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LIFE project conference on link between military and nature

29-31 August 2017, Sigulda, Latvia

LIFE project conference on link between military and nature

The LIFE Nature project Birds in Adazi (LIFE12 NAT/LV/000509) is holding an international conference entitled ‘Military and Nature - Mutual benefits’ in Sigulda, Latvia from 29 to 31 August 2017.

The aim of the conference is to bring together specialists dealing with nature management in military areas to exchange experience and information on the latest achievements and lessons learned.

Speakers from the Austrian, Belgian, Italian, Latvian and Swedish Ministries of Defence along with a speaker from the US army in Europe will discuss five topics in front of an audience of representatives of the defence sector and nature conservation experts from various European countries.

The topics are: the co-existence of military training and nature; nature, military and public perception; the use of military areas by third parties; species and habitats in military training areas; and controlled burning.

A field trip to the military training area (MTA) Adazi will be organised on the second day of the conference.

The Adazi area is both a Natura 2000 site and an important training zone for the Latvian military. In the last 10 years it has been observed that nature diversity and military activities benefit from co-existence and ensure sustainability in the area.

However, in recent years there has been a decline in the intensity of military activities which has led to the overgrowth of open habitats, most notably dry sand heaths with heather (Calluna) and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), which are nesting, foraging and/or mating sites for the black grouse (Tetrao tetrix), European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), European roller (Coracias garrulus), woodlark (Lullula arborea), tawny pipit (Anthus campestris) and other bird species.

If nothing is done, reduced activity at the site will eventually lead to the formation of scrubland/tree cover with little conservation value. This in turn will cause a significant or even total loss of the protected habitats and bird species. The open landscapes need to be restored through controlled burning and cutting of trees and bushes, mowing and sod cutting.

The Birds in Adazi project has thus enlisted the help of the military to restore heath, bog and Western taiga forest in the area to protect rare birds.

Anyone interested in participating in the ‘Military and Nature - Mutual benefits’ conference should fill in the online registration

For more information, contact Baiba Svane: (phone: +371 22175169 / +371 67300285; or email).

oLIVE CLIMA international conference on Climate Changing Agriculture

29 August-02 September 2017, Chania, Greece


The LIFE project oLIVE CLIMA (LIFE11 ENV/GR/000942) is hosting the three-day, international conference - Climate Changing Agriculture - in Chania on the Greek island of Crete from 29 August to 2 September 2017.

The event will focus on four thematic areas:

  • crop management for climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • natural resources conservation;
  • geographical information systems and remote sensing; and
  • environmental certification.

Those wishing to present their work at the conference should submit an abstract by latest 31 March 2017.

Olives have been cultivated in southern Europe for thousands of years. The olive tree’s resilience and adaptability to diverse soil and climate conditions make it an important cash crop, sustaining rural communities and livelihoods across the continent.

oLIVE CLIMA is working to enhance the olive tree’s contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as part of the EU’s wider efforts to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture and encourage more sustainable farming methods. The project aims to develop methods to increase carbon storage in the soil of olive plantations and to enhance the quantity and quality of organic matter in the soil to reduce the need for inorganic fertilisers.

More information about the conference can be found here.


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