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Events: January 2018

Natura 2000 Summit

29-30 January 2018, Munich, Germany

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The Bavarian Academy for Conservation and Landscape Management is organising the first Natura 2000 Summit in Bavaria, Germany. The event will highlight the role of the Natura 2000 network in conserving nature, social values, and natural heritage in Bavaria. The European Commission’s Director General for Environment, Daniel Calleja Crespo, will speak on 29 of January. The event will also act as a kick-off meeting for the recently launched LIFE living Natura 2000 project. 

LIFE living Natura2000 aims to improve public perception of the Natura 2000 network in Bavaria. The communication and information campaign led by the project underlines the relevance of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas in safeguarding natural heritage, stopping the loss of biodiversity, and advancing cooperative planning across protected areas.

The first Natura 2000 Summit in Bavaria will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to meet and exchange information about the ecological network Natura 2000 and its implementation. The event will be held in German. For further information, please check online or contact Nicole Hoehna.

MaxiMiseR Round Table Cities And Regions

30 January 2018 in Brussels, Belgium

Photo: MaxiMiseR Photo: MaxiMiseR

The upcoming WWF MaxiMiseR round-table will discuss what the EU and national governments can learn from cities and regions, and how they can support them in long-term climate planning.

Cities and regions worldwide have demonstrated that they can play a leading role in the fight against climate change. The MaxiMiseR project aims to help make climate plans as strong as possible, spotting new ways of financing them through the EU Emissions Trading System. 
The round table will notably collect the thoughts of Tula Ekengren, regional developer from Västra Götaland County in Sweden, and Adam White, senior research coordinator for WWF European Policy Office in Brussels. The event will be moderated by Imke Lübbeke, head of the WWF EU Climate & Energy unit and will invite Hans Bergman, Head of Unit for Governance & Effort Sharing to share views from DG Climate Action.

To attend the event in person at WWF European Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium, please send an email to Florian Becker, Communications Officer at WWF, by Wednesday 24 January. Delegates can join from their laptop or mobile device registering to the live-stream of the round-table through WWF’s web conferencing system.

Workshop on restoration of island ecosystems

29-31 January 2018, Peniche, Portugal

Photo:Joana Andrade/ Berlengas Photo:Joana Andrade/ Berlengas

The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), the Portuguese BirdLife partner, is organising a workshop on the “Restoration of Island Ecosystems”. The event is organised within the framework of the project, LIFE Berlengas. It focuses on the impact of invasive alien species on islands, and what can be done to respond.

In recent decades, conservationists have expanded campaigns to manage invasive species from small-scale experiments to large scale operations. Some initiatives have succeeded in eradicating invasive species from entire islands. This workshop will discuss approaches to achieve such results and share experience, both good and bad, from past projects. To do so, it brings together experts from many countries who share an interest in invasive species and the habitats that they degrade.

Case studies, round table, field trip

The three-day programme includes case studies on controlling invasive mammals and plants, lectures on restoring habitats, and a round table to exchange ideas on the broader implications of these topics. On the third day, delegates are also invited on a field trip to the Berlengas archipelago. These islands, lying 10 kilometres off the Portuguese coast, have been turned into a natural reserve that is notably important for protecting Atlantic sea birds.

Delegates are invited to submit an abstract for the workshop by November 30 and register before December 15. Further information on the event can be found on the Berlengas project website.

LIFE FOREST CO2 meeting at the European Parliament

31 January 2018 in Brussels, Belgium


A technical meeting organised by the LIFE FOREST CO2 project at the European Parliament will address the topic of “Sustainable forest management: challenge and opportunity to combat Climate Change.” The event invites Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), LIFE programme representatives, and experts from across Europe to reflect on the state of sustainable forest management.

The LIFE FOREST CO2 project assesses carbon sinks in forests and promotes compensation systems to help mitigate climate change. Its objectives include promoting sustainable forest management by applying EU rules related to the accounting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land-use, land-use change and forestry.

Ramón Luis Valcárcel, Vicepresident of the European Parliament, will open the meeting, inviting Consuelo Rosauro Meseguer from the Region of Murcia in Spain, and Hana Mandelikova from the European Agency for SMEs (EASME) to introduce the LIFE FOREST CO2 project and its legislative framework. A question and answer session after these presentations will offer MEPs the opportunity to probe matters further.

Delegates attending from outside the European Parliament are requested to contact organisers ( or before 20 January to provide personal details for registration.


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