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Events: March 2017

Meet LIFE at the World Sustainable Energy Days

01-03 March 2017, Wels, Austria

World Sustainable Energy Days

The LIFE programme will be present at the 2017 edition of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) a major event that takes place from 1-3 March 2016 in the Austrian city of Wels.

The event will cover a total of eight conferences, namely the:
- European Pellet Conference
- European Energy Efficiency Conference
- Young Researchers: Energy efficiency + Biomass
- Energy Efficiency Services and Business
- E-Mobility & Smart Buildings
- European Research Conference: Buildings
- European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
- Energy Efficiency Watch

For the fifth consecutive year the LIFE Programme will be present at the event to demonstrate some LIFE project results on renewable energies and energy efficiency. Look for us in the exhibition area. We will be more than happy to present our projects to you and to discuss sustainable energy issues.

Organised by the Upper Austria Region, over the course of three days the WSED will gather the most relevant stakeholders on energy sustainability from all over the world.

For more details about World Sustainable Energy Days see the programme.
To register, click here.

Meet LIFE at the River Basin Adaptation Conference

07-08 March 2017, Nova Gorica, Slovenia


The LIFE programme will partake in the River Basin Adaptation Conference to be held in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) on 7-8 March 2017.

The event is to be the final conference of the BeWater project. BeWater is funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration. The project takes a proactive approach to water-related global challenges at the river basin level by fostering a dialogue between science and society.

Consisting of both a conference and a field trip the event will examine dialogue and collaboration between science and society for sustainable water management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the Mediterranean.
The LIFE programme will be represented at the conference. We will take part in the interactive parallel session on adapting to climate change in Slovenia, highlighting the LIFE programme’s promotion of good practices for river basin adaptation.
The conference will also be an occasion to learn about successful initiatives and methodologies applied by the beneficiaries of LIFE projects on the themes tackled by the event. 

The conference programme provides more information about the River Basin Adaptation.

To register, click here.

Workshop on cross-border protection of the great bustard

08 March 2017, Illmitz, Austria

Photo:LIFE15 NAT/AT/000834

The LIFE Great Bustard project (LIFE15 NAT/AT/000834) is holding a technical workshop about cross-border protection of the great bustard in central Europe from 8-10 March 2017 in Illmitz (Austria).

The conference brings together experts from Europe, Russia and Asia to discuss tracking and conservation methods, tagging, satellite telemetry, predator management and other topics related to the great bustard (Otis tarda), a bird species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive.

A press conference on the 25th LIFE anniversary and marking 12.5 years of LIFE projects protecting the great bustard in central Europe will be held on the morning of 10 March 2017.

The LIFE Great Bustard project focuses on the problem of overhead power lines which cause numerous fatal collisions – it is the main cause of bustard mortality in Austria – and jeopardise conservation measures. Its objective is to reduce the threat of collision with power lines in Austria and Hungary, to continue habitat management efforts and reduce predation.

Anyone wishing to participate to the workshop should email before 1 March 2017.
For more about the event visit the project Facebook page.

International Conference on Sustainable Mobility at University

08-10 March 2017, Barcelona, Spain


The first International Conference on Sustainable Mobility at University will see universities from several European countries and other territories sharing their experiences, challenges and solutions in the accessibility and sustainable mobility field.

Taking place from 8-10 March 2017, the initial encounters are dedicated to understanding the theoretical approaches to sustainable mobility that universities as territorial and social actors are implementing. The current and future tendencies on mobility management will be then discussed, considering the application of green economy theories to transport. The speakers will subsequently  illustrate how the governance of universities and territories can shape and condition sustainable mobility management at different scales.

Taking place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona the event will promote knowledge transfer and networking among European universities on sustainable mobility practices, by welcoming university mobility managers, academics, public urban mobility officers, entrepreneurs and businesses, NGOs, civil society representatives and students.

The event is organised by U-MOB LIFE (LIFE15 GIC/ES/000056), a 5-year project running since July 2016.  The overall objective of the LIFE project is to facilitate the exchange and transfer of best practices in sustainable mobility on university campuses across the EU.

The EU strategy on the urban environment proposes to, "change radically the balance among different transport systems, favouring public over private and reducing the impact of car traffic in our cities." This requires effective tools to encourage greater use of public transport, vehicle-sharing, intermodal transport, cycling and walking. University campuses are significant start/end and transit points for a huge number of journeys. The implementation of sustainable urban mobility practices in the many thousands of campuses across the EU can play a significant role in mitigating climate change.

To register for the event see the U-MOB website.

Those interested in participating as a speaker in the first U-MOB LIFE conference can submit their proposal online.

Final conference for LIFE SANITSER

10 March 2017, Civita Castellana, Italy


The LIFE Environment project LIFE SANITSER (LIFE12 ENV/IT/1095), focusing on sanitary ware in the ceramics industry, will celebrate its energy saving and waste reduction accomplishments at the project’s closing conference on 10 March 2017 in Civita Castellana, 60 km north of Rome.

The project will welcome industry representatives, public officials and other sector stakeholders to the day-long event, which will be an opportunity for the project team to demonstrate how they have worked to introduce new and more environmentally-friendly techniques into the production cycle.

The project is led by Mineral Industriali, an Italian company that produces and sells raw materials for vitreous china sanitary ware items. The vitreous sanitary ware sector in the EU employs 22 000 people and is worth €4.5 billion to the European economy.

LIFE SANITSER’s goal was to recycle glass cullet waste and introduce it into the ceramic blends formulation during the production process, reducing firing temperatures and saving significant amounts of energy in this otherwise energy-intensive process.

In addition to reviewing the extent and impact of the energy saving and climate change mitigation actions taken, the conference will include a site visit so participants can see the innovative process pioneered by LIFE SANITSER.

For more information on the final project conference, visit the project website. Those interested in participating can contact Ms Daniela Tabacchi at:

Sustainable forest management conference

21-22 March 2017, Sopron, Hungary


The LIFEinFORESTS (LIFE13 INF/HU/001163) project is holding a conference on 21-22 March 2017 at the University of Sopron in Hungary. The event will focus on the sharing of experience regarding sustainable forest management including the management of species and habitats of Community interest and the social aspects of Natura 2000 network sites.

Experts from Hungary and elsewhere in Europe will present their latest results and sustainable forest management practices. The event will include complementary study trips in the field and a poster exhibition. More than 200 attendees are expected.

A final list of the speakers and further details of the conference programme is to be published on the LIFE project’s website.
LIFEinFORESTS was set up to improve communication, cooperation and capacity building to preserve biodiversity in Natura 2000 network  forest sites. It is developing a set of tools to support active communication and cooperation among key stakeholders in the management of such sites. The overarching aim is to create a common viewpoint for the implementation of the Natura 2000 objectives. The project is being coordinated by WWF World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation.

LIFE VIMINE workshop about the Venice lagoon

25 March 2017, Burano, Italy

Photo:LIFE12 NAT/IT/001122

The LIFE VIMINE (LIFE12 NAT/IT/001122) project is organising a workshop on the protection of the Venice lagoon that will take place in Burano, Italy on 25 March 2017.

The environmental management of the Venice lagoon - understand the past to plan the future workshop will focus on the different methods used to manage the lagoon's ecosystems. It aims to identify what lessons can be drawn from past practices in a bid to improve future governance and make it more sustainable.

The workshop will be divided in two parts. During the first part Venice specialists will discuss issues such as biodiversity, tourism in the north lagoon, issues linked to the current management methods and ideas for the future. After the coffee break, participants will be taken on a boat trip to the project area (Laghi wetland). The boat trip will be followed by a debate on the issues discussed in the first session.

The entire Venice lagoon is suffering from erosion, often caused by manmade developments, such as waves caused by motorboats or the altered lagoon hydrodynamics resulting from the excavation of deep channels for large ships. Effective actions to protect the salt marshes are urgently needed.

The LIFE VIMINE project aims to demonstrate an integrated approach to the conservation of interior salt marshes based on prevention through routine, temporally-continuous and spatially-diffuse actions of monitoring and maintenance, as opposed to one-off protection actions. The regular identification and repair of numerous eroded spots on salt marsh boundaries is being carried out to stop erosion before it becomes irreversible.

Participation is free of charge but reservation is required for the boat trip. To reserve, email by 17 March 2017.

For more about the work of LIFE VIMINE see the project website.

Final conference for LIFE PRIME GLASS

30 March 2017, Rapallo, Italy

Photo:LIFE 12 ENV/IT/1020

The LIFE Environment project LIFE PRIME GLASS (LIFE 12 ENV/IT/1020) will organise its final conference in Rapallo, Genoa (Italy) on 30 March 2017. The project will share the results of its work to develop best available techniques for the container glass sector, which accounts for almost two thirds of glass production in Europe and approximately 20 million tonnes of product annually.

The aim of LIFE PRIME GLASS was to test and implement innovative technologies to significantly improve the environmental impact of the glass industry, specifically by cutting nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and energy consumption in the combustion stage of the production process.

The conference, which will have English-Italian simultaneous translation, will give participants an overview of the project as well as an in-depth look at the technological processes developed to save energy and better monitor the furnace stage of the production process.

Participation is free but attendees must confirm with by 20 March 2017.

The event agenda and more information about the project can be found in the project website.

Conference on results-based payments for biodiversity in agriculture

30 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium


The European Commission conference on Results Based Agri-environmental Payment Schemes (RBAPS) for biodiversity achievements in agriculture takes place at the European Economic and Social Committee, 2 rue Van Maerlant, Brussels (Belgium).

The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 showed a continuing decline of biodiversity in agricultural areas and concluded that greater efforts are needed to reverse the negative trend. Agri-environment-climate measures (AEC), one of the main instruments supporting biodiversity under the Common Agricultural Policy, are mainly delivered through a management-based payment mode. A results-based approach has been recognised as a promising approach to potentially increase the effectiveness and efficiency of such measures for biodiversity.

With the financial support from the European Parliament, the European Commission launched three pilot on-farm projects (Romania, Ireland/Spain, England) on results-based payment schemes for the enhancement of biodiversity. The aim is to provide better understanding of the key aspects of such schemes (design, implementation, monitoring, cost-effectiveness), demonstrate their effectiveness and explore the potential for their use in the Common Agricultural Policy.

This conference will share the first outputs of the projects and facilitate discussions among a broad range of experts, policymakers, implementing authorities and stakeholders. Participants will be invited to discuss the potential of the results-based approach for the delivery of biodiversity benefits in agriculture and how that potential could be better utilised, particularly in the context of post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy debate.

For more information about the conference contact Fabian Clement.

The development of the RBAPS is being influenced by the LIFE programme, such as the work carried out by the Irish BurrenLIFE (LIFE04 NAT/IE/000125) project, which developed a new model for sustainable agriculture in the Burren to conserve the region’s priority habitats. Burren LIFE used a farmer-centred approach teamed with results-based payments to encourage farmers to deliver the greatest environmental benefits possible.

The AranLIFE (LIFE12 NAT/IE/000995) project, a four year demonstration project on the Aran Islands (Ireland), seeking to develop best conservation practices of local farmers on designated Natura 2000 network sites, is also lending its expertise on farming for biodiversity to the RBAPS project. Both Irish projects are partners of the RBAPS project.

For more information on results-based payments for biodiversity click here.


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