In this special end-of-year edition we spoke to the heads of the two LIFE Units: Angelo Salsi, Head of the LIFE Nature Unit, who has spent much of the last year overseeing progress on the two LIFE + Components and preparing the ground for the next period of LIFE Programme funding from 2014-2020.
We also interviewed Hervé Martin, head of the LIFE Environment and Eco-Innovation Unit, who spoke about the new regulation increasing the amount of funding for the programme and introducing a new climate change aspect.
This month’s new-look LIFEnews highlights work underway on the Blueprint to safeguard Europe's waters, and draws attention to the many varied contributions that LIFE actions make vis-à-vis issues under review by the Blueprint.
October's LIFEnews plays a part in awareness raising actions that are underway during the International Year of the Bat. LIFE project contributions to bat conservation are explained including two feature articles on LIFE Nature projects which reveal how people and knowledge are key factors for safeguarding Europe's endangered bat species. A newly completed and successful LIFE Environment project is also profiled to demonstrate how green growth policy goals can be implemented in practice on the ground in Member States.
This month's LIFEnews links with the launch in September of the European Commission's Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe. LIFE projects offer many useful lessons and outcomes that can be replicated around Europe to help increase the efficient use of raw materials and resources, as well as raise awareness on this important concept. A selection of such LIFE Programme examples are thus summarised in the newsletter which also features a good example of a practical 'resource efficiency' LIFE project from Italy, plus a 'Best of Nature 2010' project which helped protect niche biodiversity habitats in Minorca.
This special summer edition of LIFEnews focuses on how LIFE funding has helped provide new sustainable development opportunities for Europe's agricultural communities. Project support for grassland birds demonstrates the Programme's ability to be innovative in response to nature conservation needs that respect socioeconomic interests in rural areas. LIFE's role in improving the supply of ecosystem services from agricultural practices is also explored in the newsletter.
June's LIFEnews covers key points from the Programme's involvement with Green Week 2011, including interesting insights into future options for LIFE Environment that emerged during LIFE's annual conference, as well as highlights from this year's Best of the Best award ceremonies.
May's LIFEnews draws attention to the newly released proposals for an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 and shines a particular spotlight on biodiversity conservation problems related to poisoning. LIFE project contributions to reducing poisoning incidents are reviewed including work with specially-trained dog-detection teams, public participation programmes, and a new type of non-toxic anti-fouling agent providing protection for marine life.
April's LIFEnews starts setting the scene for the forthcoming LIFE Environment conference in May. This keynote event will spotlight the Programme's important contributions to environmental policy and look into what the future holds regarding new challenges for LIFE. Energy efficiency is high on the agenda of Europe's future eco challenges and the newsletter profiles a selection of LIFE Environment projects working in this field. In addition (and by way of underlining the LIFE Programme's breadth and diversity) April's edition also features an interesting example of LIFE Nature work from Eastern Europe supporting the conservation status of endangered falcons.
This month's LIFEnews carries out an inspection of the Programme's involvement with military actions that benefit the environment. Project examples in this field are summarised from a sample of Member States and LIFE's partnership work with Finnish defence forces is featured in detail in one of the newsletter's main articles. Other projects covered by the March edition include a low cost natural method for decontaminating former industrial land and successful outcomes from a LIFE Information and Communication project are also showcased.
This month's LIFEnews takes a look at how LIFE projects have helped to raise awareness and promote sustainable management of Europe's forests. Projects featured in the newsletter include the ForestForWater project, which aimed to integrate forest and water management, and the project to restore priority woodland habitats in Ireland. Also covered in February's LIFEnews is the public consultation process on the future of LIFE.
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.