The first edition of Inter-LIFE Portugal, a meeting intended to exchange good practices and networking among Portuguese projects funded by LIFE, takes place on 3-4 November 2016, in Bussaco.
The meeting is organised by the LIFE National Contact Point, the Portuguese environmental agency, and will include presentations by recently-funded as well as completed Portuguese LIFE projects. Being held as part of the PT CAPACITY BUILDING (LIFE14 CAP/PT/000004) LIFE project, this meeting will be the first in what is scheduled to become an annual fixture and one that is expected to foster increased networking among Portuguese projects.
Another goal of the event is to create more involvement in transnational proposals. To encourage this, four LIFE projects from outside of Portugal will also participate. The non-Portuguese projects are dealing with governance and information, nature and biodiversity, climate and environmental subjects.
The meeting is being hosted in Bussaco with the support of local LIFE project BRIGHT (LIFE10/NAT/PT/00075), whose work to control invasive alien species with the help of several stakeholders so as to conserve a unique habitat has been recognised in a recent LIFE publication.
The LIFE programme will be present at the 3rd edition of the Renewable Energy and Products from Biomass and Waste workshop that will be held in Seville (Spain) on 3-4 November 2016.
Organised by the chemical and environmental engineering department of the University of Seville, the two-day workshop is aimed at stakeholders from the waste sector, including researchers and private companies. International experts from Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain will give keynote speeches and lectures.
In addition to a presentation on the contribution of the LIFE programme to the sector, the LIFE team will be available at the LIFE stand to answer questions on past and present renewable energy and waste and biomass projects financed by LIFE. Some examples of these good practices will be available in the thematic factsheet and posters to be presented at the event.
Come and listen to our presentation and look out for us in the exhibition area…we will be more than happy to tell you about the successes of LIFE projects and to discuss green energy and products derived from waste and biomass.
Inter-LIFE France, the annual meeting of French LIFE Nature project coordinators (beneficiaries) will take place this autumn on 7-8 November 2016 in Auzat, Ariege (Midi-Pyrénées).
The theme of the meeting is ecological connectivity and how it can improve the functionality and capacity of the Natura 2000 network. To register for the event, please contact: Melanie Nemoz.
The meeting is organised by the Desman project (LIFE13 NAT/FR/000092), which is working to protect the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus), a small semi-aquatic mammal that was discovered in 1811 and whose population is decreasing. Another aim of the project is to strengthen ecological connectivity in the aquatic environment.
To learn more about the innovative conservation techniques developed by the Desman project to ensure that all Pyrenean aquatic habitat development and maintenance actions take the desman into consideration, visit the project's website.
The LIFE HEALTHY FOREST (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000179) project is organising its first workshop in Arkaute on 7-8 November 2016. Areas of expertise and tools for detection and prevention of forest decline is the title of the two-day event that brings together international experts in forest health.
The workshop is addressed to representatives and stakeholders from the forest and truffle sectors and is also open to the general public. Presentations will be delivered in Spanish and English and will deal with topics such as forest diseases, biocontrol, molecular analysis and Lidar information applied to forest ecosystems.
LIFE HEALTHY FOREST is working to design, apply and monitor advanced methodologies to achieve more sustainable forestry management at EU level, especially to prevent forest decline caused by invasive and pathogenic agents, taking into account both environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The project will be implemented at regional scale across the three provinces of the Basque Country and is expected to contribute to the EU forest and biodiversity knowledge base.
For more information about the event, see the full programme.
Registration to the workshop is free of charge.
Eurosite, a platform for managers of natural sites across Europe, will hold its annual meeting, entitled Ecosystems at your service: how to incorporate ecosystem services into practical site management, in Serres, Greece, 7-10 November 2016.
Eurosite, which benefits from a LIFE Programme NGO operating grant to support its activities, will use the first full day of the meeting (on 8 October) to focus on how to integrate ecosystem services into practical site management.
The event aims to bring together public officials, NGO experts, groups and individuals committed to Eurosite’s vision of site-based protection and conservation.
The opportunity will enable participants to develop and expand their network, share best practice and learn from each other’s approaches to natural site management.
Founded in 1989, Eurosite comprises members from the Atlantic islands to the Black Sea, and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean.
Eurosite exists to safeguard Europe’s unique flora and fauna by engaging with different stakeholders including local communities, farmers and hunters.
More information about the annual meeting, and registration details, can be found on Eurosite’s website. Would-be participants have until the end of September to register.
Eurecat-CTM (the Technology Centre of Catalonia) is organising the LIFE Projects technical conference: Water, waste and circular economy on 8 November 2016, at their facilities in Manresa (Spain). The aim of the conference is to publicise the achievements of 12 LIFE projects working in this area, and to offer an opportunity to network and share experiences.
Following an introductory session - with contributions from Eurecat-CTM and the European Commission - the conference will split into two parallel sessions. Beneficiaries from LIFE RELEACH , LIFE REMEMBRANE, LIFE FoundryTile LIFE Ceram, LIFE ECORKWASTE, and LIFE VINEYARDS4HEAT will present their results at the waste and circular economy session; while project partners from LIFE ZELDA, LIFE-OFREA, LIFE InSiTrate, LIFE REGENERA LIMIA, LIFE WIRE and the new LIFE REWATCH (LIFE15 ENV/ES/000480) project will summarise their progress in the water session.
In the afternoon, there will be visits to the pilot plants developed under the LIFE RELEACH (lixiviates treatment pilot plant), LIFE ECORKWASTE (gasification pilot plant) and LIFE InSiTrate (in situ treatment of nitrates from groundwater) projects, all involving Eurecat-CTM as a beneficiary.
The LIFE Communications team will participate at the conference, both with a presentation of good practices developed by LIFE on the conference themes and at an exhibition stand.
Innovative technology to enable more efficient sorting and recycling of Europe's leading packaging plastic - polyethylene terephthalate or PET - will come under the spotlight at a major conference in Spain.
The goals and preliminary achievements of LIFE PETCYCLE (LIFE14 ENV/BE/001065) will be featured in session six of the Sustainability in Packaging Europe conference, which is being held in Barcelona on 10 November 2016 at 11:20. Session six is to focus on recycling and waste management.
The LIFE project, based in Belgium, is pioneering a system whereby PET polymers are ‘coloured’ with fluorescent markers that show up under optical laser-based detectors and can be separated from a mixed waste stream to maximise the quality and value of recycled PET.
The project is coordinated by the consumer goods company Procter and Gamble. The project manager, Gian De Belder, will make a presentation on the system of tracer-based sorting developed by LIFE PETCYCLE and the need for standardisation throughout the plastics industry to improve recycling volumes and quality.
Registration details for the event are available here.
LIFE CB SI (LIFE14 CAP/SI/000012), a capacity building project, is organising a special workshop focused on local communities as project beneficiaries. It takes place in Ljubljana on 10 November 2016.
The workshop will focus on LIFE programme as financial instrument for co-financing environmental projects within local communities in Slovenia. The event will facilitate discussion of national, local and LIFE programme priorities to see where the three overlap and how the latter can be used for solving environmental issues.
Representatives of Ajdovščina (Slovenia) and Turin (Italy) municipalities and more specifically from their respective LIFE projects, LIFE ViVaCCAdapt and LIFE SAM4CP, will share their experience with the LIFE programme and how they managed coordination with various partners and stakeholders.
LIFE ViVaCCAdapt (LIFE15 CCA/SI/000070) is focusing on comprehensive strategy for climate change adaptation - specifically how to avoid negative economic impact of climate change, taking into account the specificities of the Vipava valley region.
The LIFE SAM4CP project (LIFE13 ENV/IT/001218) in Turin is focused on creating an easy-to-use simulator that will allow territorial decision makers to include the ecological functions of soil within the assessment of the environmental and economic costs and benefits associated with urban planning and land-use measures and choices.
The concluding workshop session will consider actual project ideas and instructions on how to develop local community ideas into a project proposal. There will also be plenty of time available for networking amongst the participants.
This workshop is due to be followed by two more, one to be dedicated to SMEs and the other to be designed for managers of protected areas. Both workshops will be held early in year 2017.
The Italian National Contact Point (NCP) for the LIFE programme is organising a side event within COP22 in Marrakech from 15:30-17:30 on 11 November 2016, entitled ‘Knowledge Platform: Best practices for the environment and climate action’.
The online Knowledge Platform was implemented by the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea to highlight successful Italian experiences in the environmental and climate action fields. It includes over 300 best practices from projects co-financed by the European Commission within different EU programmes, including LIFE. The event will focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the possibility of using the Knowledge Platform’s instruments beyond the Italian context.
The Italian IPNOA (LIFE11 ENV/IT/000302) project will present its results at the side event. The goal of IPNOA was to decrease emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) from agricultural activities in Tuscany. The project team demonstrated two prototypes (one fixed and the other portable) to monitor N2O emissions from soils, and used these to help identify the best agro-ecosystem management practices to reduce agriculture emissions. To find out more about IPNOA, visit the project’s website.
For further information about the Knowledge Platform side event, please contact Stefania Betti, National Contact Point LIFE, by email Betti.email@example.com or telephone: +39 06 57228252.
The agenda for COP22 (the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), which takes place from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, can be found here.
The LIFE programme will be present at the 6th edition of the International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, to be held in Venice, Italy, on 14-17 November 2016.
rganised by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG), the event will be a unique forum for all professionals and organisations working in the sustainable energy sector.
In addition to hosting a workshop at the event, the LIFE team will be available at the LIFE stand to highlight some of the important contributions that LIFE is making to energy sustainability in the EU. Some of these good practices are already available in the thematic factsheet and posters to be presented at the event.
Attend our workshop and look for us in the exhibition area! We will be more than happy to tell you about the successes of LIFE projects and to discuss green energy issues.
The conference programme and more information on the 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, can be found here.
To register, click here.
The LIFE RES MARIS (LIFE13 NAT/IT/000433) project will be at the heart of upcoming celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the botanical gardens of Cagliari during the week 14-20 November 2016.
Prof. Gianluigi Bacchetta, who is the Director of the Garden, and his team at the Centre for the Conservation of Biodiversity of the University of Cagliari, which is a partner in the RES MARIS project, have foreseen a series of events with the participation of relevant Italian and International experts. The initiatives are patronised by several local bodies, including the Province of Cagliari, the coordinating beneficiary of LIFE RES MARIS.
LIFE RES MARIS will feature in the RIBES seminar on Biodiversity, on 16 November 2016 during which the project’s activities will be presented in detail. The LIFE project covers three terrestrial and marine priority habitats in a Natura 2000 network site all of which are under threat from a range of problems, such as the introduction of invasive alien species (IAS) and the effects of mass tourism. The project’s main objectives are to reduce the threat to the target habitats – posidonia beds (Posidonion oceanicae), coastal dunes and wooded dunes – due to the presence of invasive plant species and to apply best practices and actions to protect and restore the three priority habitats in the Natura 2000 network site.
The Spanish LIFE project UROGALLO CANTABRICO (LIFE09 NAT/ES/000513) is holding its final information seminar in Ponga, Asturias on 15 November 2016. The project has been carrying out measures to boost the conservation of the Cantabrian capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus cantabricus) in the Cantabrian mountain range.
The LIFE project brought together public authorities, private entities and civil society to halt the decline of this emblematic endangered bird species. It is estimated that the Cantabrian capercaillie has disappeared from 70% of the areas that it occupied just three decades ago. The seminar will highlight the actions carried out by the project to arrest this decline, with the aim of encouraging the exchange of views on the future conservation of the species.
The project, which was coordinated by the biodiversity foundation of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, developed more than 500 ha as favourable habitat for the grouse species. This habitat is particularly sensitive to human disturbance, but the project demonstrated how the Cantabrian capercaillie responds to habitat improvements. Some individuals have been spotted in the restored areas.
Other actions carried out by LIFE include the removal and marking of more than 60 km of dangerous fences and the reduction of the risk of electric shock and noise from electrical infrastructure. Furthermore, the project initiated a captive breeding programme at the Sobrescobio centre and carried out some reintroductions for the first time for this species of grouse. The lessons learnt and knowledge gained has resulted in the accrual of comprehensive information that will be of use for future capercaillie breeding and reintroduction actions and protocols.
Finally, social participation was one of the cornerstones of the project. Hunting, farming, tourism, beekeeping and other sectors were engaged in the conservation of grouse and 20 land stewardship agreements were implemented. Dissemination activities engaged around 2 500 volunteers along with many schools.
The seminar is free to attend, but registration is requested.
A LIFE project in Spain focusing on sustainable fish farming will bring together aquaculture and marine experts to discuss developments in the sector and to showcase its own accomplishments in promoting eco-friendly approaches to an industry expected to undergo massive growth as demand for fish increases in the coming decades.
Rather than conducting the workshop in a conference centre, the project will transport participants directly to the seashore where they will be able to see for themselves some of the innovative approaches being tested by this project.
LIFE AQUASEF was developed by a consortium of public and private sector organisations to address the environmental challenges inherent to the rapidly growing aquaculture sector. Saltwater cultivation of seafood is expected to grow twenty-fold by the middle of this century, and with each European consuming on average 23 kg of seafood products a year the challenges are likely to intensify.
The project’s approach has been to focus on reducing water, energy and raw materials usage, as well as limiting eutrophication caused by the discharge of pollutants.
Among the approaches being pioneered are the use of generators using renewable energy from the sun and wind, coupled with high-efficiency aerators for water oxygenation and the production of the oxygen itself by hydrogen cells.
These combined enhancements are expected to save around 50 tonnes of CO2 every year at the aquaculture facility the LIFE project is working with. The project is also working to fix CO2 emissions from microalgae cultivated as food for fish and molluscs. These microalgae have added value thanks for their water purification properties.
Participants can register for the conference here.
More information about LIFE AQUASEF can be found at the project’s website.
The 2016 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) takes place from 19-27 November 2016.
The week consists of multiple activities taking place all around Europe that promote awareness of sustainable resource and waste management. This year’s edition will have a particular focus on packaging waste reduction, under the slogan, “use less packaging.”
As ever, the EWWR – which is run by the LIFE project EWWR+ (LIFE12 INF/BE/000459) – is an occasion to engage around the ‘3Rs’ of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. To date more than 61 500 actions have taken place as a result of the EWWR since its launch in 2009. The organisers hope to implement more actions in 2016 than in any previous edition.
Participants in EWWR need to register their actions before 4 November 2016 on the EWWR website.
The EWWR website contains a helpful database of examples and ideas of how to organise a waste reduction action. There are also a lot of support tools available to help formulate, implement and evaluate an action.
Should you require more information, contact the EWWR team directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LIFE REBus (LIFE12ENV/UK/ 000608) project is organising an event celebrating resource efficient business models (REBMs). Taking place in London on 21 November 2016, the event will focus on how to develop efficient business models that embrace the opportunities of the circular economy.
There will be four key sessions exploring different aspects of REBMs.
Each of these sessions will be broadcast as webinars for those unable to attend the event.
Participants will also get the chance to meet with REBus experts to discuss circular economy opportunities and how to design and implement REBMs for businesses supplying products and services.
With businesses increasingly having to face the consequences of natural resource scarcity, the aim of the LIFE REBus is to demonstrate how businesses and their supply chains can implement REBMs. The project is carrying out 30 pilot REBMs of various sizes in four key markets: electrical and electronic products; clothing; furniture; and construction products.
The LIFE project Pêche A Pie de Loisir (LIFE12 ENV/FR/000316) is holding its final meeting on the current and future state of recreational fishing in France (Etat des lieux et avenir de la pêche à pied récréative en France) on 23-24 November 2016 in Boulogne-sur-mer.
The first day of the meeting will see presentations on social attitudes and governance of angling in the country. It will also highlight the results of the LIFE project, which demonstrate transferable methods for promoting sustainable approaches to shore-based sea angling in 11 pilot areas in France.
Roundtable discussions will follow on the second day, allowing attendees to share views and proposals for the future of this recreational activity. Many anglers are unaware of the environmental regulations affecting their pastime.
The Pêche APiedeLoisir project has been working to improve knowledge about the practice of recreational coastal fishing and its impact. It also aimed to establish a sustainable process of stakeholder networking at local and national levels.
To register for the meeting click here. The event is free but limited to 200 attendees.
For more information, contact Marie Morineaux: email@example.com and visit the project website.
The Slovenian project LIFE PharmDegrade (LIFE13 ENV/SI/000466), which aims to reduce the presence of pharmacologically active compounds in wastewater, is to hold its final conference in November 2016 to review achievements and consider ways of building on the project's work.
The goal of LIFE PharmDegrade is to develop and upscale an efficient and cost-effective technologically-advanced chemical oxidation - to remove pharmaceuticals from the effluent of waste water plants. Biological wastewater treatment plants are often insufficiently equipped to thoroughly treat and remove pharmaceutical residues. The European Commission has identified such residues as a matter of concern, in particular highlighting the potentially detrimental effects of endocrine disruptors, antibiotics, painkillers and tranquilisers remaining in reprocessed water.
The conference, which takes place in Ljubljana on 24-25 November 2016, will assess LIFE PharmDegrade's optimisation of analytical methods and removal processes developed during the project cycle.
As well as summarising the project's accomplishments, the conference will cover several related areas, including the dangers posed by endocrine disruptors and other pharmaceuticals in drinking water, and the increase in microbial resistance due to over-exposure to antibiotic residues in drinking water.
If you're interested in registering for the conference you can do so, free-of-charge, via the project website before 24 October 2016.
The Eurosite Natura 2000 Twinning Workshop will be held at Ackerdijkse Plassen and Tiengemeten, the Netherlands, on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 and Thursday, 1 December 2016. Eurosite and its member organisation Natuurmonumenten are organising the workshop as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.
The first day of the Twinning Workshop, which will be held at Natuurmonumenten’s visitor centre in Ackerdijkse Plassen, will include presentations and discussions on the history, success and future of twinning in Europe, with a focus on Natura 2000 network sites. The second day’s activities will include a field visit to the island of Tiengemeten, which was part of a Eurosite twinning agreement. For further information and to register for the workshop, visit the event’s webpage.
Twinning is a structured collaboration between people from two different nature protection sites, which facilitates synergies, and joint working and learning activities. The European Commission and Natura 2000 network site managers are promoting twinning as an important tool for improving site management practices. During the workshop, participants will help design a new Natura 2000 Twinning Framework, to take forward the experiences from existing Eurosite twinning programmes.
Eurosite, an NGO funded by the LIFE Programme, is a network of site managers, bringing together non-governmental and governmental organisations, individuals and other organisations involved in the protection and conservation of Europe's nature. The NGO provides site managers with opportunities to network and exchange experience on practical nature management.
The LIFE+ ForBioSensing PL (LIFE13 ENV/PL/000048) project will hold its first scientific conference in Białowieża (Poland) from Wednesday, 30 November to Friday, 2 December 2016.
The project team is establishing a monitoring methodology for stand dynamics over large areas of the Białowieża Forest, using innovative remote sensing techniques. Białowieża forest is the last natural forest in central Europe, with around half of its area currently protected. By using several different time series of remote sensing data, and moving from point-scale monitoring (field measurements on sample plots) to large-scale remote monitoring, the project will provide a comprehensive overview of changes in forest stands over time. The project’s work will improve the efficiency of operations carried out to protect forest ecosystems, and further the study of forest biodiversity.
During the Conference, the LIFE+ ForBioSensing project team will present data on the current conditions in Białowieża Forest, based on their first two years’ results. The conference is being organised by project beneficiary the Forest Research Institute. Registration for invited participants can be completed online.
For further information about the scientific conference, look for updates on the Life+ ForBioSensing PL website, where further details of all the project’s actions can be found, or contact the project’s promotion specialist Olga Jasińska.