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Events: April 2017

Monitoring workshop for Natura 2000 sites

04-06 April 2017, Litoměřice, Czech Republic

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Eurosite, a platform for managers of natural sites across Europe, is organising a monitoring workshop for Natura 2000 sites that will take place on 4-6 April 2017 in Litoměřice, Czech Republic.

Natura 2000 is the largest network of protected areas in the world. It not only protects nature but also offers socio-economic opportunities to its local communities. To enhance the effective implementation, management, monitoring, financing and reporting of the Natura 2000 network, in 2012 the European Commission launched the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process a multi-stakeholder co-operation process.

The Eurosite monitoring workshop is part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process and it will discuss objective-setting for habitats and species on Natura 2000 sites. The workshop will help Natura 2000 site managers decide what they want to achieve and to recognise when the objective has been reached. The focus will be on how to translate conservation management objectives into performance indicators in order to measure progress towards the stated objectives. 

Based on the experiences and best practice examples of the participants a guidance document will be produced to facilitate measurable conservation management aims.

During the three-day event speakers from the European Commission, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK will share their experiences on the topic.

The workshop is hosted by the Krkonoše Mountains National Park and organised in partnership with the EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe section.

For the programme of the workshop and information on how to register, visit the Eurosite website.

LIFE platform meeting on ceramic and brick manufacturing

11 April 2017, Sassuolo, Italy

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The Italian NCP for the LIFE programme is organising a LIFE platform meeting on ceramic and brick manufacturing, in collaboration with EASME, the Neemo EEIG External Team and the Italian industry associations Confindustria Ceramica and ANDIL.

The platform meeting will be held in the Sassuolo ceramic manufacturing district on 11 April 2017. The event will profile the achievements of LIFE projects focused on reducing emissions and consumption of water and energy in the manufacturing process of ceramics and bricks.  At Italian level, the initiative provides a first opportunity for an exchange of best practices in these sectors.

The meeting objective is to capitalise on the experience acquired by LIFE projects that focus on ceramic and brick manufacturing and to promote the transfer and replication of their results, including via an online knowledge platform developed by the Italian Ministry of the Environment to share best practices for environment and climate action.

During the first session the main topics related to the environmental sustainability of the projects will be discussed with the speakers focusing, in particular, on reducing the consumption of raw materials. In the second session, a visit to a manufacturing plant in the Sassuolo ceramic district is scheduled.

For more information about the platform meeting download the agenda (in Italian).

LIFE Nordic Platform Meeting 2017

19-20 April 2017, Örebro, Sweden

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The annual LIFE Nordic Platform Meeting, hosted this year by RECLAIM (LIFE11 NAT/SE/000848), will be held in Örebro county, south-central Sweden, from 19-20 April 2017.
All Nordic LIFE Nature projects are welcome to the platform meeting, which provides a forum to network, share experiences, and discuss solutions to shared problems. The event will include a thematic focus on the multi-purpose management of grasslands, with presentations on grassland management, restoration and ecosystem services. For instance, LIFE GRASSSERVICE (LIFE12 BIO/LV/001130) and LIFE Viva Grass (LIFE13 ENV/LT/000189) will talk about their grassland restoration actions in Latvia and Lithuania, respectively.

The Head of the European Commission LIFE Unit, Jean-Claude Merciol, will address the platform meeting during the opening session. On the first afternoon, three concurrent workshops will seek practical solutions to challenges in the areas of dissemination, transferability and replicability; policy issues and implementation; and ecosystem services and socio-economic studies.

On the second day, the RECLAIM project will lead an excursion to their field site at Tysslingen.

This event will also be the final conference of the RECLAIM project, which since September 2012 has been restoring wetlands in Örebro county, particularly to reverse the degradation of the Tysslingen Lake and Venakarret Fen Natura 2000 network sites, through long-term management strategies.

A provisional agenda for the platform meeting can be found here .
For further information contact Inga Racinska.


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