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Events: June 2015

2nd Iberian River Restoration Congress and TERRITORIO VISÓN final seminar

9-11 June 2015, Pamplona, Spain

LIFE09 NAT/ES/000531

The final seminar of the LIFE project TERRITORIO VISÓN (LIFE09 NAT/ES/000531) and the second Iberian River Restoration Congress, Restaura Rios, will take place from 9-11 June this year. The event is designed to enable experts on river restoration and management from the Iberian Peninsula to reflect on the role of river restoration in the second cycle of water planning, as outlined in the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Participants will also explore the results of TERRITORIO VISÓN, also known as the Mink Territory LIFE project. The aim of the project was to improve the conservation status of the European mink (Mustela lutreola) by restoring the fluvial ecosystem and mink habitats along the lower reaches of the Aragón and Arga rivers in the region of Navarre. This was accompanied by awareness-raising activities which sought to encourage the public to place more importance on and change its attitude towards nature, rivers and the conservation of biodiversity.

The restoration work was designed improve the carrying capacity of the area for mink and other species and enable the application of three European river management-related directives: the Habitats Directive; the WFD; and the Flood Prevention Directive. A field trip on Thursday 11 June will take delegates to view some of the project’s activities.

The conference will be held in the BALUARTE Congress Centre and Auditorium in Pamplona, Spain. Read the conference programme here or visit the TERRITORIO VISÓN website for more information about this LIFE project.

Austrian LIFE information day

16 June, Vienna, Austria

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The Austrian Environmental Ministry, along with experts from the LIFE external monitoring team, are holding a LIFE information day on 16 June 2015 at the federal ministry for the environment in Vienna (Stubenring 1, Gobelinsaal).

The event will be a final opportunity for potential applicants to receive advice on the LIFE application process. It will provide practical tips on preparing and writing a LIFE project application and how to avoid the common pitfalls that may arise during the implementation of a project.

Presentations (in German) will be given by the EU LIFE external monitoring team and the National Contact Person for LIFE. Additionally, representatives of the Austrian LIFE project, ‘Urban Lake’ (LIFE12 ENV/AT/000128) will share their experiences of the programme and the application process. The project is helping conserve the former riverbed of the Danube (the Alte Donau, one of Europe’s largest urban lakes) by increasing its resilience to climate change and human pressure.

As well as covering the nature and biodiversity strand of the LIFE programme, the event will provide attendees with background on the climate strand and the new focus on integrated projects.

Places are limited and priority will be given to groups or individuals planning to submit an application this year or in subsequent calls. To register, contact: cornelia.schmitz@neemo.eu. Those who do not register in advance will not be admitted.

Conference on combating desertification

17-18 June, Valladolid, Spain

LIFE09 ENV/ES/447

The final international conference of the Spanish LIFE project, The Green Deserts (LIFE09 ENV/ES/447), will be held at the University of Valladolid on 17-18 June 2015. The event is being organised alongside the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

The first day of the conference will cover three themes: The Green Deserts project, the World Day to Combat Desertification and cooperation among projects. The UN established the World Day to raise public awareness of the issue of desertification and to promote implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and desertification.

Isabel Garcia Tejerina, the Spanish Minister for Agriculture and Environment, will be among the high-level government officials in attendance. The second day of the two-day conference will feature a visit to the tree-planting field trials in Soto and Matallana that were carried out by the LIFE project.

Climate change has led to the desertification of many agricultural areas that previously functioned as important stores of carbon. However, planting trees can help overcome this damaging environmental impact, and The Green Deserts project was launched in 2009 to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of new tree planting techniques in desertified and rocky areas.

One of these techniques involves the use of innovative ‘waterboxes’, which are used to restore the sponge function of degraded soils and to reinforce the soils’ capacity for supporting plant life. Waterboxes were tested to assess their suitability as a means of capturing rain and condensation for use in cultivating ivy plants along roadsides, where the plants are intended to absorb traffic-related air particulates and CO2.

To register for the conference, email life@transfer-lbc.com

Participation is free but spaces are limited. More information is available from the project website: http://www.thegreendeserts.com/

Meet LIFE at the 2nd International Conference on Energy & Environment

18-19 June 2015, Guimaraes, Portugal

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From 18—19 June 2015, the Portuguese city of Guimaraes will host the 2nd International Conference on Energy & Environment, an event which brings together engineering and economics.

The conference is organised by the School of Engineering, University of Minho and the School of Economics and Management, University of Porto.

The LIFE Programme will be present at the event to demonstrate successful results of its projects on sustainable energy. We will be more than happy to present our projects to you and to discuss sustainable energy issues.

The programme of the 2nd International Conference on Energy & Environment: bringing together Engineering and Economics can be found here.

To register, click here

Desert dust detection project to hold final conference

19 June 2015, Rome, Italy

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The final conference of the Italian LIFE project Diapason (LIFE10 ENV/IT/391) will be held on 19 June 2015 at the Forum Hotel Conference Hall, Via Tor de’ Conti 25, Rome.

The all-day event will include a presentation on the implementation of EU air quality legislation by a representative of the Italian environment ministry as well as presentations on issues surrounding particulate matter. Also on the agenda are several presentations on different aspect of the project Diapason – Desert-dust Impact on Air quality through model-Predictions and Advanced Sensors ObservatioNs.

Particulate matter (PM) monitoring has shown that Saharan dust makes a significant contribution to PM levels in Europe. The project was set up to tackle this problem by formulating an upgraded, innovative, robust and user-oriented desert dust detection methodology, the DIAPASON-dddM. The methodology builds on the Commission's BASELINE-dddM, which bases the detection of the presence of Saharan dust at the measuring site on plausible consequences (increase in PM) rather than on evidence of the spreading to the ground of dust plumes that were observed by satellites and predicted by modelling.

The conference will conclude with a round table discussion on the After LIFE plan and actions. Some posters from contributing authors will be displayed during the lunch break. For interested stakeholders a training course introducing the project along with the use of dust assessment computer interfaces developed within the project will be available at 3pm on 18 June 2015 at the ARPA Lazio headquarters, 5th floor, via Boncompagni 101, Rome.

For more information, please email: project.office@diapason-life.eu  

Slovak Republic LIFE Information Day

19 June 2015, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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The Slovak Republic LIFE 2015 Information Day will be held on Friday 19 June at the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava. The main objective of the event is to offer financial and technical advice to help organisations in the Slovak Republic apply for LIFE funding in 2015. The Ministry of Environment organised the meeting with the cooperation of NEEMO EEIG and EASME. On the day, there will be presentations from successful LIFE projects, examples given of best practice, and advice on avoiding common mistakes during the LIFE application process. Contact person: Ms. Karin OČENÁŠOVÁ

View the Website.

As a follow-up to the LIFE Information Day, the Ministry of Environment will be organising an exhibition on LIFE 2014-2020, with a focus on the call for proposals. This exhibition will be organised in the lobby of the Ministry’s main building from 29 June to 10 July 2015 (Námestie Ľ. Štúra 1, 812 35 Bratislava).

Benefiting from Italy's Natura 2000 network

19 June 2015, Allumiere, Italy

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Demonstrating economic advantages from Natura designations is one of the goals of the LIFE Monti della Tolfa project (LIFE 08NAT/IT/000316). Eco-tourism benefits identified by the project will be explored in detail during the project’s concluding conference on 19 June 2015.

Partners from four municipalities and three agricultural universities in central Italy have used LIFE co-finance to confirm that nature conservation represents a real business development opportunity for Europe’s rural areas. Their work focused on one of Italy’s largest Natura 2000 Network sites where the restoration of unique habitats and conservation of protected species was carried out hand-in-hand with measures to help encourage eco-tourism.

Results of this work will be explained and discussed during the two-day conference, which is being hosted in Allumiere near Rome. Delegates will hear from the project team about their experiences, successes and challenges. Experts in eco-tourism from other parts of Italy will also present their know-how and tips on how to make money from eco-tourism in Natura sites.

Special attention will be paid to encouraging eco-tourism activities outside the main national park areas. This will be useful for the myriad of smaller Natura sites that can learn how to increase local support for Natura designations by exploiting their economic development potential as eco-tourism destinations. Information will also be presented about the LIFE project’s achievements in conserving key species such as raptors, storks, bats, salamanders, snakes and terrapins.

Conference proceedings are tailored to attract the interest of tourism operators, government agencies, consultants, enterprises, organisations, the scientific community, and members of the general public who enjoy wildlife as well as rural recreation.

Registration for the conference can be made on-line and further information is available from the LIFE project team at: progettolife@comune.manziana.rm.it  

International fish passage conference comes to Europe

22-24 June 2015, Groningen, the Netherlands

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The international conference Fish Passage 2015 (FP2015) will be held in Groningen, the Netherlands on 22-24 June 2015. The international event, which is being held in Europe for the first time, is expected to attract a high number of researchers, educators, practitioners and regulators from across the world. Several high-level government representatives are also expected to attend including Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, who will officially open the FP2015 conference.

The programme includes presentations by top experts in dam removal, fish passage, river restoration, ecohydraulics and biology, among other areas. It will also include opportunities to network and share experiences with other stakeholders and specialists. LIFE projects on the subjects are invited to participate at the event.
The Distinguished Project in Fisheries Engineering and Ecohydrology Award will be presented at the conference. The winning project is awarded in recognition of its, “multidisciplinary approach to collaboration, innovation, education, and improved ecological value for passage of aquatic and anadromous species.”

The conference will be preceded by some topical courses on the theme of fish passages and featuring internationally renowned experts in the field. The day-long courses will be held at Noorderzijlvest Water Authority in Groningen on 20 and 21 June 2015.

The courses have been structured to highlight the experiences and perspectives from different regional areas, in order to offer attendees valuable new insights that will help with their current practices. Each course comprises case studies, exercises, overviews of techniques and designs. Places are limited to 35 attendees, so early online registration is advised - the cost of a one-day course is €250 with both days priced at €375).

LIFE GEOHEALTH conference on link between environment and health

22-26 June 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia

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The 31st international conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) will take place from 22-26 June 2015. The LIFE project GEOHEALTH (LIFE10 ENV/SK/000086) is co-organising the event.
Dedicated to the link between the environment and health, the conference sessions will cover three main themes.

  • Theme 1: The health aspects of geological environment contamination – waters, soils, sediments, air (including risk assessment, risk management, legislative background, analytical procedures, monitoring);
  • Theme 2: The effects of a deficit and/or excess of chemical elements in the geological environment on human health and biomonitoring; and
  • Theme 3: The linking of geochemical and medical data – datasets, procedures and methods.

In addition, the organisers are planning field trips to the contaminated site of an aluminium factory and to an open-air mining museum on the last day of the conference.
A call for papers has been issued. Abstracts can still be submitted until 20 January 2015. Further information and a registration form are available on the conference website.

The LIFE GEOHEALTH project’s main objective is to reduce the negative impact of geological conditions on the health of the population of the Slovak Republic. Among other things, the project is analysing, identifying and characterising the areas whose residents suffer from health problems associated with an unfavourable (contaminated) geological environment and will propose a series of measures to combat such negative impacts. For more about the GEOHEALTH project, please visit the project website.

Innovative Natura 2000 coordination project GESTIRE in Brussels

23 June 2015, Brussels, Belgium

GESTIRE

A biodiversity management conference will take place in Brussels on 23 June 2015 to explain the outcomes of the LIFE GESTIRE project (LIFE11NAT/IT/000044).

The GESTIRE initiative has introduced new joined-up approaches to coordinating territorial management of Natura 2000 sites in northern Italy’s Lombardy region. Lombardy has 241 Natura sites that now benefit from more unified management approaches. Representatives of the LIFE project will describe how this greater cohesion helps improve efficiency and benefits the region’s biodiversity.

Getting 241 sites together within an overall Priority Action Framework (PAF) required significant planning, partnership skills and patience. Details about Lombardy’s chosen PAF methodologies and lessons learnt will be presented during the conference.

In addition to the project presentations, speakers from the European Commission, Birdlife International and EU Member State experts will explore the policy impact of this pioneering approach to nature conservation. The benefits of this PAF initiative can readily be transferred around Europe.

Reservations for the conference can be made through the GESTIRE website, where there is also much more information about the management outcomes emerging from this innovative nature conservation project.

German LIFE information day

23 June 2015, Bonn, Germany

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The German Environmental Ministry, along with experts from the LIFE external monitoring team, are holding a LIFE information day on 23 June 2015 at the federal ministry for the environment in Bonn (Robert-Schuman-Platz 3).

The event will be a final opportunity for potential applicants to receive advice on the LIFE application process. It will provide practical tips on preparing and writing a LIFE project application and how to avoid the common pitfalls that may arise during the implementation of a project.

Presentations (in German) will be given by the EU LIFE external monitoring team. In addition, representatives of a LIFE project will share their experiences of the programme and the application process.

As well as covering the nature and biodiversity strand of the LIFE programme, the event will provide attendees with background on the climate strand and the new focus on integrated projects.

Places are limited and priority will be given to groups or individuals planning to submit an application this year or in subsequent calls. To attend, register as soon as possible by sending an email to thomas.mayer@neemo.eu. Those who do not register in advance will not be admitted.

Information session for the LIFE Call 2015 on NGO Framework Partnership Agreements

29 June, Brussels, Belgium

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EASME has held an information session on the LIFE NGO Call which was published on 15 June 2015 with a submission deadline of 27 July 2015.

Venue: Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Brussels Covent Garden 2 building, place Rogier 16, room 183, floor 7.

Objectives of the information day:

  • to present the call for proposals for LIFE framework partnership agreements
  • to answer questions from stakeholders on the call
  • to prepare potential applicants in view of their participation

Due to room size limitations, only 1 participant per NGO can participate. All slides are now available below

The session has been video recorded and can be viewed following this link

Download the agenda here.

Final seminar for France 'LIFE+ CAP DOM'

30 June – 01 July 2015, Paris, France

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Life+ Cap DOM (LIFE09 NAT/FR/000582) is a LIFE+ Biodiversity project targeting the conservation of priority birds and their habitats in the French overseas departments (DOMs) of Reunion, Guyana and Martinique.

Pilot methods and tools have been tested with research findings shared with neighbouring overseas territories and regions. Now within the framework of the European project, the LIFE+ project team, LPO / BirdLife France and partners, are hosting a final conference – a two-day seminar, which will take place on 30 June-to-01 July, at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, Paris, France.

Five themes, including future prospects for the rare or endangered bird species and habitats, have been selected for presentation at the seminar. For further information and to register, please view the programme.

The event is free-of-charge and open to all. However, registration is required in advance. The deadline for reservations is 22 June 2015.

For any questions, please email: contact@lifecapdom.org.

For more details about the project, view the project website (EN/ES/FR).

 

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