28 July 2009 A population of European green toad (bufo viridis) has been released at a restored dune and former campsite at Sehlendorfer Binnensee. The restored site is one of several habitats targeted on the Baltic coastal lagoon complex by the project LIFE-BaltCoast (LIFE05NAT/D/000152).
The project is focusing on the most important Baltic coastal areas for breeding populations of the ruff (Philomachus pugnax) and a subspecies of dunlin (Calidris alpina schinzii), two wading bird species listed in the Birds Directive. The project area also covers many of the last Baltic strongholds for creeping marshwort (Apium repens), natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) and avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), as well as the European green toad (Bufo viridis).
Restoration work carried out by the project’s beneficiary, Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein in cooperation with managers and experts from Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania, includes the blocking of drainage trenches, the removal of eutrophic mud and dense reed vegetation, and, on dry semi-natural land, the clearing of overgrowth with bushes and trees including invasive species such as the wrinkled rose (Rosa rugosa). Appropriate grazing regimes with hardy sheep and cattle are being introduced in many areas.
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28 July 2009 The LIFE+ ELECTROVALUE project (LIFE07 ENV/P/000639) is fully in line with the results of the review of the WEEE Directive.
In December 2008, the European Commission issued a proposal to review the WEEE Directive. In line with the 'polluter pays' principle, the Commission is keen to shift responsibility from taxpayers to consumers and the Directive review also foresees the re-use of whole appliances and their components, contributing to the increased valorisation targets set for each electric and electronic product category included the proposal.
The ELECTROVALUE project is working on the re-use of printed circuit boards in anticipation of the opportunities presented by the electric and electronic products recycling market. Project partners are carrying out several studies on the re-use of components from printed circuit boards. Results of this work, which will establish methodologies and reliability requirements for the recovery and re-use of components in other products, are expected over the next two years of the project.