project aims to restore and protect dune habitats in the Gulf of Gela, in the process conserving native flora and fauna without adversely impacting local agricultural productivity. In particular, actions will help protect the threatened species Muscari gussonei (also known as Leopoldia gussonei), a perennial plant in the family Asparagaceae that is endemic to the Gulf of Gela. To achieve this aim, existing agricultural practices will be made more compatible with nature conservation objectives. The project team’s strategy will include the use of sustainable agricultural greenhouses covered with innovative plastic film to cut energy usage; soilless substrates to reduce water consumption; and closed systems to prevent the release of pollutants into the environment. For further details, see the project website: http://www.leopoldia.eu
Registration for the conference is free. For further information and to reserve a place, contact: email@example.com
The Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura (“Jura Mountains Regional Natural Park”) has organised a symposium on the restoration of watercourses and associated wetlands in association with the Syndicat Mixte des Milieux Aquatiques du Haut-Doubs (“Joint Association of Aquatic Environments of the High-Doubs”) and the Lac de Remoray Nature Reserve. The event will take place on 8-9 October in the town of Labergement-Sainte-Marie in the Franche-Comté region of France.
The symposium is designed to facilitate the exchange of practical experiences and know-how around the issue of restoring watercourses in wetland areas (marshes, fens etc). Delegates will consider the effectiveness of previous projects, the impact on habitats, hydrology, flora and fauna, as well as the effect of follow-up management measures.
The event is targeted at all those interested in the restoration of rivers and wetland areas, from managers of natural environments to conservation and restoration practitioners, monitors, academics, consultants and administrators. The second day of the symposium includes two site visits to restoration projects. The language of the meeting is French.
To register for the symposium, please visit the website of the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura.
The symposium will be followed by a Franco-Swiss technical meeting on peatland management. Further information is available from Francis Muller: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New, climate-friendly approaches to agriculture developed by LIFE projects will be under the spotlight later this year in France at a high profile conference organised by the Spanish-led LIFE Environment project, ACCIÓN AGROCLIMÁTICA (“AgriClimateChange” - LIFE09 ENV/ES/000441).
Titled, ‘Climate-friendly agriculture for Europe: lessons from experience and levers for change in the EU’, and featuring well-versed speakers on this topic including French Minister for Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, the event will be held in Toulouse from October 9th -10th.
The conference’s topical agenda is aimed at European policy-makers, farmers’ agricultural bodies and academics. Results from the LIFE project’s multi-national network of 120 case study farms will be presented, highlighting how partnership approaches can help reduce energy consumption and greenhouses gas emissions on farms by as much as 40%.
Proceeding will be translated into English and French, and the organisers encourage those interested in attending to register quickly as places are limited.
Registration details and a full programme for the event are available on the AgriClimateChange project’s website.
Opportunities are also available for other initiatives in this important EU policy arena to present their findings. Contact Solagro@solagro.asso.fr for further details about showcasing your project at the conference.
The 40th anniversary EUROPARC Conference will be held this year in Debrecen, Hungary´s second largest city located near the Hortobágy National Park, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site. The theme will be ‘40 years Working for Nature’.
The conference, which will focus on Natura 2000 and the management of protected areas, offers delegates an opportunity to exchange expertise and information regarding the latest developments in nature conservation. Experts and politicians will share their insights and experiences in workshops, field trips and presentations.
A total of 36 EUROPARC members have benefitted from LIFE funding, either as coordinating beneficiaries or serving as partners in at least 60 projects in all. The Hortobágy National Park has been the main beneficiary or a partner in eight LIFE projects that have helped to manage and preserve the park’s natural value.
The Debrecen event will focus on specific EUROPARC initiatives including: the cross-border TransParkNet project; the environmental youth education programme, ‘Junior Ranger’; the Volunteer Management in Parks project; and the growing network of parks working under the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
The EUROPARC Federation was founded in Switzerland in 1973, the year that the Hortobágy National Park, the largest continuous grassland in Europe, was created.
The LIFE+ Information and Communication project, the European Week for Waste Reduction (LIFE+ EWWR - LIFE12 INF/BE/000459) will hold a web seminar on Thursday 10 October from 10:30 to 12:30 CEST. The goal of the online training session, which is open to all, will be to cover a range of topics relating to the EWWR 2013, which takes place from 16-24 November 2013 under the patronage of Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. Topics to be covered include:
The European Week for Waste Reduction is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved. LIFE+ EWWR follows on from the earlier EWWR project (LIFE07 INF/F/000185) and will build on its work to expand awareness, reinforce and deepen understanding of waste prevention, prepare for reuse and recycling and broaden the outreach of waste prevention.
The official launch of the LIFE project, Life – OZON (LIFE12 NAT/BE/000166), will take place from 2 to 4pm on 11 October, at the Bosmuseum/Forest Museum Jan Van Ruusbroec, Duboislaan 2, 1560 Hoeilaart, Belgium.
The project, which will be carried out over the next four years on the perimeter of Brussels, will tackle the defragmentation of the areas surrounding the Sonian Forest (Forêt de Soignes/Zoniënwoud). The launch event will be attended by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Hilde Crevits, Flemish minister of mobility and public works, Joke Schauvliege, Flemish minister for environment, nature and culture, Evelyne Huytebroeck, minister of environment, energy, water jurisdiction and city rejuvenation in the government of the Brussels-Capital Region and Carlo Di Antonio, Walloon minister of public works, agriculture, rural affairs, nature, forests and heritage.
The Ozon project plans to construct more than 10 wildlife corridors, including an ecoduct, above, underneath and alongside the Brussels Ring Road and the E411. These constructions will reconnect areas of ecological value that are currently separated from one another by busy traffic routes. The project team will also erect fences to stop animals accessing roads and rail lines.
Monitoring of the most common species (e.g. roe deer and red foxes) shows that more than 50 individuals are killed on the forest’s roads each year. Moreover, several protected species are found in the Sonian Forest: Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii), Leisler's bat (Nyctalus leisleri), the European pine marten (Martes martes), ground beetle (Carabus coriaceus), palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus) and Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber).
The project partners are the Agency for Nature and Forests, the Agency for Roads and Traffic, the Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment, the Department of Environment, Nature and Energy, the Municipality of Hoeilaart, the Municipality of Overijse, the Department of Nature and Forest of the Walloon Region.
The world’s first conference on open innovation, crowd sourcing and crowd funding for sustainability – Sustainability Maker Convention 2013 – will take place on 15 October, 2013 at the Parklounge sculpture park in Cologne.
The event is an opportunity to find out about the ‘Open Innovation for Sustainability’ platform innonatives.com that will be launched at the convention. The platform is supported by the cooperation of the international innovation community, or ‘the crowd’, through open Innovation, crowd sourcing and crowd funding.
The convention is also a chance to network with sustainability experts from all over the world. Speakers include Prof. Ezio Manzini, a design for sustainability and social innovation expert from Italy, Prof Chris Ryan, a design for sustainability and resilience expert from Australia, Prof Han Brezet, a design for sustainability and base of the pyramid expert from The Netherlands and Prof Dominik Walcher, an open innovation and crowd sourcing expert from Austria.
The creation of this online platform was the main aim of the LIFE SuM – Sustainability Maker project (LIFE11 ENV/DE/000342). It offers a means of solving sustainability-related problems and of creating, financing and implementing sustainable solutions. It brings together those who have identified sustainability related problems with those who are developing, or who have already developed, solutions.
To register for the convention, visit http://sustainabilitymaker.org
A symposium on hydromorphological river restoration will be held at the Palais des Congrès in the Walloon capital, Namur, to mark the end of the LIFE Nature project, ‘WALPHY’ (LIFE07 ENV/B/000038).
The first two days of the three-day event will feature presentations on various aspects of hydromorphological restoration as well as the specific results of the ‘WALPHY’ project; the third day will be devoted to a field visit
The project has developed a structured approach to improving the hydromorphological quality of the River Meuse basin upstream of Andenne, near Namur. The aim was to achieve 'good ecological status' for a pilot area in line with the requirements of the EU’s Water Framework Directive.
The regional authority of Wallonia, together with its partners, the universities of Liege and Namur, carried out restoration measures, such as the removal of obstacles, the creation of bypass channels, and the construction of rock ramps and fish ladders. The project also helped to improve the river habitat and restored meanders.
Submissions for oral and poster presentations at the symposium must be received by 30 April. Register online by 31 July: www.colloque.walphy.be/en_formulaire_inscription.php
For more information about the symposium, visit: www.colloque.walphy.be/en_index.php
Belgian LIFE+ Environment project GtoG (from Gypsum to Gypsum - LIFE11 ENV/BE/001039) features at a one-day Gypsum Forum event, “Megatrends in Construction: the three R’s – Renovation-Resource Efficiency-Recycling”. Organised by Eurogypsum – a European federation of national associations of gypsum product producers – the forum will be held from 14h40 to 18h30 at the European Parliament in Brussels, room Paul Henri-Spaak-P4B001. It includes live broadcasting and webstreaming and simultaneous translation (French-English-German).
Representing the LIFE GtoG project is Jean-Yves Burgy, Managing Director, Recovering SARL (a project partner). Mr Burgy’s speech under the third R (recycling) is entitled: “From Production to Recycling, a Circular Economy for the European Gypsum Industry with the Demolition and Recycling Industry”.
For more information on the event, download the invitation.
To register, visit: http://www.europeanparliamentgypsumforum.eu/forum2013/
The overall aim of the GtoG project is to transform the gypsum demolition waste market to achieve higher recycling rates, thereby helping to achieve a resource efficient economy. For more information, visit the project website.
The LIFE Burren Tourism project (LIFE11 ENV/IE/000922) is holding a conference on the development of sustainable tourist destinations through partnerships, at The Falls Hotel & Spa, Ennistymon, County Clare on 17-18 October.
The project team is exploring ways to develop and manage sustainable tourist destinations of international conservation value in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark. The Burren area of the Republic of Ireland is an internationally-renowned karst limestone area that supports a diverse range of flora and fauna. It is also home to some valuable archaeological monuments and has a rich cultural heritage.
The Geopark recognises conservation and tourism depend on and support each other. A balance can only be achieved through a partnership between conservation, economic and social interests.
The first day of the conference is free. The second day consists of a field trip (€20) to the project. Information about registration and accommodation is available via the conference website. To view the conference programme, click here.
The LIFE+ Environment project WET-COMP (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000431) will be holding its final event on Friday 18 October at the Congress Centre in Düsseldorf (Room 8, starting 10am). This will also be a LIFE networking event, including presentations from related projects and an assessment of business opportunities for companies arising from the WET-COMP project. It will take place during Düsseldorf’s K 2013 Trade Fair (16-23 October), the largest International trade fair for the plastics industry.
The main objective of WET-COMP has been to evaluate and demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of using wet-laid technology in the manufacture of non-woven materials from textile waste. The technology is being used to make composites, such as reinforcement materials, from residues generated by the textile and clothing industries. This recycling technology reduces the amount of unwanted fibre material put into the environment, helping companies to implement European legislation on waste reduction. The WET-COMP project runs from January 2012 to December 2013 and is coordinated from Spain by AITEX, an association whose aim is to improve the competitiveness of the textile industry. Project partners in Spain and Germany are associations representing both the textiles and plastics industries. For additional information, visit the project website: http://wetcomp.aitex.net
To confirm attendance at the WET-COMP final event, contact: email@example.com
The ‘Integrated Mosquitoes Control Management’ (IMCM) project (LIFE08 ENV/F/000488) aims to provide effective and environmentally sound control and decision-making tools to public bodies tackling mosquitoes. The IMCM final conference will take place in Montpellier, France, 23 and 24 October.
Representatives from the European Commission and from the LIFE external Communications Team will participate in the conference.
A LIFE+ Nature platform meeting (thematic seminar) organised by the Astrale LIFE monitoring team, in cooperation with Bretagne Vivante and the Armorique Regional Natural Parc, will take place on 24-25 October in the department of Finistère in Britanny.
Since 2009, platform meetings for holders of LIFE Nature projects have been organised annually in France. They provide an ideal opportunity for participants to discuss various aspects of project management from the technical, administrative and financial point-of-views, to discuss difficulties and problems, and also to share experiences and successes. Platform meetings are organised in turn, by the project leaders.
Bretagne Vivante is the coordinator of the LIFE MULETTE project (LIFE09 NAT/FR/000583), aiming at the conservation of an endangered mollusk, the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in the Armorican Massif.
For more information, contact: Bretagne Vivante, 186 rue Anatole France, BP 63121, 29231 Brest Cedex 3, tel. 02 98 49 07 18, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LIFE project ANTIDOTO (LIFE07 NAT/IT/000436) will be holding its final event, a congress on ‘The Poisoning of Wildlife in Europe – Impact on threatened species and tackling measures’, from Thursday 24 to Friday 25 October in Congress Hall E. Fermi at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics, in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
The main aim of the ‘ANTIDOTO project (January 2009 - December 2013) has been to develop and disseminate innovative measures to combat the illegal use of poisons that present a threat to wildlife. The establishment of anti-poisoning dog units in Italy and Spain is a key outcome of the project. These units call upon the services of dog handlers, forest rangers, and veterinary physicians who specialise in poisoned baits and carcass diagnostic investigations. For additional information, visit the project website: http://www.lifeantidoto.it
The congress programme will focus, in particular, on actions against the poisoning of large carnivores and necrophagous raptors in the ANTIDOTO project’s three sites: the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park in Italy, and areas overseen by the LIFE project’s partners in Andalusia and Aragón, Spain. Other LIFE projects with similar objectives will also give presentations. On 25 October, a field trip will take participants into the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso to see a demonstration of how trained dogs locate and signal the presence of poisonous baits.
Registration closes on 14 October and is free. The social dinner and the field trip are €25 and €35, respectively. Registration forms can be downloaded from the project’s website - http://www.lifeantidoto.it - and returned to: email@example.com
"LIFE+ LAG'Nature" the French project (LIFE07 NAT/FR/000193) tasked with the creation of a network of lagoon and dune Natura 2000 sites on the Mediterranean coastline of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, is holding its final conference on 29-31 October.
The three-day European conference will take place in Montpelier at the “Espace Capdeville”. Called “Coastal Biodiodiversity: a network of actors for effective strategies”, it is being organised by the project coordinator, “Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon”, together with the 2009-2013 project’s partners, associates and financers. It provides an opportunity for the project to highlight its achievements in implementing effective measures (including removal of invasive species) to help protect and conserve the region’s vulnerable Mediterranean coastal lagoons, dunes and pond habitats.
Participants at the conference, which also offers a choice of three field trips to view some of the remedial work carried out by the project, will include stakeholders associated with the project’s five pilot Natura 2000 areas, e.g., site managers, scientists and technical experts, researchers and representatives of local and regional government departments and nature NGOs. For more information (in French), visit the project website (see under ‘Téléchargements').
A workshop to launch the Celtic Seas Partnership LIFE+ project (LIFE11 ENV/UK/000392) will be held on Thursday 31 October at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the Mersey Basin Campaign and attend an evening reception at the museum on Wednesday 30 October.
The Celtic Seas Partnership runs from 2013 to 2016 and is building on the legacy of the PISCES project (LIFE07 ENV/UK/000943). PISCES brought together key marine stakeholders to develop a cross-border ecosystem approach for implementing the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive. By its completion in December 2012, PISCES had developed practical guidelines for delivering this ecosystem approach.
Celtic Seas Partnership is involving partners over a wider geographical area; exploring a range of specific tools and approaches; and continuing the collaboration between sea-users, scientists and governments aimed at protecting the sea while allowing sustainable use of marine resources. As with PISCES, the Celtic Sea Partnership is coordinated by WWF-UK. For further information visit: http://www.celticseaspartnership.eu
The workshop in Liverpool will bring together stakeholders from different sectors and countries to learn about the project and share best practice information. Registration is free. To express an interest in attending the workshop contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of September.
The Wye & Usk Foundation, coordinating beneficiary of the LIFE Nature ISAC 08 project (LIFE08 NAT/UK/000201), will host the Rivers Trust Autumn Conference and Awards Dinner 2013. The two-day event will be an opportunity to highlight the outcomes of this nearly four-year LIFE project, which has focused on the restoration of the River Irfon, a Natura 2000 network site set in the upper reaches of the Wye system. The conference will pass on important lessons from the project regarding catchment management, improving riverine SACs, recovering afforested peat and restoring fisheries. “We have had some amazing results, including recovering the formerly acidified upper reaches, developed and proven new restoration techniques that have doubled fish numbers in the un-acidified area of the SAC and developed new techniques for captive breeding of white clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) and freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera),” says project manager, Simon Evans.
The first day of the conference includes a series of workshops, firstly presenting the results of this particular LIFE project, such as how it addressed issues of acidity and habitat degradation, before broadening the scope to cover wider issues of catchment management, including reconciling agricultural practice with the Water Framework Directive, managing fish populations on a catchment scale and keeping rivers cool. The Rivers Trust's Annual Awards Dinner will be held in the evening, following the workshops.
Day two of the event, which takes place at the Caer Beris Manor Hotel in Builth Wells, Wales, will include a field trip to relevant project sites.
For further details and to book a place at the event, go to: http://www.theriverstrust.org/seminars/index.htm
More information about LIFE ISAC 08 is available from the project website: http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/isac/
CAPR (LIFE08 NAT/RO/000501), the Romanian LIFE project targeting the lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina) is holding a final international conference to update the European Action Plan for the endangered raptor’s conservation.
The conference will take place in the Fagarași Mountains in Romania – Cabana Bâlea Cascadă from 31 October to 2 November. The aim is to bring together experts from at least 10 European countries to share their experiences related to the conservation of this species.
As well as updating the 1997 action plan, the conference will provide an opportunity to share the results of the CAPR (“Conservation of Aquila pomarina in Romania”) project, which was carried out by the environmental protection agency of the Sibiu County, along with its partners, Romanian Ornithological Society (partner of BirdLife International) and Milvus Group Association, Romania. For further information, visit the project website: http://www.pomarina.ro.
The conference also offers the chance to share information on the conservation measures for the species undertaken in different countries and the opportunity to meet with teams from other LIFE projects focusing on raptor species. The final day of the conference will include a field trip to see first-hand conservation measures implemented by the CAPR project.
The organisers have called for updated information on the national conservation status of the species in the main countries where it is present to be sent to communication officer, Mihai Proca (email@example.com) by 20 October. For further information about the international conference, please contact Mr Proca by email or telephone (+40 735 514 579).