December's LIFEnews provides an opportunity to take stock of the last 12 months and look forward to what the future might hold for LIFE in 2011. In this special end-of-year edition we speak to the heads of the two LIFE Units ('Nature' and 'Environment and Eco-Innovation') in Brussels and ask them about their perspectives on the current programme, as well as its potential successor. We also highlight how LIFEnews readers can contribute to shaping the future of EU environmental policy.
November's LIFEnews reports on new Natura 2000 guidance covering Europe's extraction industry and highlights LIFE project outcomes that have helped this important economic sector to support nature conservation objectives. Featured projects include LIFE Nature actions from the Czech Republic in a sensitive limestone landscape, and from the UK where good practices have been developed regarding extraction of river gravel. LIFE Environment's EcoQuarry project is also showcased for its achievements in restoring Mediterranean quarry sites.
This month's LIFEnews takes a look at how LIFE projects have helped to protect Europe's natural resources by supporting the roll out of Environmental Management Systems. Projects featured in the newsletter include innovative integrated approaches to EMAS and eco branding involving multi-national partners. Also covered in October's LIFEnews is a recently completed project from Spain that launched a species recovery programme for endangered bearded vultures.
September’s LIFEnews highlights LIFE’s role in supporting mountain areas and showcases a variety of LIFE project work including environmental management actions in the Mediterranean area. Woodland habitats, human factors and wine regions are all examined in more detail by the feature articles and the European Environmental Agency’s ‘10 messages for 2010’ are also noted in this month’s edition of LIFEnews.
This month’s LIFE news examines issues surrounding sustainable soil management and unearths a range of different LIFE activity involved with supporting the conservation of EU soil resources, such as a successful Spanish LIFE project focused on preserving hillside soil stocks in the Mediterranean. Other projects spotlighted by the summer edition of LIFEnews highlight habitat improvements in the Belgian Flanders and a multi-national river basin management initiative from the western Balkans.
This month’s special edition of LIFEnews reports from the EU’s Green Week 2010, which took place in early June. Notable outcomes from Green week featured in the newsletter include important findings from the debate about the future of LIFE Nature’s role in tackling biodiversity decline and other articles review ‘Best of the Best’ winners from both LIFE Environment and LIFE Nature award ceremonies.
This month’s LIFEnews explores different LIFE project contributions to promoting sustainable urban development practices. Features include LIFE Environment support in Italy generating a new integrated set of tools for managing urban area eco-footprints, a Finnish LIFE Nature project’s success at protecting peri-urban wildlife habitats and a TCY initiative from Turkey highlighting capacity building progress in improving Istanbul’s air quality.
This month’s LIFEnews focuses on the publication of the latest European Red lists of endangered species. It highlights the threats facing Europe’s butterflies, dragonflies and beetles and presents a number of LIFE projects that have been working to improve the conservation status of these species. Additional projects covered are a LIFE Nature project investigating ways of avoiding cross-contamination with GMO crops and a LIFE TCY project developing a coherent soil monitoring system in Croatia.
European sustainable energy initiatives form the focus for the March edition of LIFEnews, which profiles the recent Energy Days taking place around the EU and features a selection of LIFE project contributions to European energy policy agendas. Other projects covered in the newsletter include LIFE Nature’s support for endangered bird species in the Azores and a life-saving flood protection system in Egypt’s Sinai desert funded by the TCY component.
February’s LIFEnews focuses its attention on the launch of the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity and highlights a new Communication from the European Commission warning about loss of species. LIFE contributions to species conservation are profiled in the newsletter which also features results from projects helping to reduce noise levels around EU ports and improve hazardous waste management capacity in Turkey.
This special annual edition of LIFEnews spends some time with the LIFE Programme’s two new Heads of Unit and hears about their perspectives on some of the future challenges and opportunities for the LIFE programme’s components.