In this special double issue: read the interview with Philip Owen, Head of the LIFE Unit, reflecting on the recent achievements of the LIFE programme and highlighting the most interesting features of the new financial instrument LIFE+. In addition, don’t miss the annual index of all the main topics covered over the last year. The subject index covers the 10 issues of LIFEnews from February to December 2007.
LIFEnews November considers the links between LIFE and the EU's recently published Blue Book, otherwise known as its proposal for an integrated maritime policy for the European Union. It highlights a related LIFE-Nature project that developed management plans for marine habitats off Spain, as well a LIFE-Environment project improving the recycling of engine components and a LIFE-TCY project guiding Turkish SMEs in implementing the European environmental legislation. This newsletter also sees the announcement of an important new LIFE-Focus publication on LIFE and waste recycling.
The October LIFEnews is focused on the theme of LIFE and water scarcity. Insufficient water resources and droughts are a growing environmental, social and political concern in the European Union. This newsletter looks at a number of LIFE projects which have demonstrated good practice in rationalising water use to relieve pressure on water resources. Recently finished projects restoring valuable grassland habitats in Germany and creating a framework for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Lebanon are also covered.
The September edition of LIFEnews is focused on the theme of LIFE and Third Countries (LIFE-TCY) to mark the end of this particular strand of the LIFE programme. It is a time to reflect on the positive impact of LIFE-TCY projects in promoting awareness and capacity to confront environmental challenges beyond the borders of the EU. This is further elaborated in the recent LIFE Focus publication on LIFE-TCY 1992-2006, “Supporting Europe's neighbours in building capacity of environmental policy and action”.
Climate change is fast moving up the public agenda. Indeed, the May 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group III (WG III) confirms the EU’s analysis that global emissions must start to fall within the next 15 years and then be cut to around half of 1990 levels by 2050 if the world is to have a fair chance of preventing irreversible and possibly catastrophic global changes. Naturally, there are a number of LIFE projects that are playing a key role in mitigating these changes. With this issue of LIFEnews, we have a brief look at a few of them. We also bring news of a couple of projects that have installed webcams in the wild, allowing websurfers to follow their activities online minute by minute, and a report on LIFE-supported technology that delivers more effective cryptosporidium filtration than traditional methods.
Of the 63 LIFE Environment projects that finished in 2006, 22 were evaluated as being "Best" projects. They were assessed and scored by EU Member State representatives and the European Commission. Five of them were awarded the title “Best of the Best”. In this issue we profile three of these Best of the Best projects, from the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom. We also bring news from Ireland of a LIFE-funded Golden Eagle chick and bring the latest on LIFE+ together with other news from Green Week 2007.