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Events: February2017

LIFE Integrated Projects meeting on international environmental protection

07-09 February 2017, Helsinki and Lohja, Finland


LIFE Integrated Projects (IP) are designed to implement environmental legislation and goals on a wider scale and to increase the impact of the LIFE programme. This still relatively new financing option under the LIFE fund is already allowing projects around Europe to deliver plans, programmes and strategies developed on the regional, multi-regional or national level.

From the 7-9 February 2016, Finland is hosting an international LIFE IP event, to be attended by nearly 100 participants from all over Europe, which will take stock of the latest developments under the LIFE Integrated Projects scheme.

The event, which will be held in Helsinki, Lohja and at select locations near the Karjaanjoki river, will be attended by representatives of all successfully funded LIFE IP projects across Europe. The idea is to exchange experiences regarding the new form of financing and the practical implementation of projects, and discuss matters with representatives of the European Commission’s LIFE funding department.

The event programme will commence with an overview of LIFE with a particular focus on who does what for LIFE IP in the European Commission, with input from representatives of the Commission and the Finnish Ministry of Environment amongst others. Thereafter the delegates will review LIFE IP progress to date, identify potential synergies and conflicts, consider complementary funding sources while delving into what makes a successful LIFE IP.

Absorbing international experience is central to the LIFE IP experience.  As Pauliina Louhi, Project Manager of FRESHABIT LIFE IP (LIFE14 IPE/FI/000023) project, which aims to improve the diversity of inland water systems and which is one of the event organisers, notes, “applying international experience to the maintenance of our inland water bodies is an integral part of implementing LIFE IP. For example, we all operate under the same nature and water framework directives, which focus on the maintenance of biodiversity and water systems, but their implementation varies between countries.”

For more information contact: Metsähallitus, Pauliina Louhi, ) and see the FRESHHABIT LIFE IP website.


Stone-curlew international conference to be held

28 February to 01 March 2017, Cambridge, UK

Photo:(LIFE11 INF/UK/000418)

The LIFE project, Securing the stone-curlew (LIFE11 INF/UK/000418) is holding its final conference at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative on 28 February to 1 March. The conference will bring together conservationists, landowners, farmers and the public sector to share ideas on how to carry out a successful project that increases the population of threatened species, while achieving a lasting legacy.

The first day of the two-day event will feature presentations on the lessons learned by the LIFE project as well as other projects targeting the stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus). The bird species is listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive and categorised as ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN European Red List. The LIFE project was carried out by the RSPB and representatives of the organisation will be present along with those from WWF, Farmland Conservation and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

The second day will begin with a field trip to West Tofts Camp to learn about the 3000 ha grass heath restoration project that is benefitting the stone-curlew. In the afternoon, local farmers will talk about what they are doing above and beyond the Countryside Stewardship schemes that operate in the UK.

The overall objective of the LIFE project is to secure the future of the stone-curlew by encouraging farmers and other land managers to adopt management practices beneficial to the bird. The aim was to make the species much less dependent on conservation work than at present.

To register for the conference or for part of the event, email:

For more information about the project, visit the RSPB website.

LIFE-BRAINYMEM and LIFE CELSIUS workshop on wastewater treatment at SIGA

28 February-3 March 2017, Madrid, Spain


The LIFE projects LIFE-BRAINYMEM (LIFE13 ENV/ES/000160)and LIFE CELSIUS (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000203) will host a workshop as part of SIGA, the Trade Fair for Innovative Water Management Solutions, which will take place in the Spanish capital from 28 February-to-3 March 2017.

The conference is one of the premier international platforms for professionals and stakeholders in the water management and treatment sectors to gather and share best practice. Both LIFE projects will present their achievements and progress in a special seminar on the final day of the conference  (3 March).

LIFE-BRAINYMEM is working to demonstrate that Membrane Biological Reactor (MBR) technology with an advanced control system is the best available technology for wastewater treatment, in terms of environmental impact and effluent quality. The project has established a MBR pilot plant, whose aeration (biological and membrane) will be controlled via a novel advanced control system.

The three-year project will conclude in summer 2017 but will present its preliminary results in this workshop. Among other, the project will confirm the capacity of reducing 25% the energy consumption of the aeration of the MBR with the new control system.

LIFE CELSIUS aims to develop and demonstrate a low-energy consumption wastewater treatment system for warm climates, deploying innovative technologies to remove organic matter and nitrogen during the treatment process.

The project aspires to generate energy reductions of up to 60 per cent for these two specific elements in the treatment process, with a potential CO2 saving of 1.6 kg per 10 m3 of water.

The LIFE presentations will be conducted in Spanish. Registration is available free-of-charge. Due to limited space, organisers also request participants to confirm attendance via e-mail.


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