The LIFE FRANCA project is holding its first national conference to promote the anticipation and prevention of natural hazards. The event will invite the scientific community, institutional operators and risk management professionals to the Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio Di Trento E Rovereto in Trento, Italy. Together, they will discuss new methods for anticipating and communicating natural risks.
LIFE FRANCA is helping to reduce damage from floods by developing better communication strategies in the Alpine province of Trento in Italy. The project focuses on managing emergencies and raising awareness of flood risks. It notably addresses attitudes linked to the perception of “zero risk” conditions and the delegation of responsibility.
The conference programme includes plenary and parallel sessions, as well as poster presentations addressing practical and strategic aspects of flood risk management. Among other topics, delegates will debate how effective communication of natural risks can affect territories, how to develop training programs on the causes and remedies of natural risks, and how to roll out preventive measures and anticipation techniques for risk management.
The working language of the conference is Italian. Participation is free, but participants are requested to register online before 25 March. The call for abstracts remains open until 20 March 2018. For further information, please consult the project website.
Eurosite is organising a Natural Climate Buffers Study Tour on 18-20 April in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Dutch Coalition for Natural Climate Buffers.
The Study Tour is part of a larger Climate Buffer Coalition programme financed by the LIFE Integrated Project DELTA Nature. It is also partly financed by the Eurosite LIFE NGO operating grant.
It offers a unique opportunity to visit six Dutch initiatives that are combining nature conservation, climate change adaptation and water management objectives, through a concept called ‘natural climate buffers’. At these sites, nature organisations and water authorities are cooperating to manage water levels, to promote biodiversity in tandem with measures to reduce the risks from flooding and drought that are being exacerbated by climate change.
The results of several LIFE projects will be showcased during the 2-day Study Tour. For example, part of the Dwingelderveld National Park has benefitted from the work of the “Healthy Heath” project.
The Climate Buffer Coalition consists of eight Dutch nature organisations. It has developed natural climate buffers in nearly 30 locations across the Netherlands. These have already produced tangible results, by giving both water and nature more room to expand, storing freshwater where it is beneficial for wildlife and recreational activities, and reducing the risk of flooding in built up areas.
Eurosite is a platform for managers of natural sites across Europe. It is targeting the Study Tour at site and project managers, ecologists, policymakers, government officials and landscape engineers.
In the concluding half-day workshop, the possibilities for European funding, twinning-like collaborations and transnational projects will be discussed. The aim is to replicate innovative climate buffer solutions elsewhere in Europe.
Registration for the Study Tour is open until 21 March 2018 via the Eurosite website, where the full programme and practical information can also be found.
Three LIFE projects and representatives from the LIFE programme will take part in the fifth edition of the Open European Day at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut in Bonn, Germany. The event will be held a day before the Bonn Resilient Cities conference, offering delegates an opportunity to debate issues of climate change adaptation and urban resilience before the conference.
The programme of the Open European Day focuses on city-to-city exchanges to help plan local adaptation strategies. The LIFE programme will man a stand at the event to share results from its own climate adaptation projects and answer funding questions. Representatives from LIFE Clinomics, LIFE PRIMES and LIFE LOCAL ADAPT will also attend to present their advances in climate change adaptation and urban resilience.
In previous years, the conference received praise for its inspiring and informative slideshow-free format. It has attracted audiences of over 100 participants, primarily representatives from cities and local governments, as well as technical experts on adaptation strategies and technologies.
Early-bird registration for the Resilient Cities 2018 conference is open until 10 March. Attendance to the 9th Open European Day is free but participants are requested to register online prior to the event.