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Events: April 2014

2014 Forum for the Future of Agriculture

01 April 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Green Carbon Conference

The 7th edition of the Forum For Agriculture (FFA) is being held on the theme ‘Meeting the Food and Environmental Challenge – How to sustainably produce more with less and trade better’. The event, which promotes free and open debates between the main stakeholders on the future of agriculture, will be held in Brussels on Tuesday 1 April 2014.
The event will have four main sessions covering:

  1. The Environment – land use and natural resources in EU policies;
  2. Sustainable Agriculture – sustainable intensification in Europe;
  3. Farming Business – increasing the competitiveness and investment in farm businesses; and
  4. Trade – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on an agricultural perspective

The FFA has launched a series of online debates on the Forum topics, which will prepare and feed into the discussions at the event.

All interested individuals are invited to share their questions, opinions and ideas through the debates web page, through the FFA’s Facebook account or via Twitter (#FFA2014).

The LIFE programme will participate in the FFA with a stand providing publications and information of the most relevant LIFE-funded projects in the area of agriculture and the environment.

The main event will take place from 08:00 to 18:00 on Tuesday 1 April at The Square, Brussels. Pre-event workshops will also be held by partner organisations on 31 March. Please see the full agenda here, register here, or for more information contact


Green Carbon Conference

01-03 April 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Green Carbon Conference

The LIFE + AGRICARBON project (LIFE08 ENV/E/000129) is promoting a green carbon conference, which will be held at the Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre, 135 rue Midi, Brussels on April 1-3, 2014.  The event is organised by the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF), a project partner, along with French Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAD). .

The conference is entitled ‘Green carbon: making sustainable agricultural real’. Itaims to highlight the vital link between Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and the condition of the soil, as well as the role this link plays in sustainable agricultural production and ecosystem services.

As well as SOC, the conference will also focus on those sustainability and landscape issues closely related to the role of soil carbon, such as ecosystem functions and services, climate change mitigation and carbon offsetting. It will also include socio-economic and policy considerations. The conference is aimed at scientists, EU and government officials, the private sector and NGOs, and farmers, who are eager to learn more about conservation agriculture. The Conference also seeks to alert EU policy stakeholders and technical officers of the urgent need to adopt sustainable soil and production system management
practices of Conservation Agriculture (CA) to achieve the announced objectives of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform 2020.

The ‘LIFE+AGRICARBON project,, which is being carried out by the Asociación Española Agricultura de Conservación / Suelos Vivos (AEAC/SV), is encouraging the development of sustainable agricultural techniques -, such as CA and precision agriculture - that lower greenhouse gas emissions and the adaptation of farming techniques to reduce global warming.

All participants are invited to present papers on any of the conference themes. These may be either 15-minute spoken or poster presentations.

Online registration for the conference is possible until March 10, 2014. Please visit

Registrations received after this date will not be considered online and will have to be resubmitted at the conference registration desk from April 1, 2014.

Download the second announcement here.


LIFE+ Platform Meeting on urban resilience

04-05 April 2014, Colombes, France


Urban resilience is the ability of an urban territory/community to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from hazards to which it is exposed, for example climate change, natural disasters, economic hardship and social poverty.

This LIFE Platform Meeting will be hosted by the R-Urban project (LIFE10 ENV/FR/000215) at the Agrocité unit in Colombes, France. The meeting has two main objectives: firstly, to bring together practitioners from all over Europe to discuss urban resilience challenges and to share and benefit from the experiences of completed and ongoing LIFE projects in this field; and, secondly, to make recommendations for the LIFE programme and the European Commission as to how they could support this topic. The meeting will feature workshops on the following themes:

  • Workshop 1: Infrastructure and planning: The debate will focus on large-scale resilience, urban planning and green/blue infrastructure.
  • Workshop 2: Waste management, recycling, reuse: The session will address issues of waste management and recycling at different scales (local, regional, national etc.) and their contribution to increased territorial resilience.
  • Workshop 3: Resource management and closed circuits: This session will focus on issues related to the management of natural resources and renewable energy production in an urban context.

These workshops will be followed by a debate on cross-cutting issues, which will be divided into two sessions: one on the participatory approaches and local governance of resilient projects; and one looking at ways of increasing resilient strategies for territories.

Later in the afternoon, the Platform Meeting will also provide an opportunity to visit the host project’s RecycLab, a unit that has been developed to promote urban recycling and provide support for cultural and educational activities around ecological themes.

The R-URBAN project aims to demonstrate that networks of active citizens and associations can create alternative models of production and consumption through the introduction of sustainable collective environmental practices that respond to the needs of modern cities. R-Urban is a bottom-up strategy that will increase the ecological resilience of Colombes following the principles of: recycle, re-use, repair, re-think. Its ultimate goal is to deliver social, environmental and economic benefits in sustainable ways that respect the local culture and traditions. More information is available on the project website.

Download this document for more information on the event.

European Forum on Eco-innovation to focus on 'circular' urban economies

07-08 April, Hannover, Germany

Green Carbon Conference

The LIFE Programme will be one of the exhibitors at the 16th European Forum on Eco-innovation, ‘Wasted potential! Towards circular economy in cities’, which takes place in Hannover, Germany in April. The forum is the joint initiative of the European Commission and the German federal ministry for the environment and building (Bundesministerium für Umwelt und Bauen).

The forum will focus on the challenges facing city authorities, businesses and citizens when moving towards a ‘circular economy’ urban model that takes into account the use of renewable energies and alternative energy sources in the production and consumption of good and services. The event will highlight eco-innovations that support such moves and enable cities to meet new targets for municipal waste treatment in line with revised EU legislation.

Held during the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology at Hannover Messe (7-11 April), the forum will be linked to the Metropolitan Solutions and IndustrialGreenTech fairs and will take place in parallel to the EMAS meetings/EMAS awards ceremony, the ETV Stakeholder Forum and the ETV presentation of Statements of Verification. Attendees will have free access to the Hannover Messe and can join walking tours on a range of subjects.
The European Forum on Eco-Innovation was established to create networking opportunities and exchange innovative practices. One of the main aims is to provide local authorities with solutions for implementing more sustainable waste management systems.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the forum website (login: ECOAP and password: WASTE) or contact the Secretariat of the EcoAP Forum at Registration is free and early hotel booking is advised because of the high number of visitors to the Hannover Messe.

For more information about LIFE projects targeting waste management, search the LIFE project database. A LIFE Focus publication highlighting the programme’s relevance to local and regional authorities can be downloaded here

FO3REST project hosts international meeting on the impacts of air pollution on the environment

07-10 April 2014, Rome, Italy

Chiro Med LOGO

From 7-10 April, the LIFE project FO3REST (LIFE10 ENV/FR/000208) will host the 24th Workshop of the Coordination Centre for Effects (CCE) and the 30th Task Force Meeting of the International Cooperative Programme on Modelling & Mapping Critical Loads & Levels and Air Pollution Effects, Risks and Trends, under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE). The event will specifically look at assessments of impacts of air pollution, and interactions with climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services. It will also introduce the FO3REST project, its aims and methodology.

FO3REST is a three-year project that aims to refine the criteria and establish validated thresholds for forest protection against ozone and climate change. By comparing measured and modelled canopy-level stomatal fluxes (a stomata is a microscopic pore on a plant leaf), FO3REST will gain knowledge that will be used to update the current Deposition of Ozone and Stomatal Exchange (DO3SE) model for calculating ozone flux . In addition it will see plant defence for the European beech and Aleppo pine included in the model. Further information is available from the project website.

More information about the event in Rome can be obtained from project partner ENEA via A copy of the draft agenda can be downloaded here

Final conference of the LIFE Chiro Med project

08-09 April 2014, Arles, France

Chiro Med LOGO

The LIFE Chiro Med project (LIFE08 NAT/F/000473) will hold a closing conference in the city of Arles in the south of France on 8-9 April.  The conference will highlight the work of the project, which was designed to achieve the conservation and integrated management of two bat species in the French Mediterranean region, the greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) and Geoffroy’s bat (Myotis emarginatus).

The conference is being organised by the coordinating beneficiary, Syndicat mixte de gestion du Parc naturel regional de Camargue, in collaboration with the project partners. The second day of the conference will include a choice of one of three field visits to project sites in La Camargue, Les Marais du Vigueirat or La Camargue Gardoise. 

The LIFE Chiro Med project set out to improve knowledge of the two target bat species, develop and protect their breeding areas and disseminate knowledge and information to increase public awareness (including through a project video, which will be shown during the event in Arles). For further information visit the project website.

To register for the conference (deadline: 26 March) contact project manager Elodie Thirion (Email:; tel: +33

The language of the meeting will be French.

LIFE project to present new decision-support tool for plagues and plant illnesses in extensive cultures

23-24 April, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

sigAGROasesor LOGO

The LIFE Environment project sigAGROasesor  (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000641) will participate in the II GENVCE conference (the Spanish Assessment Working Group for New Extensive Cultures) on 23-24 April 2014 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The project seeks to help farmers and farm managers achieve the most efficient and sustainable production of crops. This is being achieved through the development of an online tool capable of displaying customised recommendations for extensive agriculture, in real time, and for specific areas of cultivation, on the basis of a series of detailed variables and values.

During the event, LIFE sigAGROasesor will present the support tool for plagues and plant illnesses, one of four new decision-support systems for extensive agriculture that the project has under development.

The event will also include presentations from IFAPA (the Andalusian Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research and Formation), the organisation of Spanish Agricultural Cooperatives and the Spanish Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment, amongst others.

The conference is targeted at all those with an interest in extensive agriculture (including both public and private sector stakeholders).

Agenda (document in Spanish)
For registration, please contact

For further information, visit the project website:

Best LIFE projects Nature and Information ceremony

29 April, Brussels, Belgium

Best LIFE projects Nature and Information

A ceremony that recognises the achievements of 13 LIFE projects targeting nature conservation will take place on 29 April 2014. Eleven of the award-winners are LIFE Nature projects; the other two being LIFE Information & Communication projects with a nature conservation focus.

The event, which will feature short presentations by the winning projects, will be held from 17:30 onwards at meeting room 0D of the Centre de Conferences Albert Borschette (CCAB), rue Froissart 36. Brussels. The awards will be made in the presence of the Habitats and Ornis Committees, which are made up of Member State representatives following the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives.  

For more information on the selection process and previous winners, including links to project summaries, layman’s reports and websites, visit the Best Projects section of the LIFE website.


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