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Events: October 2016

Cumbria BogLIFE mid-term conference on restoring peatland

04-06 October 2016, Penrith, United Kingdom

Cumbria BogLIFE

Cumbria BogLIFE (LIFE13 NAT/UK/000443) is organising a three-day mid-term conference in October aimed at peatland professionals.  The conference which takes place in Penrith, Cumbria, will delve into the latest understanding about managing and restoring peatlands.

The event will cover topics such as techniques to remove trees from deep peat, methods of raising water levels in peat using cell bunding, practical ways to remove invasive species, current practices for re-establishing bog vegetation on previously milled bare peat and recreating valuable lost bog-edge habitat.

Alongside keynote speakers, including leading peatland publications author Richard Lindsay, managers of large-scale bog conservation projects from around the EU will take part in the event.

Cumbria BogLIFE is a five-year Natural England project that is restoring three lowland raised bog sites within Cumbria to bring them back to their natural state. Lowland raised bog is one of western Europe’s rarest and most threatened habitats. Around 94% of this unique habitat has been destroyed or damaged in the UK and 45% of the remainder in England lies within Cumbria.

For more information about the LIFE project, see the project information note. If you have any queries about the event email: cumbria.boglife@naturalengland.org.uk or visit the conference page for more details.

Inter-LIFE Benelux annual meeting

05-06 October 2016, Poix St Hubert, Belgium

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Inter-LIFE Benelux - the annual meeting of Belgian LIFE Nature project coordinators (beneficiaries) will take place this autumn on 5-6 October 2016 at Poix St Hubert, Belgium.

The theme of the meeting will be ecological connectivity and how it can improve the functionality and capacity of the Natura 2000 network. To register, click here.

The meeting is organised by the ELIA RTE project (LIFE10 NAT/BE/000709) whose aim is to create green corridors under overhead electrical lines in wooded areas in Belgium and France.

To learn more about the innovative actions developed by the ELIA RTE project to enhance biodiversity and raise awareness on natural habitats and species, visit the project's website.

Committee of the Regions workshop: 'EU LIFE programme: A chance for green business – innovation and job creation preserving the environment'

12 October 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) will host a workshop, ‘EU LIFE programme: A chance for green business – innovation and job creation preserving the environment’, from 14:30 to 17:00 on Wednesday 12 October, room JDE 52, Rue Belliard 101, Brussels.

The workshop, which forms part of the European Week of Cities and Regions 2016, is the eighth meeting of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, is being organised by the CoR together with the ENVE Commission and DG Environment, European Commission.

The event will showcase best practices carried out or supported under LIFE projects by local and regional authorities. It will focus, in particular, on the new category of LIFE integrated projects and projects that support the circular economy.

The workshop will also examine how LIFE projects have succeeded in supporting local and regional green business, innovation and job creation, and the implementation of EU environment legislation. Local and regional authorities are key LIFE beneficiaries and play a vital role in bringing eco-innovations and environmental best practices to a wider audience.

The event will be divided into two sessions: ‘LIFE – a motor for the environment and local growth’ and ‘LIFE helping investments in a local and regional circular economy’.

In addition, the European Commission will provide an overview of the ongoing mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme and the future outlook for the programme. Witold Stępień, CoR rapporteur on the mid-term evaluation of LIFE and first Vice-Chair of the CoR Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy, is scheduled to give an opening address.

A networking cocktail will follow the workshop at 17:00. For more information and to register, visit the CoR events website (workshop number INV12A93).

Bosland - Flanders' largest forest and nature project celebrates a decade of success

12-14 October 2016, Lommel, Belgium

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A three-day conference to celebrate Bosland, the largest forest and nature project in Flanders (Belgium), which was launched 10 years ago, will be held from 12-14 October 2016.

The Passion for Nature – Integrated Governance: Mainstreaming Opportunities for Nature & Society conference is being organised by the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forests, the main beneficiary of the Life Together – To get heath restored (LIFE12 NAT/BE/001098) project, which focuses on the restoration of dune and heathland habitats through changing land use.

The conference will highlight the LIFE project’s successes in territorial governance, sustainable forest management and science-based adaptation strategies, and will be linked to the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.

Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director of Natural Capital, Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission is one of the speakers participating in the conference.

The event is being promoted as a top-level networking opportunity for policymakers, scientists, conservationists, civil society actors and the private sector to share experience of integrated territorial governance approaches and discuss how to integrate human dimensions such as job creation, business development, water management, tourism and climate change.

As well as reviewing the efforts of the Bosland partnership over the past ten years, the conference will include presentations from other LIFE projects, such as LandLife (LIFE10 INF/ES/000540), and international landmark projects and initiatives, interactive discussions and field visits.

Participants can register for the event here and the conference website can be found here.

LIFE+IPNOA workshop on climate change mitigation for agriculture and forestry

13 October 2016, Pisa, Italy

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The LIFE+IPNOA (LIFE11 ENV/IT/000302) project is organising an international workshop on 13 October 2016, in Pisa (Italy). The event, Climate change mitigation strategies, a challenge for agriculture, is the project’s final workshop.

During the one-day event, project results will be presented and best management practices for nitrous oxide (N2O) reduction from agricultural soils will be presented and discussed. The workshop will be an occasion to discuss innovative strategies for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation in the agricultural and forestry sector.

The LIFE+IPNOA (Improved flux Prototype for N2O emission from Agriculture) project is exploring how to reduce GHG emissions from agricultural soil, in the context of the EU policy target of reducing GHG emissions by 20% by 2020, with respect to 1990 levels. In Italy, around 70% of N2O is emitted by the agricultural sector, mostly from the soil after nitrogen fertilisation. The LIFE project has developed  and assessed two prototypes to improve monitoring techniques of N2O emissions from soil and it has produced a related best agricultural practices manual. To learn more about LIFE+IPNOA, visit the project website.

The LIFE+IPNOA workshop will be an occasion to discuss innovative strategies for GHG mitigation in agricultural and forestry sector. The afternoon networking session will involve presentations from eight other LIFE projects.

Simultaneous Italian/English translation will be available at the event.

Participants need to confirm their attendance by email (to info@ipnoa.eu) by 7 October 2016.

EESC hearing on LIFE and a greener Europe

26 October 2016, Brussels, Belgium

LIFE: A tool for a greener Europe

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public hearing entitled LIFE: A tool for a greener Europe on 26 October 2016. The morning event will be held in the EESC building VMA1 in Brussels.

The EESC is closely involved in the evaluation of the current LIFE programme and in discussions concerning LIFE after 2020. Specifically, it will contribute an opinion reflecting the views of European civil society on the LIFE programme, and ways to improve it in the future. The EESC opinion will feed into the drafting of the LIFE mid-term evaluation report, which is due in June 2017.µ

Following an introduction by Ricardo Serra Arias, President of the EESC study group on the mid-term evaluation of the LIFE Programme, there will be a presentation from Hervé Martin, Head of the LIFE Unit, DG Environment, European Commission. The event will also include contributions from the European Investment Bank, BirdLife  and LIFE projects, along with question and answer sessions.

To register for this free event, please complete the form on the website.

Meet LIFE at the European Forum on Eco-Innovation in Tallinn

26-28 October 2016, Tallinn, Estonia

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LIFE projects pioneering the expansion of the circular economy in Europe will be among the highlights of the 20th European Forum on Eco-Innovation taking place in Tallinn (Estonia) from 26-28 October 2016.

The forum will examine financing opportunities for eco-innovative SMEs and showcase successful companies who have succeeded in attracting investors and growing their business. It will explore the enabling factors and challenges of transitioning to a circular business model – through the lens of business, finance and public sector.

The event will take a hands-on approach to driving growth and jobs, by matching eco-investors with companies and proposals looking to combine environmental sustainability and profit.

Jointly organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and the Estonian Ministry of the Environment, the forum is designed to strengthen moves towards eco-innovation, sustainable use of natural resources and a circular economy with minimum or zero waste.

The LIFE programme will be presented by Christian Strasser, deputy head of the LIFE Programme Unit in the Directorate-General for Environment and Mario Lionetti, project adviser, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). They will lead an interactive session showcasing investors who are helping to turn eco-innovative products and services and circular business models into investments and exploit growth potential.

Four LIFE projects will be featured during the event to demonstrate how the programme is encouraging a shift towards environmentally-friendly entrepreneurialism.

The LIFE SOL-BRINE project (LIFE09 ENV/GR/000299) will be represented by Sealeau, a company developing the project’s work to maximise extraction of fresh water from brine using solar power, and then marketing the salt by-product to create jobs and income for isolated island communities.

LIFE Usa e Riusa (LIFE99 ENV/IT/000034), an Italian project, will share with participants its work to create reusable, recyclable containers for fruit and vegetables, cutting waste by a third and resulting in lower grocery costs for consumers.

LIFE SILIFE (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000238) is a project that seeks to bring about a dramatic reduction in silicosis, which results from exposure to quartz and cristobalite, by developing a novel treatment that reduces toxicity by 75 per cent.

LIFE DYEMOND SOLAR (LIFE09 ENV/SE/000355), meanwhile, aimed to maximise the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels with a promising new technology using dye-sensitised cells.

The forum agenda  is now available.

LIFE BIOCOPACPlus food waste pilot plant launch event

27 October 2016 Cannetto Sull'Oglio, Italy

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An Italian LIFE project that uses waste from a quintessential national food product – the tomato – to create an environmentally-friendly coating for tin cans is showcasing its new pilot plant at a special launch event on 27 October 2016.

LIFE BIOCOPACPlus (LIFE13 ENV/IT/000590) will demonstrate its latest innovations at the Azienda Agricola Virginio Chiesa in the town of Cannetto Sull’Oglio in Lombardy, about 100 km southeast of Milan.

The project’s goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing a bio-lacquer based on cutin, a component of tomato skins, which can be combined with biological solvents to create a coating for metallic food containers.

The launch event will include a tour of the site and speeches by project staff, local dignitaries and representatives of partner organisations.

LIFE BIOCOPACPlus is intended to add value to the waste from tomato production in Italy, which grows close to six million tonnes of tomatoes annually. The project is thus aligned with the EU’s circular economy policy on reducing food waste.

The cutin-based coating, which can be used both internally and externally for metal cans and containers, will also potentially reduce carbon emissions because most lacquers are currently derived from petroleum – the most common being epoxy resin. As well as activating the pilot plant, which has been designed for maximum energy and water efficiency, the project will conduct a life cycle analysis of the product to assess its commercial viability.

The project also aims to demonstrate the bio-coating’s conformity with EU legislation on food contact materials.

Those interested in participating at the launch event should register here

LIFE DIOXDETECTOR final event on airborne dioxins

28 October 2016, Paris, France

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A LIFE project aiming to better understand the dispersal and environmental persistence of dioxins released by incinerating municipal solid waste will hold its concluding event on 28 October 2016 in Paris.

LIFE DIOXDETECTOR (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000729) will use the platform provided by the third Energy and Environment Knowledge Week Congress to present an overview and the accomplishments of the project at a session of the conference dedicated to dioxin emissions and their impact on the environment.

The project, based in northwestern Spain, has sought to develop and apply a new analytical technique to quantify and track the emission, dispersal and settlement of airborne dioxins in the environment around municipal solid waste incinerators, in order to enhance knowledge of these compounds’ effects and how best to minimise the harm they cause.

LIFE DIOXDETECTOR’s contribution takes place at 12:00 at the event venue, the University Paris Est-Créteil. Project experts will share with participants the results of their findings from environmental analysis and discuss the potential of the new technologies and methodologies developed during the project cycle.

The most toxic dioxins are acknowledged carcinogens, and dioxins can affect human health by polluting the air, soil, vegetation and water. However, the relatively high toxicity of dioxins at low concentrations in the environment requires highly sensitive and carefully calibrated technical equipment to be able to make accurate assessments of the presence and strength of dioxin contamination.

More information about LIFE DIOXDETECTOR is available from the project’s website.

 

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