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Events: June 2017

Workshop on climate action in agriculture and forestry

01 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium


A workshop on Climate Action in Agriculture and Forestry is being held by the European Commission’s  DG Clima and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) on 1 June 2017 in Brussels.

The meeting, which is to emphasis the need for the agricultural and forestry sector to take greater action to meet EU climate goals, will feature the contributions from LIFE and Horizon 2020 projects. Beneficiaries will highlight the innovative approaches to Climate Action and how the acquisition of new knowledge can help in the implementation of the EU's climate commitments, including those under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Climate and Energy package.

Panel discussions will focus on ‘a climate strategy through and from farmers’, ‘enhancing sinks and carbon sequestration in forests’ and ‘how does LIFE help’. These will be followed by parallel sessions on Climate Action with regards to forests and agriculture. These sessions will showcase the activities supported by LIFE and Horizon 2020 in these areas.

The closing plenary discussion will focus on the lessons learned and knowledge gaps identified by the projects, particularly with a view to meeting 2030 targets. It will provide opportunities to exchange experience and expertise.

For more information see the workshop agenda.


International conference on integrated conservation management

07-08 June 2017, Amersfoort, the Netherlands

Photo: Eurosite

One Site, One Plan, an international conference on a new integrated approach to managing conservation sites, as developed by a number of British and Dutch national conservation organisations will take place in Amersfoort, the Netherlands in June 2017.

The new approach, which has already been adopted in more than 1000 conservation sites, is adaptive, scalable and software supported. It focuses on harmonising conflicting interests by integrating all land interests into a single dynamic site plan and calls for shared learning enabling organisations to integrate information from other sites and into their own site management.

The conference will present the benefits and challenges of this evolving approach to site managers, site planners, responsible conservation staff, habitat and species surveyors, information management specialists and ICT managers.

Four themes will be developed during the first day of the conference: adaptive conservation management plans, quality checks for the work being carried out, integration of cultural heritage with nature conservation and Natura 2000 as part of the management plan. The second day will be dedicated to site visits to see how the new approach works in the field.

The conference is organised by Eurosite, a platform for managers of natural sites across Europe, which benefits from a LIFE programme NGO operating grant to support its activities.

Registration is open until 29 May 2017 and deadline for early-bird bookings is 17 May 2017. More information about the programme and registration is available online.

Ireland/UK regional platform meeting: 'Managing project risks' 8 June 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom

08 June 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Photo: LIFE12  ENV/IT/000671LIFE logo

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will host a regional platform meeting for LIFE projects from the UK and Ireland on Thursday 8 June 2017 at the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge, UK. The meeting is open to all invited projects and will also be attended by representatives of national authorities, including DCCAE (Ireland), DEFRA, JNCC and Natural England (UK), and staff from the LIFE Unit of the European Commission.

The theme of the meeting is ‘managing project risks’. Participating projects will share experiences on assessing risk consistently, managing and updating risk registers and assessing financial risks. The afternoon session will see participants form working groups to identify good practice in risk management.

The agenda of the meeting can be downloaded here.

Workshop on conservation of coastal areas in the Mediterranean

14 June 2017, Rome, Italy


The Italian LIFE RES MARI project (LIFE13 NAT/IT/000433) is organising a workshop on the Conservation and Management of Coastal areas in the Mediterranean which will take place in Rome's Botanical Gardens on 14 June 2017.

The workshop will be the occasion to present the results of the RES MARI project, which focuses on the conservation and recovery of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The project covers an area in Sardignia which is under threat from human activities including mass tourism, the introduction of invasive alien species, the accumulation of waste and the cutting down of trees. Such activities are harming three priority habitats in the region: posidonia beds, coastal dunes and wooded dunes.

The workshop will feature experts from across Italy who will share their reflections and best practices relating to invasive species, reforestation techniques and coastal ecosystems. Representatives of universities, public authorities and the scientific community will have the opportunity to participate in a round table on the theme of coastal management in the Mediterranean region.

The objective of the RES MARI project is to control and eradicate the invasive alien species present in the priority habitat; reduce and control the threat posed by unrestricted anchorage on posidonia beds; restore the natural development of spontaneous native vegetation, raise awareness among the local community and visitors of the need to protect and conserve marine and land ecosystems and share good practices on the conservation and the sustainable use of environmental resources.

For more information on the workshop or on the project itself, click here.

LIFE PETCYCLE's plastic waste technology features at Global Packaging Summit

19-20 June 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo:LIFE14 ENV/BE/001065

The goals and preliminary achievements of LIFE PETCYCLE (LIFE14 ENV/BE/001065) are to be highlighted at the 6th annual Global Packaging Summit, which is being held on 19-20 June 2017 in Amsterdam.

LIFE PETCYCLE uses innovative technology to enable more efficient sorting and recycling of Europe's leading packaging plastic - polyethylene terephthalate or PET. 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 LIFE project is coordinated by the consumer goods company Procter and Gamble. The project manager, Gian De Belder, will provide a case study about the system of tracer-based sorting developed by LIFE PETCYCLE.

The full programme of the 6th annual Global Packaging Summit is available here.

LIFE LO2X final conference on innovative urban sewage sludge treatment

20 June 2017, Valencia, Spain


The LIFE LO2X (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000477) project is holding its final conference in Valencia on 20 June 2017. URBAN SEWAGE SLUDGE: FROM WASTE TO RESOURCE is an opportunity to present the results of the project and to increase the synergies and cooperation among other related projects, while contributing to the events marking 25 years of the LIFE programme.

The final event aims to share the results of the project among stakeholders and authorities, and to boost synergies and cooperation among related projects. The workshop is specially addressed to projects and stakeholders in the field of wastewater and waste treatment. The aim is to provide a platform for waste treatment and wastewater projects to network and share experiences.

Projects invited to give short presentations on pollutant removal and nutrient recovery include LIFE STO3RE, LIFE iCirBUS-4Industries, RecoPhos-Recovery of Phosphorus and LIFETL-BIOFER. Three more projects – LIFEANADRY, LIFEECODIGESTION and NEWAPP (FP7) will share the approaches they have taken to energy recovery and obtaining new products.

Following a networking cocktail, a visit to the LO2X plant will take place.
The event takes place at the project’s coordinating beneficiary AINIA (C/Benjamín Franklin 5-11. Parque  Tecnológico de Valencia, 46980 Valencia). Registration is possible via email (  

The LIFE LO2X project was set up to demonstrate the environmental and socio-economic benefits of treating sewage sludge and other wastes (e.g. raw or digested manure, high load food processing wastes, pesticides and leachates) while recovering phosphorus and energy through supercritical water co-oxidation (SCWcO). For more information, visit the project website

EU Sustainable Energy Week

19-25 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

EU Sustainable Energy Week

LIFE projects have a chance to showcase their innovative approaches to promoting clean energy and confronting climate change at the 12th annual EU Sustainable Energy Week.

The event, which will take place in Brussels, offers LIFE projects and other stakeholders several opportunities to participate.

The EUSEW Policy Conference is the most important European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. The conference offers participants a chance to debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, and to build alliances and partnerships through networking.

LIFE projects can nominate themselves for a Sustainable Energy Award. These prizes, which are intended to reward leadership and excellence in sustainable energy, will be announced at the start of the conference.

Projects are also encouraged to set up an Energy Day to engage citizens and stakeholders by creating awareness of the importance of sustainable energy and the EU Energy Union.

Calls for applications for EUSEW Policy Conference sessions and Sustainable Energy Awards have been launched, with more information on the EU Sustainable Energy Week website. The website also contains guidelines and advice for creating Energy Days.


LIFE platform meeting on urban climate action

21-22 June 2017, Barcelona, Spain


A platform meeting on Climate Action in Urban Areas will be held in Barcelona on the 21-22 June 2017. The two-day event will bring together LIFE project beneficiaries, competent authorities and other stakeholders from across Europe to discuss specific actions to advance climate change adaptation and mitigation in the European and international urban context. The LIFE programme has an important role to play in supporting initiatives in this area.

Continuous efforts to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Europe are now increasingly combined with manifold adaptation strategies that subsequently increase resilience in urban areas.
The LIFE platform meeting will be an opportunity to learn about the measures that have been carried out under LIFE, the problems that have been encountered and the solutions that have been found. It will moreover be an ideal chance for project teams to exchange experience and know-how with other key actors on diverse themes relevant to urban adaptation and mitigation to climate change and to develop contacts.

Working group sessions will focus on case studies and will allow for the presentation and exchange of good practices in specific sectors, while the plenary sessions will address overall policies, support and coordination mechanisms.
The meeting is hosted by the Provincial Council of Barcelona, the coordinating beneficiary of the LIFE Clinomics (LIFE15 CCA/ES/000102) project and is being organised in cooperation with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) of the European Commission.

Participation in the meeting is free, but participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. For ongoing projects these costs will be considered eligible as travel costs.

Participants should confirm their attendance by using the following link. Those registered will receive additional information and the detailed agenda in due course.

The platform meeting agenda is available here.

For any further questions, please contact Elena Gómez-Salazar


Meet LIFE at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management

21-24 June 2017, Athens, Greece

Athens 2017

The LIFE programme Communications Team will participate at the forthcoming 5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management, taking place in June 2017 in Athens.

The conference, organised by the National Technical University of Athens aims to address the significant issue of sustainable solid waste management through the promotion of the latest good practices and effective technologies. The conference will bring together scientists and professionals from government departments, industries, local authorities, private institutions and research and education institutions. Participants will exchange the latest ideas, techniques and experiences in all areas of solid waste management, such as separation at source, biological treatment, waste prevention, biowaste utilisation, recycling, sludge treatment and management of specific waste streams.

Special attention will be given to the commercialisation of solid waste products, such as biofuels and compost. The conference hopes to strengthen links between applied research and industry, with an emphasis on biotechnology, the circular economy, best available techniques, symbiosis networks, energy consumption and saving, carbon and water footprints, zero-waste initiatives and marine litter.

LIFE will present its contribution to the debate with two presentations and the team will be present in the exhibition space. Attend our sessions and drop by the LIFE stand to learn more about the newest solutions developed by LIFE on sustainable waste management.

Stay tuned to the latest the conference news with the regularly updated event agenda.

Participants can register here.


LIFE water platform meeting to focus on river restoration

27-28 June 2017, Koblenz, Germany


A LIFE water platform meeting, entitled One River-Many Interests, will be held under the LIFE-IP Living River Lahn (LIFE14 IPE/DE/022), a German LIFE integrated project that is being coordinated by the Hessian Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
The meeting will be hosted by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz (Am Mainzer Tor 1) and will focus on the benefits of restoration processes. It will provide an opportunity for LIFE projects, as well as other international initiatives, programmes and organisations, to exchange experiences and share the lessons that they have learned in this area.
The main topics of the platform meeting are:

  1. Waterways in a changing world – restoring waterways
  2. River restoration and ecosystem services
  3. Stakeholder involvement in the restoration processes
  4. Lessons to be learnt: experiences of river restoration works

LIFE projects from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom will feature. The platform meeting will also involve a field trip, on the second day. 

LIFE projects have played a key role in supporting the management of water resources in the EU and in implementing water policy, notably the EU Water Framework Directive. River restoration actions aim to restore the natural state and functioning of the river system in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management and landscape development.

The Living River Lahn IP was set up to achieve the good ecological status of surface waters in the catchment area of the Lahn, a tributary of the Rhine, through a comprehensive, synergistic, multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach. LIFE integrated projects (IPs) implement environmental plans or strategies required by EU environmental legislation on a large territorial scale – regional, multi-regional, national and trans-national scale. Their impacts can be far-reaching, having a multiplier effect.

For more details about the platform meeting see the agenda, the concept note and the registration form.

For more information, contact and send the registration form to:

LIFE TL-BIOFER: Technical workshop on nitrogen and phosphorus removal in wastewater

28 June 2017, Córdoba, Spain


Removing and recycling nutrients from wastewater to limit the environmental damage from eutrophication will be the focus of a workshop promoted by the LIFE project LIFE+ TL-BIOFER (LIFE13 ENV/ES/000800) in Córdoba (Spain) on 28 June 2017.

The meeting will present the progress of the project and promote synergies and collaboration with other related initiatives. The event, which is organised by one of the project partners, EMPROACSA, will bring together stakeholders including water utilities, consultants, equipment manufacturers, research organisations and public officials to learn about the progress of the project and develop synergies with other initiatives in this sector. The event agenda can be found here.

LIFE+ TL-BIOFER is developing an innovative urban wastewater treatment technology based on immobilised cultivation of microalgae able to uptake 90-100% of nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. The project will also produce bio-fertilisers with the remaining microalgae biomass. During the one-day workshop, there will be a site visit to the LIFE+ TL-BIOFER pilot plant.

At the workshop, there will be a session for short presentations for projects to present their work related to water and microalgae. Projects wishing to make presentations should contact, confirming their participation and sending a PDF version of the presentation and information about the project.

Registration details can be found here.


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