The Swedish Nature project Vindel River LIFE (LIFE08 NAT/S/000266) has developed an excellent way to bring its project to a wider public. Using modern photographic techniques, the project has taken 360° images of key sites so that anyone with access to the Internet can put themselves in the heart of the changing scene.
The project is working to restore more natural river dynamics along the River Vindel and its tributaries in northern Sweden. Pre-restoration 360° of four sites are now available for public viewing. These enable anyone to see not just one angle of the project sites, but to appreciate the whole environment of river, riverbed, banks and trees.
Once the restoration actions have been completed, further 360° images will be taken so that the improvements made by the project can be seen. The 360° technology will provide a much clearer understanding of the changes taken place and will be an invaluable aid in communicating the project’s results.
The project, which runs from 2010 to 2014, will remove former timber-floating installations from the Vindel river and 22 tributaries to reduce the effects of fragmentation and channelisation. It hopes to achieve a good water status in the river and will monitor and evaluate the ecological response of species and habitats to the restoration work.
For more information on this LIFE Nature project, please visit the project website.
The LIFE BaltCoast project (LIFE05 NAT/D/000152) has come up with a great way of publicising the project: badges! Florian Grebert, who has completed his "FÖJ" (a voluntary environmental year) at the Nature Conservation Foundation, designed the badges, which contain the LIFE logo and the project website address – www.life-baltcoast.de.
More than 500 badges have already been produced and distributed to project partners and the many members of the public who have come along on the annual lagoon walks that the project has organised. The BaltCoast project has assembled around 20 partners from five countries (Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania) around the Baltic Sea in order to co-ordinate coastal habitat protection.
The badges, the organisers believe, will help create solidarity with the objectives of the project. They are a distinctive blue and yellow design and are visible way of communicating the goals of coastal conservation.