The Capercaillie Protection LIFE project is holding its final conference on 06 - 08 September 2017 in Kliczków Castle, in the heart of the Bory Dolnośląskie forest complex in Poland.
The project’s aim has been to conserve populations of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in two Polish forest Natura 2000 network sites. Local foresters have been encouraged to adopt conservation methods, such as changing their forest management practices, in combination with the release of birds bred in captivity.
Project beneficiaries, Ruszów Forest District and Głęboki Bród Forest District, are inviting a wide range of stakeholders, including nature conservation services, foresters, hunters, scientists, community groups and NGOs, to the conference, entitled, Biology, ecology and protection of Galliformes in Poland and Europe.
The conference will provide an opportunity for teams working with capercaillie in Poland and across Europe to exchange experiences. In addition to presentations outlining the Capercaillie Protection project’s results, experts will talk about protection measures in over 10 other European countries. One of the conference sessions will be devoted to methods for breeding and reintroducing capercaillie. The conference concludes with a field trip to observe capercaillie protection measures in the Ruszów Forest District.
A detailed programme can be found on the conference website along with a registration form and other information. Registration is open until 25 August 2017, but places are limited so early registration is advised.
The conference language will be Polish with English translation. Presentations will be given in Polish or English.
The Maltese LIFE Nature project LIFE BaĦAR for N2K (LIFE12 NAT/MT/000845) is hosting a conference that aims to bring together key participants in marine conservation and management, including local stakeholders and international experts from Mediterranean areas, to share their views and expertise. This will form a basis for common efforts to protect the Mediterranean sea as a whole.
Subtitled ‘sharing expertise for effective conservation’, the four-day event focuses on the first day on science as a basis for the designation of marine Natura 2000 network sites. This will include results from the host project, which has undertaken research into benthic habitats such as sandbanks, reefs, and submerged and partially submerged sea caves to create habitat maps of Malta’s marine area. This information will be used to establish conservation objectives for the country’s marine Natura 2000 sites.
The second day of the conference will widen the scope to management issues for marine protected areas in the Mediterranean, while the third day focuses on monitoring of such areas. The conference concludes with a guided boat trip around the Maltese islands, stopping near marine Natura 2000 Sites of Community Importance (SCIs).
For more information about the agenda of this free, invitation-only event click here.
LIFEGENMON (LIFE13ENV/SI/000148), a Slovenian LIFE project is participating in the International Union of Forest Research Organisations’ 125th Anniversary Congress, which takes place from 19-22 September 2017 in Freiburg, Germany.
IUFRO is one of the world’s oldest international scientific organisations bringing together over 15 000 scientists from more than 120 countries worldwide. Its 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg will establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be discussed.
The LIFEGENMON project, the aim of which is to develop a system for forest genetic monitoring (FGM) to serve as an early-warning system to aid in the assessment of a species’ response to environmental change in the long term, will be chairing a conference session on forest genetic diversity and FGM, two crucial topics for the future of forests worldwide.
The LIFEGENMON session entitled Forest policy and biodiversity strategy: The relevance of forest genetic resources will consist of a combination of lectures, poster presentations and a plenary discussion.
Those interested in participating in the session should submit an abstract. The final deadline for submissions is 30 November 2016. To do so, visit the call for abstracts at the IUFRO 2017 website and follow these steps:
Professor Hojka Kraigher, the LIFEGENMON project coordinator will also give a keynote address at the conference, a recognition of the quality of work that has been achieved by the project so far.
The National Technical University of Athens is hosting the LIFE platform meeting on plastic recycling, in Athens (Greece) on 21-22 September 2017. The draft agenda outlines the two-day programme of speakers, workshops and a field trip.
Two keynote speakers will address the role of plastics in a circular economy, from the policy and industrial perspectives. A workshop follows, with LIFE project teams explaining how they are getting more plastic waste into the circular economy. During the first afternoon, participants can choose between four interactive workshops:
The platform meeting will conclude with a visit to the closed LIFE project ENERGY-WASTE (LIFE09 ENV/GR/000307) located north of Athens near the international airport. This project designed and installed an advanced gasification unit in a waste recycling factory, to demonstrate a gasification concept for the energy exploitation of the non-recyclable steam. For further information, visit the project’s website.
To register for the event, please complete the online form.
Participation at the meeting is free, but participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. For any further queries, please contact Claudia Pfirrmann
The LIFE project LIFE-Shad Severn is co-hosting a two-day workshop examining the technical and social challenges of dam and weir removal in the urban environment.
The format of the workshop in a series of parallel sessions will allow delegates to pick a presentation to suit their particular interest. A wide range of speakers from the UK and the rest of Europe will take part in the event. The second day is given over to field trips to see the challenges of weir removal in practice.
The event is organised by the LIFE project in collaboration with the Dam Removal Europe Programme and the Environment Agency. For more information on the content and registration, go to Dam Removal Europe.
LIFE-Shad Severn supports the Unlocking the Severn project. The initiative is removing barriers to the upstream migration of the twaite shad (Alosa fallax), a protected species with an ‘unfavourable’ conservation status. Removal of artificial structures will allow the fish to access spawning habitat throughout its natural range in the rivers Severn and Teme.
Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland is hosting a combined event consisting of the Eurosite annual meeting and a Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (Boreal region) thematic networking event. The aim is to enhance the ecological effectiveness of collaborative approaches and to investigate alternative funding mechanisms to support these approaches.
The meeting will be structured around three main themes:
The event will take place at Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre, which is located in Espoo, some 30 km from Helsinki. For more information, and to register for the event, click on this link.
The LIFE programme will organise a side event entitled ‘The LIFE programme: funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment’ in the framework of the 2017 conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water. The event will take place on 26 September at 2pm.
The LIFE side event aims to showcase and disseminate a selection of the latest and most replicable solutions developed by LIFE in the field of wastewater treatment. Additionally, the side event will include presentations on the programme’s topics in the water sector for the following years as well a slot on LIFE funding opportunities and future call for projects.
This technical event is of interest to:
The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) is an EU initiative aiming to facilitate the development and exchange of innovative solutions in the European water sector. At the same time, the EIP Water supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside of Europe.
The annual conference of the EIP Water is one of the largest events on water in Europe and brings together the most relevant public and private-sector professionals in the water sector. The 2016 edition was attended by some 700 delegates from private companies, investors, public authorities and research institutions, all in an excellent position to use and replicate the solutions developed by LIFE on water.
Registration can be made in this link. The number of places is limited.
The draft agenda can be found here.
The AIRUSE and IMPROVE LIFE projects are hosting the LIFE Platform Meeting on Air Quality on 26 - 27 September 2017. Entitled, abating urban exposure to air pollutants, the event will be held in Barcelona (Spain).
The aim of this Platform Meeting is to review state-of-the-art strategies and measures to improve air quality in cities. Speakers addressing a range of areas will present findings that will help prepare guidelines useful for all European cities. The two-day meeting will be structured around three sessions: Urban Air Quality Measures, Citizen Exposure while commuting, and Models and Tools for Air Quality Management. Among the topics covered will be measures to abate pollution from road traffic, industry, domestic and commercial heating, shipping, construction/demolition work, and airports.
The AIRUSE project demonstrated mitigation measures to reduce particulate matter (PM) levels from diverse sources to within acceptable limits. IMPROVE LIFE is providing a benchmark study with the aim of improving subway air quality in Barcelona. Many other LIFE projects will also present their findings during the meeting.