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Events: September 2018

Bringing Bugs Back to LIFE: action for threatened invertebrates

18-20 September 2018, Stirling, Scotland, UK

LOGO LIFE UNIOPhoto: Marián-Filípek

Since 1992 the LIFE programme has supported nature projects that benefit invertebrates.  Many projects have directly targeted the conservation needs of species listed in Annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive. In 2011 a platform meeting on terrestrial invertebrates was held in the UK to share experience across Europe. An immediate outcome of the meeting was the opening up of the LIFE programme to species listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Now, it is time to review how well LIFE has targeted actions for threatened invertebrates and to consider what more could the programme do to support these sometimes forgotten species groups.  To this end, the European Commission is holding a platform meeting on threatened invertebrates at the STEP Scotland Business Enterprise, Stirling. ‘Bringing Bugs Back to LIFE’ will be hosted and co-organised by the EcoCo LIFE+ project.

As well as the IUCN lists of butterflies, dragonflies and saproxylic beetles discussed at the 2011 platform, this meeting will cover the IUCN lists for bees, grasshoppers, spiders and terrestrial molluscs.
LIFE projects are invited to participate in the meeting which will address the following questions:

  • What type of projects do we need to improve the conservation status of threatened Habitats Directive and IUCN Red List invertebrates?
  • What is the best way to target the overlooked groups?
  • How can we address the ecological, taxonomic and biogeographical knowledge gaps?
  • Would a focus on umbrella species improve the overall situation for invertebrates?
  • Are habitat restoration projects adequately targeting invertebrate species?
  • Can invertebrate assemblages be used as an indicator of habitat quality?
  • What features of landscape scale approaches will specifically address the needs of invertebrates?
  • How do we plan for long-term monitoring?

The discussions and outcomes of the meeting will be considered by the European Commission in developing its ideas for the next LIFE Regulation.

The two-day event will include plenary sessions, thematic workshops, excursions and posters. It will also provide opportunities for networking and for proposing priorities for future LIFE projects.

For further information contact the EcoCoLIFE+ project coordinator: Paul Sizeland

LIFE platform meeting: Volunteering for Nature Conservation

19-21 September 2018, Tartu, Estonia

Photo: LIFE ChoonaPhoto: LIFE CHOO-NA!

Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of the LIFE programme. LIFE Nature and Biodiversity projects in particular have benefited from the ability of nature conservation NGOs to leverage their networks of volunteers.

The main objective of this LIFE platform meeting is to share experience between LIFE projects and to identify what is most important for increasing the impact of volunteers in nature conservation. It is hosted by the wetland conservation project, LIFE Mires Estonia, which is coordinated by the Estonian Fund for Nature. More than 500 people are taking part in volunteer camps to help the NGO restore Estonia's wetlands.

The three-day event will include plenary sessions, thematic workshops and a poster session presenting and discussing the experiences of projects from several EU countries. Invited experts will highlight the work of other programs that involve volunteers and offer lessons on attracting,  motivating and utilising volunteers. The meeting will also explore the social aspects of volunteering and make links with other policy areas. It will provide excellent opportunities for networking and feature the possibility to work as a volunteer for a day helping to build dams in a mire.

For further information visit the meeting’s website. Registration closes on 20 July 2018.

LIFE platform meeting on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries

26-27 September 2018 in Utrecht, Netherlands


The European Union has set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020, 2030 and 2050, in response to global efforts spearheaded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and the recent Paris Agreement.

Energy intensive industries play a critical role in achieving these targets. This LIFE platform meeting will bring together beneficiaries of the LIFE programme and other EU funding mechanisms, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss how energy intensive industries can contribute to realising the EU roadmap to eventual decarbonisation. The discussions and networking will facilitate exchange of good practices and synergies between projects that are designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions, in particular in the cement, ceramic, glass, steel and metal industries.

The meeting is hosted by LIFE OPTIMELT, a project that is recovering waste heat in glass manufacturing, and is organised in cooperation with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA).

The two-day gathering will include plenary sessions on the policy context, industry commitments and technological solutions; workshops; a poster session; and field visits to the OPTIMELT project at the Libbey Leerdam glassware factory and Tata Steel’s Horizon 2020 project, HIsarna, both in the Netherlands

To download a copy of the preliminary agenda, click here.

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