In this special double issue: read the interview with Philip Owen, Head of the LIFE Unit, and Soledad Blanco, Director of International Affairs and LIFE, reflecting on the LIFE and LIFE+ programmes and providing advice for future LIFE project managers and beneficiaries. In addition you will find the annual index of all the main topics covered over the twelve months by LIFEnews.
November’s LIFEnews shines a spotlight on the LIFE Nature thematic conference and highlights some of the key themes that have been covered during the LIFE Nature event in Brussels. The newsletter also features a selection of interesting LIFE project work including; ongoing actions to improve the conservation status of active blanket bogs in Wales; successful bioremediation techniques for brownfield sites in the Basque Country; and effective capacity building support for Cypriot waste managers working with the island’s pig industry.
October’s LIFEnews highlights European Forest week and takes a look at some interesting LIFE projects working to enhance Europe’s forests and woodlands. This includes a LIFE project in Sweden, which aims to improve the conservation status of broad-leaved species, and innovative techniques from Spain that demonstrate the effectiveness of using grape waste to replace timber-based tannins for the leather industry. October’s LIFEnews also features a successful TCY project that helped to strengthen Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control systems in the Russian Oblast of Kaliningrad.
September’s newsletter highlights the important role of LIFE in contributing to ecological restoration and conservation within the Natura 2000 network. The main feature presents a LIFE project on wet meadow restoration in Greece. This issue also looks at "life after LIFE" for an Italian LIFE-Environment project on green public procurement, and the communication tools section covers good practice in writing a Layman’s report. A new section, the ‘Coordinators corner’ gives a voice to LIFE project coordinators, featuring the personal experiences of project beneficiaries.
July’s LIFEnews features European agriculture as its main topic and highlights a variety of interesting LIFE projects that have demonstrated positive links between farming and environmental sustainability. Projects covered include an UK-led programme of collaborative soil conservation measures, important habitat restoration measures targeting endangered bustards on the Canary Islands and an Albanian wetlands LIFE TCY project. This month’s communication topic examines good practice in producing LIFE project newsletters.
Twenty-one of the LIFE Environment projects that finished in 2007 have been evaluated as being "Best" projects. They were assessed and scored by EU Member State representatives and the European Commission. Five of these were awarded the title “Best of the Best”. In this issue we profile the five winning projects from Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Greece and Italy. We also bring news from a Portuguese LIFE project of the discovery of a new species of petrel seabird, together with other news, events and new publications.
May's newsletter takes a look at LIFE’s contributions to biodiversity and reflects the recent Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Many examples exist where pro-active LIFE support has supported biological diversity, including Poland’s first ever LIFE project which successfully restored Baltic raised bog habitats for rare plants and birds. Also featured is a Dutch urban water quality project and a Croatian conservation capacity building initiative. Winners of the Best LIFE Environment Projects for 2007-8 are highlighted and the communication tools item covers good practice in poster design.
April’s LIFEnews highlights LIFE projects’ contributions to Sustainable Consumption and Production practices (SCP). LIFE projects have been at the forefront of this evolving policy field and the newsletter includes a number of good examples, such as a Dutch project demonstrating SCP methods in leather manufacturing processes. Also featured is a Romanian LIFE-Nature project that restored Alpine forest habitats, a TCY coastal nature reserve project in Malta and a new item on communication tools.
March LIFEnews looks at some of LIFE's efforts in promoting the “greening” of the automotive industry. Emission performance standards for new passenger cars and the general need to improve the environmental performance of the transport sector are currently hot topics for both industry and policymakers. One of the featured LIFE projects supporting pioneering work in this area is the INOCAST project demonstrating an environmentally friendly engine block. Also featured is a LIFE-Nature project that restored peat and wetland habitats in Belgium and a TCY project dealing with wastewater treatment in Israel.
February's LIFEnews celebrates World Wetlands Day by highlighting the importance of Europe's wetlands to biodiversity and setting out some of the exciting LIFE projects that have worked to conserve or restore these vulnerable habitats. It also presents a successful Spanish project to reduce light pollution in a natural park and a project in Russia to build environmental capacity through EMAS. A whole series of upcoming events and some interesting news from LIFE projects are also presented.