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Events: March 2018

Conference on sourcing while respecting biodiversity

01 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium


The Global Nature Fund, the Belgian Federal Ministry of Health, Université catholique de Louvain and IPES-food are organising a conference on “Sourcing while respecting biodiversity: the case of food” at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Belgi


The event will introduce a new web tool that provides recommendations on biodiversity-conscious sourcing of agricultural products, and recommendations issued by the LIFEBioStandards project for retailers in the food sector on how to adopt biodiversity criteria in their standards and labels. Over the afternoon, the conference will divide into technical workshops to offer feedback and advice to these projects, helping to ensure that they meet existing needs.

The LIFEBioStandards project aims to improve biodiversity performance in the food chain, notably by helping to implement the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The project is developing standards and having them applied by pioneering companies in the food industry. Its work is complementary to that presented by the Belgian Ministry, and participants will discuss their advances side-by-side.

Further information is available in the conference programme online. Attendance is free, but participants are required to register online.

LIFE platform meeting on climate change adaptation in agriculture and forestry in the Mediterranean Region

13-14 March 2018 in Madrid, Spain

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This LIFE platform meeting will address climate change adaptation in agriculture and forestry around the Mediterranean regions of the EU. Representatives from LIFE projects, national governments, EU institutions, local authorities, expert bodies, civil society and the private sector will discuss measures for strengthening climate change resilience in farms and forests across a region that is particularly vulnerable to global warming. The event is hosted by the Fundación Global Nature, an associated beneficiary of the LIFE AgriAdapt project, and is organised in cooperation with the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Climate Action.

The platform meeting programme includes sessions on the impacts of climate change on Mediterranean agriculture and forestry,  related adaptation policies and good practices. It also addresses climate services, knowledge sharing and stakeholder engagement in each of these sectors. Following presentations, delegates will brainstorm in targeted working groups, feeding insight from project implementation back into policy recommendations. On the second day of the platform meeting, participants will visit a LIFE project in either Soria or Segovia, experiencing first-hand how Spanish farms and forests are responding to climate change.

Outcomes from the platform meeting will be made available online. Further information prior to the event is available here, or by contacting Vanessa Sánchez Ortega at Fundación Global Nature.

LIFE FORECCAST photo competition

21 March 2018 in Saint-Amans-Soult, France

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In tribute of this year’s International Day of Forests, the LIFE FORECCAsT project is holding a photography competition, in which locals and visitors across Europe can compare their favourite shots of “Forests from the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park.” The award ceremony will take place on 21 March at the Tortill'Art auditorium in Saint-Amans-Soult, France.

The competition encourages amateur and professional photographers to visit Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park in southern France. The FORECCAsT team expects the mosaic of pictures collected through the competition to showcase how locals and visitors perceive the unique landscape of Haut-Languedoc and its rich, dense forests. Participants are invited to submits shots accompanied with a few words to the competition jury by e-mail. Full competition rules are available (in French) online.

The LIFE FORECCAsT project helps forest owners incorporate climate change into their land management strategy. In doing so, it is protecting ecosystems in the Haut-Languedoc region and ensuring that the forestry sector can meet emerging environmental, economic and social challenges. Further details on its work and on the photo competition are available on the project website.

LIFE Belini Water Village

25 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium


The region of Brussels is organising a week of awareness-raising activities for World Water Day on 22 March. Guided walking tours, art exhibitions and educational programmes for schools are just some examples of Water Day events that will invite citizens to reconnect with their blue capital.

The Integrated Project LIFE Belini will be holding its own Water Day event by setting up a temporary Water Village at the Parc Maximilien in Brussels on Sunday 25 March. The Water Village will invite experts and officials for a networking event to discuss key issues in water management today.

LIFE Belini is an Integrated Project designed to help authorities in Europe implement environmental and climate legislation to the fullest extent. The project supports the implementation of measures to bring the status of water bodies in line with the Water Framework Directive and address flood risks in the Scheldt River Basin District..

It is notably carrying out work to strengthen cooperation among Belgian authorities, river basin managers and other stakeholders. Stronger cooperation is needed to improve implementation of environmental legislation throughout the project area, which crosses all three regions of Belgium.

For more information visit the LIFE Belini website.

Waste Management & Recycling Conference for South East Europe

27-29 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Waste Management & Recycling Conference for South East Europe

The LIFE programme will hold a workshop at the 9th Waste Management & Recycling Conference and Exhibition for South East Europe at the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The event will discuss environmental progress underway in South-East Europe. The region is notably making its waste management more sustainable and raising 2030 targets for re-using and recycling waste. To help reach these goals, the Waste Management & Recycling Conference and Exhibition for South East Europe offers a meeting point at which representatives from European companies and government agencies can explore opportunities to implement greener waste treatment technologies and practices.

Sessions address green growth and the circular economy, and will include an introduction to funding opportunities from the LIFE programme in support of work on the environment and climate action. The LIFE session will take place on 28 March. More information is available on the conference programme. LIFE will also man a stand in the exhibition area to answer questions on its funding opportunities and how the programme contributes to the circular economy"

Delegates are invited to register with conference organisers directly via e-mail. For further information, please call +359/32512907.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Conference for South East Europe

27-29 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Conference: LOGO

The LIFE programme will present its work in the exhibition area of the 14th Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Conference for South East Europe at the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference will address the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in South East Europe. Its three-day programme includes sessions by representatives from Air Liquide and the University of Birmingham on topics such as energy storage, on energy efficiency technologies, district heating. The conference this year will also highlight opportunities in bioenergy, geothermal energy and securing project funds.

The LIFE programme will man a stand in the adjacent Exhibition for South East Europe to answer questions on its funding opportunities in person. Further information on the event is provided in the conference brochure. Delegates are invited to register with conference organisers directly via e-mail. For any questions, please call +359/32512907.


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