The LIFE Environment project LOWaste (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000373) is holding an international meeting on 6 March at the Centre AMAZONE in Brussels. The event takes place from 9:00-16:30 and is aimed at local, national and European decision-makers, consumers, social and traditional enterprises, networks of cities and regions as well as environmental NGOs. The programme includes a presentation of the project’s findings and looks at the success factors and barriers regarding the acceptance and uptake of second-hand goods and recycled products in our society. It will also explore the role of the social economy in this field and look at European policies relating to waste.
In the EU, three billion tonnes of waste, including 90 million tonnes of hazardous waste, are thrown away each year. This is equivalent to approximately six tonnes of solid waste per person, an amount which is increasing year-on-year. Led by the municipality of Ferrara in north-east Italy, LOWaste aimed to reduce local production of waste by developing markets for re-used and recycled products and disseminating knowledge and information on waste prevention, reuse and recycling to increase awareness of the issue. Specific waste streams addressed included food, IT equipment and construction and demolition waste.
The LIFE+ Environment project AQUA (LIFE09 ENV/IT/000208) will hold its final conference in Reggio Emilia on 14-15 March. The conference, which has been organised by the project beneficiary, CRPA, is on the theme ‘Control of nitrogen in livestock farming’.
On 14 March, in addition to learning about the actions and results of the AQUA project, delegates will see and hear presentations from the European Commission, the Emilia-Romagna regional government and several project partners. Providing an international perspective, a representative of Wageningen University will highlight nitrogen management efforts in dairy farms in The Netherlands.
On March 15, there is a technical visit to a dairy farm, a cheese-maker and a manure-fed biogas plant.
For more information and to register for the event, please contact Paolo Mantovani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The aim of the AQUA project was to demonstrate that it is possible to achieve good water quality status in animal farming areas by optimising the use of nitrogen and phosphorus, thus reducing nutrient losses to water and reducing water pollution from nutrients at river basin scale. To learn more, visit the project website: http://aqua.crpa.it
The LIFE ENV projects Operation CO2 (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000535) and The Green Deserts (LIFE09 ENV/ES/000447) are organising the joint seminar: “Soil recuperation in abandoned areas: towards a new agroforestry productive model”. The main aim of this event is to present preliminary results of the two projects as well as to animate a discussion amongst participants on soil quality improvement and better agricultural and forestry models. The seminar will include presentations from the two projects as well as from international experts on agroforestry. Participation is open to all national and international stakeholders interested in the issues covered.
The LIFE Environment sigAGROasesor project (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000641) will hold a technical workshop on 25 March 2014 in the facilities of the Spanish Ministry for Agriculture and Environment in Madrid (Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, 1, 28014, Madrid). 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.
Organised by INTIA S.A., Navarra´s Institute for Agrifood Technologies and Infrastructure, the workshop is entitled “Public Agricultural WEBGIS Transfer Systems in Spain”. It aims to bring together and foster the exchange of knowledge and expertise between all Spanish public sector stakeholders involved in the set up and provision of agricultural information services via web and GIS systems.
For further information, visit the project website: http://agroasesor.es/en/
On Tuesday 25 March a joint UK and Ireland LIFE+ Information Day will be held at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London. The event will look at the new LIFE programme, what’s new this year, what support is available and also present case studies from successful applicants. Attendees will learn how to put a LIFE proposal together and will be able to discuss project ideas with representatives from the National Contact Points. Speakers include Anne Burrill from the European Commission, Richard Findon from Defra, Ed Clegg from the Environment Agency, and Craig Thomas/Huw Davies from Natural England.
The International Conference ADAPTtoCLIMATE will be held in the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 March 2014, and conference organisers are calling for abstracts of papers to be submitted by the end of November, 2013.
ADAPTtoCLIMATE is being organised within the framework of the LIFE project CYPADAPT (LIFE10 ENV/CY/000723), which aims to develop a national strategy for adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change in Cyprus. The impacts of climate change are already being felt there, and they could soon adversely impact water resources, agriculture and food security, and other sectors of the island’s economy. The CYPADAPT team is using modelling techniques to assess the likely future impacts of climate change. It is also identifying the most vulnerable economic and social sectors, investigating existing adaptation measures in use around the world and has developed an innovative multi-criteria analysis tool to find measures that are most appropriate to the situation in Cyprus. For further information, visit the project’s website: http://uest.ntua.gr/cypadapt/
The ADAPTtoCLIMATE conference is being organised by the project beneficiary, the Department of Environment within the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus, in collaboration with project partners the National Technical University of Athens and the National Observatory of Athens. There will be both oral and poster presentation sessions. The best papers will be published in journals, including a special volume of ‘Regional Environmental Change’. There is no registration fee, but advanced registration is strongly recommended.
More information is available on the conference website: http://adapttoclimate.uest.gr/
Authors wishing to submit a paper to the ADAPTtoCLIMATE conference should e-mail an abstract of 300-500 words to the Scientific Secretariat, Dr. K. Moustakas (email@example.com) by 30 November 2013.