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Events: September 2017

Polish LIFE project's final conference on capercaillie protection

06 - 08 September 2017, Kliczków, Poland

Photo: LIFE11 NAT/PL/000428Photo: Capercaillie Protection
LIFE11 NAT/PL/000428

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.

LIFE BaĦAR for N2K Conference on Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean

11-14 September 2017, Mellieha, Malta

Photo: LIFE BaĦAR for N2KPhoto: LIFE BaĦAR for N2K

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 session at IUFRO's 125th Anniversary Congress

19-22 September 2017, Freiburg, Germany


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:

  • when selecting your session, make sure that you select theme 4 and session no. 45; and
  • submit your abstract.

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.

Enforcement networks conference to be held in Oxford

21-22 September 2017, Oxford, UK


The LIFE-ENPE project, along with IMPEL, the EU Network of environmental practitioners and ENVI CrimeNet, is hosting an EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference on 20-21 September at Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom. The conference will focus on waste and wildlife, two thematic areas that pose particular challenges to compliance and enforcement.

The implementation of EU environmental law is weakened by poor enforcement along with insufficient penalties and sanctions. The conference aims to address these problems by bringing together members from networks engaged in environmental compliance in order to highlight practical solutions and best practices. 

The conference follows last year’s inaugural joint networks conference in Utrecht. This year’s event will have a special focus on hunting tourism and wildlife trafficking, detection and prosecution of illegal waste disposal, and the specific perspectives of stakeholders, such as hunters and industrial sectors.

The ENPE project was launched in 2014 to establish a network of prosecutors and judges in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public bodies charged with tackling environmental crime. The network is fostering a greater culture of transnational cooperation among law enforcers. 

LIFE-ENPE is a GIE project, a strand of the Environment and Climate Action sub-programme that focuses on information, awareness and dissemination.

For further details, view the conference website or contact the ENPE / EUFJE secretariat.

Registration is now open online.

LIFE platform meeting on plastic & the circular economy

21-22 September 2017, Athens, Greece


The National Technical University of Athens is hosting the LIFE platform meeting on plastic recycling, in Athens (Greece) on 21-22 September 2017. The final 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:

  • Plastics Collection, Sorting and Recycling – moving beyond the state of the art;
  • Plastic Marine Litter;
  • Bio Plastics; and
  • Creating demand for Recycled Polymer.

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.

Update October 2017:

MoorLIFE 2020 festival and conference to celebrate blanket bogs

21-23 September 2017, Edale, UK

MoorLIFE 2020Photo: LIFE08 NAT/UK/000202

The LIFE project MoorLIFE 2020 is organising a three-day international festival to celebrate uplands and blanket bogs. The BogFest, which takes place from 21 to 23 September in Edale, in the heart of England’s Peak District, consists of a conference programme alongside events for the general public. The festival will highlight peatland and upland science, woodland regeneration, upland meadows, conservation and public engagement on a local and international scale.

The event is open to those involved in the science, conservation, and communications of uplands and peatlands, land owners and managers. It will explore key themes including peatland management, policy, science and finance, biodiversity, natural flood management and communications. A number of sessions are also open to members of the public, providing delegates and the peatland community with a chance to engage with a wider audience.

The South Pennine Moors’ Natura 2000 site is important for the EU priority habitat, active blanket bog. The conservation status of the site has, over the years, been unfavourable and under threat due to almost two centuries of heavy pollution. Yet it provides clean drinking water, a habitat for special wildlife and helps to reduce the risk of flooding in local at-risk communities. The aim of the MoorLIFE2020 project is to conserve and protect the priority active blanket bog habitat within the South Pennine Moors’ Natura 2000 site and the ecosystem services it provides.

More information about the festival, including how to register, is available from the project’s website.

2nd Dam Removal Europe Workshop

25-26 September 2017, Birmingham, UK 

Photo: LIFE-Shad Severn Photo: LIFE-Shad Severn

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.

Eurosite annual meeting / Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (Boreal region) thematic networking event: 'Improving natural sites – join forces and prioritise your conservation actions'

25-27 September 2017, Espoo, Finland

Eurosite meeting

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:

  • Funding and possibilities: Voluntary work, private sector, compensation and habitat banking as mechanisms for conservation and management of biodiversity
  • Collaboration: Twinning and systematic biogeographic planning in the management of Natura 2000 areas
  • Cost-effectiveness: Restoration priorities, ecologically-justifiable low-hanging fruit.

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.

LIFE side event in the 2017 EIP Water conference

26 September 2017, Porto, Portugal

Eurosite meetingPhoto: BIOSUR (LIFE11 ENV/IT/000075)

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.

The agenda can be found here.

This technical event is of interest to:

  • Investors and stakeholders in the water sector in search of innovative and marketable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of wastewater treatment; and
  • Potential applicants to the LIFE call for projects.

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.

Update October 2017: Presentations are available here.

LIFE Platform Meeting on Air Quality

26-27 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain


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.

The final agenda provides more details about the event. For further information, please contact Raquel Navarrete:


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