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Webinar - Implementing a pathway approach for climate change adaptation at the local level
11 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium
Planning for adaptation and selecting the right measures to implement while coping with a wide range of uncertainties is a challenge for many Covenant of Mayors signatories.
The goal of this webinar is to tackle this issue. Has your city already defined or is in the process of defining and assessing options for adaptation measures? At the same time, you are not sure which ones to implement and in which order?
And you would like to find out which options to choose for which (uncertain) future climate scenario? Then this webinar is for you.
The session will focus on assessing adaptation options and familiarise you in particular with the so-called adaptation pathway approach. This approach helps to prioritise adaptation options and assemble them in pathways: Information gathered during the phase of the risk and vulnerability assessment is used to evaluate the effectiveness of different adaptation options and considered together with the timing to assemble pathways of responses that will tackle previously defined climatic thresholds.
Sounds complex? You will be guided through the session by experts from research institutes, who will explain how you can make use of their research findings in your local authority. Moreover, representatives from Covenant of Mayors signatories will give details on how they have implemented this approach as part of their Covenant of Mayors journey and provide you with hints and lessons learned. Extensive Q&A sessions will allow for ample space for your questions.
Science Café with Thomas Jung
6 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium
Science Café with Thomas Jung is an unconventional open discussion with theme "Phytophthora species – threats for our nature".
Thomas Jung is one of the most renowned Phytophthora experts in the world. Phytophthora is a genus of plant-damaging Oomycetes (water molds), whose member species are capable of causing enormous economic losses on crops worldwide, as well as environmental damage in natural ecosystems.
Thomas Jung produced the first evidences of Phytophthora pathogens being involved in widespread forest declines in Europe and coordinated the largest forest disease survey in European history.
His current institution is the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he runs the Phytophthora Research Centre.
Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible.
Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.
1+1=3 - How agroforestry boosts revenues and resilience of Europe's farmers
29 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium
Attend this meeting at the European Parliament, hosted by Paul Brannen MEP, to hear and discuss how agroforestry and European research are boosting the revenues and resilience of Europe’s farmers. The meeting starts with presentations on the results of the AGFORWARD research project including the launch of the AGFORWARD folder of innovation and best practice leaflets. A panel will then discuss how we can mainstream agroforestry in Europe. The panel includes: Clara Aguilera Garcia MEP (Vice Chair, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament), Olivier De Schutter (Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems), Valentin Opfermann (Policy Advisor on Agricultural and Environmental Research and Environmental Issues at COPA-COGECA), Mauro Poinelli (Head of Unit Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, DG AGRI, European Commission), and Patrick Worms (Senior Science Policy Adviser at the World Agroforestry Centre). There will be a time for questions and the meeting will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking.
8th International Scientific Conference ‘RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomy Challenges’
23-24 November 2017, Kaunas, Lithuania
The aim of the 8th International Scientific Conference ‘RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomy Challenges’ is to provide scientific interdisciplinary discussion and to share new ideas for sustainable rural development in the context of Knowledge, Innovations and Social Progress.
The scope of the Conference covers four main areas: Biosystems Engineering and Environment, Agro-innovations and Food Technologies, Multifunctional Approach for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, and Social Innovations for Rural Development.
The Conference ‘Rural Development’ organized biannually since 2003 is attracting to Aleksandras Stulginskis University over 300 scientists from more than 25 countries. All the peer-reviewed conference papers will have been published in open access Proceedings of the conference (online ISSN 2345-0916, print ISSN 1822-3230). Proceedings of International Scientific Conference “Rural Development” are published periodically every two years since 2003 and indexed by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), EBSCO (Academic Search Complete).
Biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance work as a source of renewable energy
21 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium
Final conference of the greenGain project will be organised in cooperation with AEBIOM during its annual conference European Bioenergy Future on 21. 11. 2017.
The speakers will present interesting results of the greenGain project and share experience from various European regions how to increase market uptake of biomass residues originating during landscape conservation and maintenance work (public parks, roadsides, etc.) for renewable energy production