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Events: September 2014

LIFE operating grants for NGOs Information day

10 September, 2014, Brussels, Belgium

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Information day: The info-day on LIFE operating grants for non-governmental organisations is planned on Wednesday 10 September 2014, from 02 to 06 PM, in Brussels at EASME premises.

Venue address: Covent Garden 2 building, place Rogier 16, room SDR1, 19th floor.
Access: Gare du Nord / station Rogier (Metro lines 2 and 6, Tram lines 3 and 4).
The agenda can be downloaded here.

Registrations are now closed.
Contact: EASME-LIFE-NGO@ec.europa.eu

Provisional calendar
call for proposals for NGOs and non profit making entities in 2015
Launching of call 03 September 2014
Deadline for sending proposals 15 October 2014
Notification of results February 2015
Revision and verification period February/March 2015
Closure of the selection round and dispatch of grant agreements to successful applicants April 2015

See also http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/ngos/index.htm

MulkearLIFE end-of-project conference

10-11 September 2014, Castleconnell, County Limerick, Ireland

Photo: LIFE07 NAT/IRL/000342

The final conference of the MulkearLIFE project will be held at the Castle Oaks House Hotel in Castleconnell (Ireland) on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September. The two-day International Conference ‘Celebrating River Restoration in Ireland and Europe’ is being organised by MulkearLIFE and hosted by the project’s coordinating beneficiary Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).

The MulkearLIFE project (Official name: ‘IShannonSACLAEO - Restoration of the Lr.Shannon SAC for Sea lamprey, Atlantic salmon and European otter’ - LIFE07 NAT/IRL/000342) has worked over the past five years to enhance the Mulkear River catchment (part of the Lower Shannon SAC), which covers 650 square kilometres in counties Limerick and Tipperary, for the benefit of sea lamprey, Atlantic salmon and European otter. River rehabilitation work has restored degraded habitats along the river, stopped and reversed damage caused by invasive plant species, and removed obstacles to fish migration. The project has provided a blueprint for future integrated river catchment management in other Natura 2000 areas.  For further details, see the project’s website: www.mulkearlife.com

In the conference’s opening session, Professor Martin O’ Grady (IFI) will present the keynote address, reflecting on 30 years of river restoration work in Ireland. Mr. Ruairí Ó Conchúir (MulkearLIFE /IFI) will then present an overview of MulkearLIFE’s river restoration work. Six further sessions will cover the partnerships and key conservation actions of MulkearLIFE, and focus on the project’s outreach work and AfterLIFE conservation plan. Sessions will also look at other river restoration projects in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe, with an emphasis on best practices and networking.

At the conference dinner on Wednesday evening, the MulkearLIFE DVD will be screening for the first time. The conference will conclude on Thursday with a half-day field trip to various sites in the Mulkear River Catchment, including the Annacotty and Ballyclogh weirs, several rubble mat sites on the Mulkear River,  and farm visits on the Dead River. Transport will be provided.

The conference is free of charge, but places are limited and so pre-booking is essential. A registration form can be downloaded from the project’s website.

Completed forms should be returned to Ruairí Ó Conchúir: ruairi.oconchuir@fisheriesireland.ie

Riverine Platform Meeting in Estonia

10-12 September, 2014, Tartu, Estonia

Photo:Alam-Pedja

The NGO Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus/Wildlife Estonia is hosting a LIFE Riverine Platform Meeting in Tartu on 10-12 September.

The Estonian conservation NGO was the beneficiary of HAPPYFISH (LIFE07 NAT/EE/000120) – a LIFE Nature Best of the Best project 2013 - and is currently co-ordinating the follow-up project LIFE HAPPYRIVER (LIFE12 NAT/EE/000871), which aims to restore the River Laeva to a more natural course and improve its condition, benefitting a number of priority species and habitats within the Natura 2000 network site, Alam-Pedja.

The first day of the three-day event includes presentations on projects that are strengthening fish populations and carrying out reintroduction programmes, as well as presentations on key aspects on fish conservation, namely mitigating migration barriers and creating fish passages.

The second day features a field trip to see first hand the results of HAPPYFISH project, which restored oxbow lakes in the Emajõgi River and in the Alam-Pedja Natura 2000 site to improve conditions for several EU priority fish species.

The final session on the third day will address the question of who benefits from the conservation of riverine species and habitats. It will be followed in the afternoon by an optional visit of the Centre for Limnology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

To register, visit https://astrale.wufoo.com/forms/riverine-life-platform-meeting/
For a full programme of the meeting, visit: www.loodushoid.ee/Programm_452.htm
For travel advice, visit: www.loodushoid.ee/How_to_get_there_453.htm
For further information, contact kaia.treier@astrale.org


Wetlands2014: Wetlands Biodiversity and Services: Tools for Socio-ecological Development

14-18 September 2014, Huesca, Spain

Photo: LIFE09 ENV/ES/000431

The LIFE Environment project CREAMAgua (LIFE09 ENV/ES/000431) is one of the partners of Wetlands2014, the ninth European Wetlands Congress, which takes place in Aragon, north-east Spain in September.

Subtitled Wetlands Biodiversity and Services: Tools for Socio-ecological Development, the international conference will cover key topics related to all types of wetlands, their ecology, management and applications. Particular emphasis will be given to topics dealing with wetland restoration and creation and the integration of wetlands with socio-ecological issues.

These include: the benefits and services that wetlands contribute as part of the landscape, wetland restoration at landscape and watershed scale, the role of wetlands in ecotourism and rural development, valuing the natural resources of wetlands and using them to alleviate poverty, strategies and practical solutions for environmental conflicts related to wetlands, and the contribution of wetlands to global change mitigation.

The conference will be structured into symposia, panel sessions, regular sessions, workshops and field trips to natural, restored and artificial wetlands in the region. Further information about the conference, including deadlines for registration and for submitting proposals and presentations, is available from the conference website: http://www.wetlands2014.eu, by emailing: wetlands2014@csic.es, or by downloading this announcement.

The conference is promoted and supported by Society of Wetland Scientists European Chapter, European Pond Conservation Network, Comarca de Los Monegros, EU LIFE Programme, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología-CSIC and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The goal of the LIFE CreamAgua project is to construct ‘natural’ ecosystem structures of wetlands and riverbank forests to reduce the presence of inorganic nutrients - nitrates and phosphates - and salts from agricultural runoff throughout Monegros comarca (county). At Wetlands2014, the project will present the results of these actions and its partnership work with local farmers to manage the wetlands constructed. To find out more about CreamAgua’s work, visit: http://www.creamagua.com

UPDATE 2015: The results and conclusions of the event are available here: http://www.creamagua.com/conclusionese.htm

More information: - Congress website: http://www.wetlands2014.eu/ -

Photos, articles and more: http://www.creamagua.com/congresoE.htm

Coastal management and planning workshop

18 September 2014, Turin, Italy

LIFE+IMAGINE LOGO

The first National Workshop of the LIFE+IMAGINE project (LIFE12 ENV/IT/001054) will take place from 4 to 6pm on 18 September at the Centro Convegni Lingotto in Turin, within the framework of the XII IAEG Congress "Engineering Geology for Society and Territory". The workshop will introduce the LIFE+ IMAGINE project and explore the generation of new and interoperable information for coastal management and planning. Case studies from the field will also be presented. All institutions, professionals, researchers, scientists and stakeholders that have an interest in geological and territorial planning issues are invited to take part.

LIFE+ IMAGINE is a three-year project that began in 2012 and which looks at the integrated management of coastal zones and the implementation of environmental policies in this field. Using methodologies for environmental analysis it aims to provide coastal area managers with information to support coastal planning and decision-making regarding soil sealing impacts and landslides - scenarios specifically relevant to the Liguria/Tuscany coast in Italy. To do this, the project will use a framework based on web services for environmental analysis, which integrates specifications and results from INSPIRE, SEIS and GMES/Copernicus information systems.

More information on the project and workshop (agenda) can be found on the LIFE+ IMAGINE project website.


'Living with wilderness in Europe'

17-19 September 2014, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Photo:Photo: LIFE08 NAT/IT/000325

A workshop on ‘’Living with wilderness in Europe: communicating non-intervention management strategies and dealing with public perceptions of growing populations of large herbivores and carnivores’ will be held on 17-19 September in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The workshop will address public perceptions of wilderness areas and large herbivore and carnivore populations with a view to developing a communication strategy. It will also cover ways to help site managers improve the public’s understanding of wilderness management techniques.

The event is organised by Eurosite in partnership with Staatsbosbeheer and FREE Nature. The themes of the workshop are very relevant to the Large Herbivore Network, and the organisers are looking for individuals in the network who may be interested in making either a 20-minute presentation or a shorter 5-10 minute case study.

The workshop will also include a field trip to Kraansvlak and the Oostvaardersplassen.

If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, email info@eurosite.org
For more information, visit the Eurosite website.

To find out more about LIFE and human coexistence with large carnivores, download this LIFE Focus publication.


Hermann's tortoise project to hold final conference

18-19 September 2014, Les Mayons (France)

Photo:LIFE08 NAT/F/000475

The project Life+ Tortue d’Hermann (LIFE08 NAT/F/000475) is holding its final conference on 18 and 19 September at the Salle de Fêtes, Quartier St Jean – 83340 Les Mayons, France.

The conference will highlight the results of the project and the possibilities for transferring its methods to other areas where Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni) is present in Europe. On the evening of the second day, the opening of an exhibition about the tortoise ‘La Tortue d’Hermann, joyau du maquis’, will take place at the Natural History Museum of Toulon and Var.

The LIFE project,Tortue d’HermannTowards an integrative management in favour of the terrestrial tortoises in Var – Creating tools for the managers of natural habitats in Europe’, was launched to help maintain, and increase where possible, the fragmented populations of the species in the Var region of France.

The project, which is being led by the region’s environment agency, has been developing management tools for the protection of the species. These tools take into account all the identified threats to the species in an integrated manner. While the Hermann’s tortoise is a popular pet, its populations in the wild are declining, and the reduction of favourable habitats has led to its classification as an endangered species.

The project’s target was to open up more than 500 ha of habitats, validating a method to restore the herbaceous layer. It also aimed to optimise interfaces between closed and open areas (25 areas to be fenced and 600m of hedges created), create 10 water spots and secure agreements with landowners, shepherds and other stakeholders.

To register for the conference, fill in the form on the project website. The registration form contains information about local hotels.

For more information, please contact Jenny-Soon Mazzella (Tel:+33 (0)4 4290 9078 or email: j.mazzella@arpe-paca.org).


Final conference for Vindel River LIFE

22-24 September 2014, Lycksele, Lapland, Sweden

Vindel LIFE

Vindel River LIFE, a collaborative project between Umeå University, Vindel River Fishery Advisory Board and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, is hosting its final conference in Lapland on 22-24 September. The event, “Reviving the waters: a conference on stream restoration” provides an opportunity for the LIFE project team to present its experiences and share best practices on the restoration of streams in northern Scandinavia.

As well as showcasing project results, the conference provides an opportunity to bring together river engineering and restoration experts and practitioners from Sweden and elsewhere in Europe. There is also an afternoon event open to the general public. Most of the programme is in English, except for the public event, which will be held in Swedish. The conference includes poster and ‘speed talk’ sessions, as well as a field trip to restored sites.

For more information, please visit the conference webpage

Registration includes conference meals (lunch, dinner and coffee breaks) and is free for the first 100 people. Click here to register.

The Vindel River LIFE project has restored 44 km of tributaries of the Vindel river, increasing heterogeneity through the addition of coarse sediment and dead wood; and increasing connectivity, by removing dams and reopening side channels. The project is helping to reverse the negative impact on riparian and aquatic communities of more than a century of channelisation to enable timber floating. To learn more about Vindel River LIFE, visit the project website.  


Days of Environmental Education 2014

25-26 September 2014, Bergamo, Italy

Days of Environmental Education 2014

The second Pan-European Days of Environmental Education toward Sustainability (EES) meeting will be held in Bergamo, in northern Italy, on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 September. It will build on the success of the first meeting, held in Lyon (France) in March 2013, and will provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and networking between European countries (both EU Member States and other countries).

The meeting has been organised by Regione Lombardia and other institutions, with a format ranging from plenary sessions, thematic workshops and parallel activities, to trips to local organisations involved in environmental education. The opening plenary session will look at challenges and prospects for environmental education in Europe, for instance, while a later side event will concern methodologies and systems of sustainable development and environmental education governance. Participants will be invited to discuss 10 proposals to promote education for sustainable development in Europe, which have been posted in advance as a provisional document on the EES website.

The LIFE Communications Team will attend the meeting, with Eveline Durieux (Information & Communication Senior Expert) facilitating a workshop on the Thursday and providing advice at a LIFE stand in the exhibition area. LIFE beneficiaries who developed educational activities and materials within their projects are also most welcome to participate in the meeting.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. Further information and an online registration form can be found on the EES website: http://europe.environmental-education.org/

A day of parallel activities on Saturday 27 September includes visits to museums, schools, parks, agricultural cooperatives and an educational farm. Self-organised activities can also be supported and accommodated. Those interested in organising such events can book meeting rooms or other facilities through the World Environnemental Education Congress - WEEC Secretariat: europe@environmental-education.org

To view or download the new LIFE poster, 'LIFE for environmental education', click here.

Second European Land Stewardship Week

26 September – 5 October 2014

LAND LIFE LOGO

This autumn (26 September to 5 October, 2014) sees the hosting of the second ‘European Land Stewardship Week’, an initiative of the Spanish-led Information & Communication project LANDLIFE (LIFE10 INF/ES/000540) aimed at promoting events to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the wealth of Europe’s natural and cultural resources.

Land stewardship is an emerging concept to involve society in nature conservation in Europe. During the first European Land Stewardship Week (held in autumn 2012) more than 15 000 people took part in activities, across the EU, contributing to land conservation and helping to take a step forward for land stewardship in Europe. A total of 231 organisations, public agencies, volunteer groups, municipalities, businesses, schools and other institutions organised more than 420 events.

Representatives of organisations wishing to take part, or to promote, this second LandLifeWeek can contact the organisers via email (info@landlifeweek.eu) or visit the project website at: www.landlifeweek.eu. Kindly either register an event using a simple registration form, or find an event near you. Latest developments can be followed during the week, via the website or via hashtag #landlifeweek.

The project team is also preparing a photo campaign, “Connect with Nature, to encourage the sharing of any pictures about the Week through Twitter or Instagram via hashtag #connectnature.

The project is also organising an introductory online course on land stewardship between 15 September and 30 October in partnership with the Universitat de VIC in Barcelona. The 30-hour course is available in English, French, Spanish and Catalan and leads to Expert on Land Stewardship, Basic Level certification.

For further information and to register, click here.

LIFE Hageland project study day/excursion

26 September, Diest, Belgium

Photo:LIFE11 NAT/BE/001067

The LIFE Nature project Life Hageland (LIFE11 NAT/BE/001067) is holding a study day and thematic excursion on Friday 26 September at the Ecocentrum Halve Maan in Diest, Belgium. The theme of the day (which takes place in Dutch) is "Restoration of species-rich water features from former fishing and recreational ponds".

The event runs from 09:15 to 16:30. The morning session will be taken up with a series of presentations on pond restoration. Following lunch there will an excursion to project locations in the Demerbroeken and the Vallei van de drie beken (‘Valley of the three brooks’).

For further information and to register, visit: www.natuurpunt.be/thema-excursies
or email: bram.cannaerts@natuurpunt.be. A flyer for the event can be downloaded here (Dutch only).

Life Hageland runs until August 2018. The core aim of the project is to restore a mosaic of Annex I habitat types including: wet grasslands, dry grasslands and heaths, woodland, mires and ponds. Species listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive will also benefit from the project, which is located in the Hageland district and Demer lowlands areas of Flanders. To find out more, visit: http://www.life-hageland.be.

On-sand habitat conservation international conference

30 September – 01 October 2014

LIFE09 NAT/PL/000259  LOGO

The Polish LIFE Nature project, ‘Pustynia Błędowska’ (LIFE09 NAT/PL/000259), is holding a two-day conference on the subject of protection of on-sand habitats in Klucze in the Lesser Poland region from 30 September to 01 October. 

The first day of the conference will be an opportunity to present the challenges and outcomes of the LIFE project, including the good practices demonstrated. The following day will consist of a visit to the project sites.

The Błędowska Desert project was launched in 2011 to help protect large site containing two on-sand habitats: thermophilic turfs and inland dunes, both of which are listed in Annex I of the Habitats Directive. The project is set to finish in November of this year.

The aim of the conference is to promote the good practices for the protection of on-sand habitats in other, similar areas across Poland and the rest of Europe. The conference will also help develop a precise methodology for carrying out the long-term monitoring of these habitats.

To register, ask for the application form at the following e-mail address: life@gmina-klucze.pl ( registration closes 1 September.)

 

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