31 July 2008 Two rare birds of prey that are the ‘beneficiaries’ of LIFE Nature projects in Hungary, were among seven selected by television viewers as sites or species of nature conservation importance. The Saker falcon and Imperial eagle were chosen from a list of 30 natural values in a public vote on Earth Day (April 22) at the conclusion of the Hungarian television series, ‘Green7’.
The Hungarian Minister for the Environment, Gábor Fodor presented certificates and trophies to the winning entries. Collecting the certificate for Saker was the coordinator of BirdLife Hungary’s raptor conservation programme, János Bagyura. The chairman of BirdLife Hungary’s Raptor Conservation Department, Levente Viszló picked up the prize on behalf of the Imperial eagle. Both species also receive advertising space on Hungarian TV worth HUF 1 million (c. €4 000). Certificate for Saker was handed to János Bagyura, programme coordinator of BirdLife Hungary’s raptor conservation programme (while certificate for Imperial Eagle went to Levente Viszló chairman of BirdLife Hungary’s Raptor Conservation Department). Awards were given by Gábor Fodor, Minister for Environment.
The public’s choice of the two raptors can be seen as vindication for the very efficient and successful public awareness work of two Hungarian LIFE Nature projects: LIFE06 NAT/H/000096 (visit the website here) and LIFE02 NAT/HU/8627 (visit the website here)
30 July 2008 DG Environment of the European Commission, in conjunction with STELLA Consulting and MWH, is organising a series of LIFE+ Information Workshops, within the context of the 2008 Call for Proposals. The aim of these workshops is to inform potential applicants for the 2008 Call for Proposals about the LIFE+ Programme, and the requirements for submitting a proposal. There will be one workshop in each of the EU Member States (including one in each French and Flemish in Belgium). If you are interested in participating in one of these workshops, please click here.
29 July 2008 "Natura 2000: Man and nature go together" is a new video focusing on the implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network. Produced by Mostra for the EC's DG Environment, the 10-minute short includes in-depth interviews with the managers of LIFE Nature projects in Estonia - "Restoration and management of the Häädemeeste wetland complex" (LIFE00 NAT/EE/007082) - and Slovenia - "Peatbogs in Triglav National Park" (LIFE00 NAT/SLO/007231).
To take a look at the video, click here.
15 July 2008 The 2008 call for proposals for all three LIFE+ components has been launched today, 15 July 2008.
Applicants for the LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance and LIFE+ Information & Communication EU co-funding are provided with a four month preparation period to present project proposals to Member State authorities on 21 November 2008. The selection process will then begin with the aim to have a final list of projects to be co-financed in July 2009. Projects may start working on 1 January 2010.
LIFE applicants are encouraged to make best use of the next four months to undertake all the necessary planning and preparatory work to ensure that their project proposals are in full coherence with the requirements stated in the application packages for each component.
Advice and guidance on the call for proposals will be provided through a series of workshops for potential LIFE applicants that will be organised by the Commission in each Member State between July and November.
To read more, visit the Call for Proposals page.
8 July 2008 LIFE co-finances innovative projects that explore ways to facilitate the implementation and enforcement of EU policy and legislation on soil, land-use and agriculture. A selection of these projects and their results are presented in the latest thematic section to be published on the LIFE website.
The "Soil, land-use & agriculture" section, similar to the other thematic sections, is divided into six sub-sections and presents information about the projects, publications, videos and news and features dating back to 2005. The most recent LIFE projects relevant to soil, land-use & agriculture (from 1999 onwards) have been divided into different thematic groups.
Add "Soil, land-use & agriculture” to your bookmarks.
3 July 2008 As part of its ‘Living beaches 2008’ activities (Opération Plages Vivantes), the Natural Park of the Narbonne Region of the Mediterranean in Southwest France will be organising events this summer to reveal to the public the biodiversity of the Aude littoral. The focus in particular will be on the birds (including the Little Tern – Sterna albifrons – and the Pied Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta) that spend each summer nesting on the region’s beaches and along the banks of its lagoons.
‘Opération Plages Vivantes’ was initiated in 2003 as part of the LIFE Environment project EDEN (LIFE00 ENV/F/000600), which targeted concerted eco-development around the ponds and lagoons of the Narbonnaise area.
This year’s programme encompasses guided walks, a workshop, conferences and slideshows. There are more than 30 free events for the public, taking in themes such as birds, plants, insects, microscopic algae, biodiversity and the sounds of the lagoons.
For more information, visit the website of Natural Park of the Narbonne Region (in French only).
1 July 2008 The managing authorities for LIFE+ in the Netherlands organised for the second time a kick-off meeting in preparation for the LIFE+ 2008 call. The call for proposals is expected to be published by the European Commission on 15 July 2008, however potential applicants are already busy putting together their project proposals.
Over 100 potential applicants attended the event on 25 June 2008 in Utrecht and they were informed about the LIFE+ programme in general, the LIFE+ call 2008 and the organisational arrangements for LIFE+ in the Netherlands. In the concluding sessions, possibilities for new project ideas under the different components of the programme were discussed.
Although the Dutch allocation under LIFE+ 2008 is only sufficient to fund 6-8 applications, many organisations expressed their interest in submitting a proposal for this years call. During the afternoon session, a number ofinteresting projects where discussed.
The organisation of the meeting was in the hands of SenterNovem, the LIFE+ national contact point, which works on behalf of the two responsible ministries in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Nature and the Ministry of Environment. The role of the national organisation is to support potential applicants with the preparation of their application by explaining the guidelines and application forms.
For more national information see the Dutch LIFE+ website.
Another LIFE+ kick-off meeting takes place 3 July 2008 in Vienna, Austria. For more information see the LIFE event section.