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Events: April 2018

GREEN – International Fair of Sustainable Technologies and Green Lifestyle

4-7 April 2018, Gornja Radgona, Slovenia

Fair of sustainable technologies and Green Lifestyle

The LIFE programme will take part in the 4th International Fair of Sustainable Technologies and Green Lifestyle (GREEN) in Slovenia, delivering presentations and hosting a stand in its exhibition area.

In its previous edition, the GREEN fair exhibited innovative sustainable achievements and ethical business ideas from 220 exhibitors across Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Serbia and Switzerland. The fair attracted an audience of 10 000 scientists, innovators, governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, businesses and consumers who wished for their activities to leave a greener trail. Its fourth edition will also hold professional meetings and exhibitions, providing a platform to exchange ideas, research results and best practices.

The LIFE National Contact Point for Slovenia will be present at the event to deliver two presentations on the LIFE programme and its funding opportunities. The first will take place on 4 April during the international matchmaking event 'Meet4Business MEGRA 2018', which will be organised by the Maribor Development Agency. On Friday 6 April, a session on environmental design and innovation as part of a circular economy will include a LIFE presentation from 11:05-11:25. LIFE programme representatives will also host a stand in the GREEN fair exhibition area to answer questions on its projects and funding activities.

Register online for LIFE’s presentation on funding opportunities to receive free entry to the GREEN Fair on 6 April. Delegates can also register to the international matchmaking event before 26 March.

Coastal lagoon restoration: LIFE SeResto final conference

11 April 2018, Rome, Italy

LIFE SeResto project

The Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Venice University Ca’ Foscari are holding a conference on “Coastal lagoon restoration” at the the Circolo Sottufficiali della Marina Militare in Rome, Italy. The event will review the work of the LIFE SeResto project protecting the Venetian Lagoon and its ecosystems.

Over the past four years, the LIFE SeResto project has adopted a new approach to trigger the recolonization of marine flowering plants in the Venetian Lagoon, one of the largest coastal lagoons in Europe. Its efforts have focused on transplanting seagrass meadows that play a crucial role in the conservation of this habitat.

The conference will strengthen links between an emerging network of applied scientists, water managers and administrators, as well as policy-makers and executives. Its programme addresses key issues in coastal lagoon restoration through sessions devoted to seagrass meadow restoration, European projects targeting lagoon restoration, and a round table with water managers, regional environmental agencies and river basin authorities.

The working language of the conference is Italian and English translation will be provided. Participation is free but delegates are requested to register online.

European forum on alternative agricultural practices

17-19 April 2018, Maussane-les-Alpilles, France

LIFE des Alpilles  LOGO

The LIFE des Alpilles project invites agricultural producers, government officials, technical partners and financiers to reflect on the future of agriculture in the Mediterranean as part of a three-day European forum at the Espace Agora Alpilles in southern France.

The forum will address sustainable soil management techniques in a changing climate, alternatives to synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and the contribution of biodiversity to agricultural land in France and Europe. Excursions to local vineyards and olive groves involved in the LIFE des Alpilles project will back these discussions with field insight.

For four years now, LIFE des Alpilles has been conserving natural environments in southern France notably to restore populations of protected birds. In its efforts, the project takes into account multiple factors related to sustainable land management. It explores the impact of human activities, spreads good practices, and raises public awareness among local stakeholders of the ecological importance of the sites and species that it protects.

The forum is free to attend but participants are requested to register online before 9 April 2018. Its working language is French. For further information please check the conference programme or contact Florence Kurcz on +33 (0)4 90 90 44 16.

LIFE FRANCA national conference

18-19 April 2018, Trento, Italy

LIFE FRANCA: Project logo

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.

Monitoring workshop for Natura 2000 sites

18-20 April 2018, the Netherlands

Eurosite LOGO

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.

Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities 2018

25 April 2018, Bonn, Germany

Resilient Cities 2018

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.


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