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.
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. The background paper can be downloaded here. Further information prior to the event is available through this link or by contacting Vanessa Sánchez Ortega at Fundación Global Nature.
The LIFE DERRIS project is organising two public events at Alpeuregio in Brussels, Belgium, to present lessons learnt in its initial work and to discuss how public-private partnerships can increase the resilience of SMEs to climate change.
Since September 2015, LIFE DERRIS has been pioneering a public-private insurance scheme that could increase local resilience to climate change and reduce the systemic cost of damages from extreme weather events. One of its innovations is to encourage virtuous behaviour on protection, prevention and adaptation to the effects of global warming. The model relies on multi-stakeholder collaboration involving public administrations, insurers, academic institutions and SMEs.
The two events in Brussels will focus on separate facets of the project. On the afternoon of 19 March, a series of roundtables will bring financial experts together with representatives of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to discuss how “Insurers and local public entities face together climate change”. The discussion will shift to “Cities and SMEs facing climate change: How to cooperate” on the morning of 20 March, as LIFE DERRIS invites speakers from institutions including the EU Covenant of Mayors and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction to share their insight on local climate adaptation strategies.
Further information on the two events can be found on the LIFE DERRIS website.
The final conference of the LIFE WolfAlps project will take place on 19-20 March at the Teatro Auditorium in Trento Italy. The event invites researchers, conservationists and policy makers, including EU officials, to examine actions undertaken over the five-year project, and discuss coexistence between wolves and humans in the Alps and in Europe.
The LIFE WolfAlps project has helped wolves recolonise habitats across the French, Italian and Slovenian Alps. Wolves were eradicated from these mountains in the first half of the 20th century, but conservation measures introduced in recent decades are bringing them back. LIFE WolfAlps has notably tackled issues of public opinion, addressing for instance the impact of wolves on livestock, and sensitising hunters, shepherds, students and local communities to their value as natural heritage. The novelty of the project has been to implement coordinated conservation actions at Alpine level, in Italy and Slovenia, and in collaboration with other countries.
The conference programme includes sessions presenting the outcome of these efforts, opportunities to share best practices, and discuss mistakes and challenges encountered along the way. The management of European wolf populations will also be addressed by experts from the Large Carnivorous Initiative for Europe and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The working language on the first day of the conference is Italian, and will switch to English on the second day with Italian translation provided. Participation is free and delegates are invited to register for priority access to the event. Further information is available online.
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.
Ireland's national Centre of Excellence for the Circular Economy is inviting policy-makers, thought leaders and innovators from across Europe to a conference on the circular economy at the Rediscovery Centre in Dublin, Ireland.
The conference is being held in the frame of the WISER LIFE project, an EU-funded initiative to reduce and reuse waste, create green jobs and reduce resource consumption. The project builds upon the activities of the Rediscovery Centre to demonstrate best practices for reusing waste. It is supported by an eco-cluster of resource-efficient enterprises, and complemented by a suite for environmental education and research programmes.
Delegates of the Designs for life: the circular economy in action conference will discuss how policy and action are working together to establish circular principles as the new frontier for innovation and economic development. The programme features keynote addresses from Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Iain Gulland from Zero Waste Scotland. There will also be entertainment and workshops throughout the day and a special Zero Waste Banquet.
For further information on the event, please contact Gráinne Lambert at the Rediscovery Centre on +353 (1) 8933801.
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.
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.
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.