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LIFE Workshop at the 16th International Waste Management & Landfill Symposium

02 October 2017, St Margherita di Pula, Italy


The EU LIFE programme is hosting a special workshop on LIFE funding opportunities and innovative waste management solutions on the opening day of the 16th edition of the International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, to be held in St Margherita di Pula, Italy, on 2-6 October 2017. The LIFE workshop will take place on 2 October at 3.30 pm.

The workshop aims at showcasing and disseminating a selection of the latest and most replicable solutions developed by LIFE in the field of waste management. Additionally, the event will include presentations on the programme’s topics in the waste sector for the following years as well a slot on LIFE funding opportunities and the future call for projects.

Organised by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG), the International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium is one of the largest events on waste in Europe. Taking place every two years, the conference brings together the most relevant public and private sector professionals in the waste sector. The previous (2015) edition saw the participation of over 700 delegates from private companies, academia, public authorities and research institutions.

The draft agenda of the LIFE workshop is available here.

This technical LIFE event is of particular interest to:

  • Investors and stakeholders in the waste sector searching for innovative and marketable waste management solutions; and
  • Potential applicants to the LIFE call for projects in this field.

In addition to the workshop, the LIFE team will host an exhibition stand. Attend our workshop and look for us in the exhibition area! We will be more than happy to tell you about the successes of LIFE projects and to discuss waste and circular economy issues.

Registration for the workshop and for the symposium can be made at this link.

More information and the general programme of the symposium can be found at this link.

Reintroductions for habitat restoration meeting

09-10 October, Tintigny, Belgium

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The project LIFE Herbages (LIFE11 NAT/BE/001060) is hosting an InterLIFE BENELUX meeting on 9-10 October in Rossignol, Tintigny, a town in the Luxembourg province of Belgium. The meeting will focus on restoring habitats by reintroducing species.

The meeting will include a trip to the sites targeted by LIFE Herbages. Launched in 2013, the project’s main goal was to restore biodiversity and connectivity on at least 400 ha of 11 habitats in Lorraine and Meridional Ardenne (Wallonia, Belgium).

The event will also feature presentations on such key topics as habitat restoration techniques, seed collection and production, protocols for rare plant translocations and biodiversity monitoring. The emphasis will be on technical implementation and field experience.

Registration is now open, follow this link. Download the agenda here.


LIFE platform meeting on 'Reintroduction of species: a tool for the restoration of habitats'

11-12 October 2017, Meise, Belgium


LIFE’s latest platform meeting is focusing on how species reintroductions can contribute to habitat restoration. It will bring together representatives of relevant LIFE projects and other experts, practitioners and policy-makers to exchange know-how and collate best practice in the ecological restoration of habitats degraded by human activities.

The meeting will take place at the Botanical Garden of Meise in Belgium, where plants are being cultivated to restore habitats targeted by the host project, Herbages. This LIFE project is working to improve the condition of more than 400 hectares of protected grasslands and meadows.

More than 25 LIFE projects are scheduled to take part in the platform meeting, which will include parallel workshops for participants on the following topics:

  • Spreading of fresh hay and bulk collection of seeds
  • Ex-situ production of seeds and/or plants
  • Soil inoculation
  • Forests
  • Bogs and wetlands
  • Preparatory decisional paths.

The agenda of the event can be downloaded here.

To register for the platform meeting, contact or

International conference on the conservation of the lesser spotted eagle

11-14 October 2017, Burgas, Bulgaria

The Lesser spotted eagle

The LIFE for Eagles Forests project (LIFE12 NAT/BG/001218) is organising an international conference on the conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina). The event will take place from 11 to 14 October in Burgas, Bulgaria.

The lesser spotted eagle is a medium-sized migrating eagle classified as ‘globally threatened’ by the IUCN. Bulgarian habitats are an important part of the bird’s migration route along the second largest flyway in Europe – Via Pontica.

The LIFE for Eagles Forests project is supporting the conservation of the lesser spotted eagle by ensuring the sustainable management of the forest habitats that are crucial for its existence. To this end it has published a National Plan for the species that includes GIS models and a feasibility study on integrating the traditional field inventory with geospatial technologies.

The aim of the conference is to gather experts from across Europe to share information on recent research into the eagle's ecology and habitats as well as on the different conservation measures undertaken for the species in different countries.

The conference will also be an opportunity for the BSPB Birdlife Bulgaria, the coordinating beneficiary, to disseminate the results of the LIFE for Eagles Forests project and to update participants on development and implementation of the international Action Plan for the species.

Anyone interested in giving a presentation at the event should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by email by 10 August on one of the following four topics: lesser spotted eagle ecology, population status and/or trends; threat factors and their mitigation for the lesser spotted eagle; innovative or best practice conservation measures; or update on results from recently finished or ongoing projects addressing the lesser spotted eagle.

Anyone interested in attending the conference is asked to register by 1 August by filling in the online registration form. The organisers can cover the registration fee of a limited number of participants from low income countries.

For more information about the conference, please contact Svilen Cheshmedjiev by phone: +359 878599383 or email. For more information on the project, visit its website.


MainMuschelkalk final conference in calcium-rich wine country

13-14 October 2017, Veitshöchheim, Germany

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The LIFE project MainMuschelkalk will hold its final conference on 13-14 October 2017 in Veitshöchheim near Würzburg, Germany. The event, subtitled "Everything if not unusual" (Alles - außer - gewöhnlich), concludes five years of efforts conserving the fauna and flora of Germany’s Muschelkalk grasslands.

These arid and calcareous landscapes produce some of Europe’s hallmark wines. The region’s time-honoured orchards, grazing grounds and hay-cutting practices also attract throngs of visitors each year. But times are changing across the Muschelkalk. Because of agricultural consolidation, traditional farming practices on the steep slopes of the vineyards are dying out. Modernisation raises difficult questions for the region’s tourism industry, and for its niche ecosystems.

The dry grasslands are home to threatened species of plants and birds. They are notably inhabited by Europe’s largest owl, the eagle owl (Bubo bubo), and declining populations of lady's-slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). The LIFE project partners have been protecting local habitats and reconnecting them to foster biodiversity. MainMuschelkalk has mobilised local wineries to join these efforts, showcasing two environmentally-responsible vineyards.

The final conference will share experiences gathered over the course of the project. In honour of LIFE’s 25th anniversary it will also address the role of nature conservation in society from a local and European perspective. The two-day gathering includes lectures, networking, a concert, and an excursion to either a winery or a natural reserve.

The event is organised by the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) and hosted at the Bavarian Regional Office for Viniculture and Horticulture (LWG). The conference language is German. For more information, download the programme. To register, contact ANL (

Spanish LIFE projects organise 5th National Congress on Invasive Species (EEI 2017)

16-18 October 2017, Girona, Spain

EEI 2017

The LIFE Potamo Fauna (LIFE12 NAT/ES/001091) and LIFE LimnoPirineus (LIFE13 NAT/ES/001210) projects, together with the Specialist Group on Biological Invasions (GEiB) and Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB), are organising the 5th National Congress on Invasive Species (EEI 2017), to be held in Girona on 16-18 October 2017.

The congress will provide a forum for different institutions in Spain, including administrations, universities, companies and NGOs, to share their experience and knowledge of the management of alien invasive species, and the subsequent restoration of habitats and native biodiversity. The aim is to avoid duplication of effort, optimise use of resources and create synergies in this field.

LIFE Potamo Fauna is working to ensure the recovery of 13 wetland Habitats Directive annex-listed species in Natura 2000 network sites in Catalonia, including natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), Mediterranean barbel (Barbus meridionalis) and white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes).

A key action for the restoration of habitats for these species is the control of alien invasive species. Further information is available on the project's website.
The LIFE LimnoPyrenees project aims to conserve aquatic habitats and species in the Pyrenees, in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. Specifically, the project is restoring the ecological functioning of 19 high mountain lakes through the eradication, or significant reduction, of invasive alien fish species. More details can be found on the project website.

The EEI 2017 programme will consist of talks and presentations over the first two days. An all-day excursion to the River Ter and Lake Banyoles on 18 October 2017 will enable participants to see demonstrations of practical actions to control invasive alien plants, fish and zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), including actions conducted by the LIFE Potamo Fauna project, along with stream and wetland restoration work.

The full congress programme can be found on the EEI 2017 website, along with the registration form.

Final conference on LIFE project Pelagic Birds

18-21 October 2017, Lampedusa, Italy


The LIFE project Pelagic Birds is holding its final conference on 18-21 October 2017 in Lampedusa, Italy. In recent years, the project has protected bird species breeding on the Pelagic islands in the Mediterranean. It has notably helped conserve the Cory’s Shearwater.

Linosa is home to the largest colony of Cory’s Shearwaters in the EU. Their reproductive rate has dropped below 50%, partly as a result of rats preying on their eggs and young. Invasive plant species are also modifying the local habitat and unaware tourists have been disturbing

breeding sites. The LIFE-funded Pelagic Birds project has taken measures to remove invasive species, restore Linosa’s ecosystems and inform visitors on how to enjoy the island’s sights while caring for its environment.

Delegates of the conference on the “Conservation of the main European population of the Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) and other pelagic birds” will review the current status of pelagic birds in the Channel of Sicily, presenting results from LIFE projects on topics including the eradication of the black rat and invasive plants in Mediterranean islands.

Coordinated by the University of Palermo, the event will bring together conservationists and officials, including the Mayor of Lampedusa and the Italian Environment Minister. In addition to presentations, its three-day programme includes a visit to protected breeding sites on Linosa.

The conference language is Italian. More information on the programme can be found here.

Sustainable biocides conference to highlight LIFE-developed assessment tool

19 October 2017, Milan, Italy


The LIFE COMBASE project is holding its first international workshop on 19 October at the Mario Negri pharmacology research institute (IRFMN) in Milan. The workshop will focus on the use of alternative substances to traditional biocides.

Biocides are commonly used to prevent damaging biological growth, but these chemicals also kill unintended substances and have a harmful impact on the environment. LIFE COMBASE is  addressing this problem by promoting the use of alternative biocides. Working in the emerging field of computational toxicology, it is developing a tool for modelling the impact of biocides. This will give a clear picture of which ones have a reduced impact.

The full-day conference will feature presentations on the aims of the COMBASE tool and its industrial application.

The EU’s Biocides Product Regulation foresees the use of non-animal alternative tests such as the COMBASE tool, and Emilo Benfenati from the project partner IRFMN will explain how the tool contributes to compliance with the regulation.

Presentations will also focus on the development of databases on biocides and other initiatives carried out in this field across Europe. The conference will conclude with a discussion moderated by María Blázquez form the project beneficiary, INKOA, an engineering company specialised in technological solutions for the agri-food sector.

The workshop is free of charge but participants must register by sending an email to

European Nutrient Event

19 October 2017, Basel, Switzerland

European Nutrient Event

Two LIFE projects will participate in an important European nutrient recycling R&D and implementation event in Basel this October. The English-language event will be co-hosted by the EU INTERREG project, Phos4You and is scheduled for the second day of a three-day European nutrient conference. The event is aimed at all European stakeholders (industry, regulators and experts) and brings together leading nutrient recycling projects across Europe with technology suppliers and users.

Issues addressed will include:

  • Nutrient recovery in the sewage works of the future
  • Life-cycle analysis (LCA) and costing of recovery processes
  • Technology transfer from municipal sewage to / from manure and other streams
  • Nutrient recovery: how to move from R&D to implementation.

The participating LIFE projects are the ongoing Italian LIFE DOP project focusing on the dairy sector, and a new Spanish project, ENRICH, which plans to recover nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater for reuse as fertiliser.

For more information see the event agenda. To register, click here. Note, there are no fees for the conference, but register soon as places are limited!

LIFE Potama Fauna conference on river and wetland molluscs

20-22 October 2017, Girona, Spain

LIFE Potamo Fauna

The LIFE Potamo Fauna (LIFE12 NAT/ES/001091) project is organising a conference on the study and conservation of molluscs of rivers and wetlands. The conference, held jointly with the Spanish Society of Malacology (SEM) and the Catalan Association of Malacology (ACM), will take place from 20-22 October in Girona, Spain.

The event, which is aimed at malocologists, university students, teachers will consist of presentations by leading malacologists, roundtable debates and poster sessions. It will also include a field trip to Lake Banyoles, the largest natural lake in Catalonia and one of the target areas of the LIFE Potamo Fauna project.

The aim of the LIFE project is to recover, conserve and manage several endangered species of river fauna listed the Habitat Directive and present in the Natura 2000 network sites of the basins of the rivers Ter, Fluvià and Muga. It focuses on 13 species of aquatic fauna, such as the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis), Mediterranean Barbel (Barbus meridionalis),  Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus), Common Midwife Toad (Alytes obstetricans) and the Mediterranean Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis), whose populations are decreasing in size and for which there are no specific conservation actions at local, regional, national or European level.

The project also carries out actions to combat invasive alien species, in particular the exotic decapod crustacean crawfish (Orconestes limosus), along with the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and a number of alien fish species.

Visit the website or the dedicated Facebook page that have been set up to provide more information about the conference as it becomes available.

LIFE project seminar on saving France's bearded vultures

24-25 October 2017,  Florac, France


The LIFE Nature project GYPCONNECT is holding a seminar in Florac, France, on 24-25 October 2017. The event is called “Man, vulture and livestock: Cross-benefits for territories”. It brings together nature conservationists and livestock farmers to discuss the conservation of the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in southern France.

The European IUCN red list has listed the bearded vulture as vulnerable and endangered in France. This seminar feeds into the project’s efforts to reconnect bearded vulture populations scattered across the Alps and the Pyrenees, and nurture a true European meta-population.

Delegates will share experience on conservation and farming from affected regions, discuss current hurdles to bearded vulture reintroduction, and agree on management and communication tools to help reconcile the needs of vultures with those of livestock farmers. Seminar presentations will address matters of conservation, farming, ornithology and socioeconomic factors, including public perception and tourism.

The main working language of the seminar is French. Attendance is free, but as the venue only holds 100 seats, we encourage delegates to register early. For further information, please consult the seminar programme or contact Cévennes National Park director Anne Legile on (+33 (0)4 66 49 53 21.

Burren Winterage School on innovation in sustainable farming

26-28 October 2017, Ballyvaughan, Ireland

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The Burrenbeo Trust will hold the 5th Burren Winterage School this year on the topic of “Community-inspired innovation for sustainable farming systems”.

The event brings together farmers, researchers, policy-makers and specialists in pastoral land management. Over its three-day programme, they will share views on farming landscapes with high nature value.

Soil in the Burren is notoriously hard to work, but the land abounds with heritage, culture and rare natural habitats. Sustaining its bespoke farming systems that have evolved over generations will help save traditional jobs, preserve local culture and protect endangered species. Rural communities in areas of high nature value across Europe represent a potentially vast force for environmental conservation, and stand to benefit from marketing the natural and cultural value of their fields.

​This year’s Winterage School will feature case studies from farmers on innovative ways to use their land, presentations by conservationists and agricultural experts from across Europe and a workshop dedicated to ‘European Innovation Partnerships’. The event includes field trips to Burren farms to offer first-hand insight into results from the LIFE-funded and award-wining Burren Programme. Delegates are invited to take part in the ‘Origin Green Farming for Conservation Awards’ ceremony and a local community gathering organised around the date of the region’s historic winterage tradition.

The Burren Winterage School takes place from 26-28 October. The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has sponsored the event, helping to keep registration fees at €75 for delegates. Concessions are offered to farmers, students and Burrenbeo Trust members. Further information is available on the event website and delegates are advised to book online now as places are limited.


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