The 7th European Pond Conservation Network Workshop, the LIFE Charcos Seminar and the 12th Annual SWS European Chapter Meeting are being jointly organised by the LIFE Charcos (LIFE12 NAT/PT/000997) project, the EPCN (European Pond Conservation Network) and the SWS-EC (Society of Wetland Scientists, European Chapter). The set of integrated international events will take place at University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal in 1-6 May 2017.
The LIFE Charcos Seminar and the 7th EPCN Workshop are themed around ponds in a changing world. The events will boost the exchange of knowledge and experience among the various specialists in the area of wetland conservation in general and of temporary ponds in particular.
Special emphasis will be given to four subjects:
- ecosystem functioning and services;
- organisms, from populations to communities;
- challenges in pond conservation and management; and
- LIFE projects (and others) dedicated to the conservation of wetlands.
A field trip to Vila do Bispo and Sagres will be organised on 4 May 2017 to visit some Mediterranean Temporary Ponds (CTMs), which are targets of the LIFE Charcos Project (LIFE12 NAT/PT/000997).
Numerous CTMs can be found on the coastal plain of southwest Portugal. They are seasonal wetland habitats which are listed as a priority habitat for conservation in Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive due to their uniqueness and scientific value. Yet over the last two decades modern industrialised agriculture and tourism have caused a steep decline in the condition of this habitat. The aim of the LIFE Charcos project is therefore to enhance the conservation status of those temporary ponds.
All LIFE wetland conservation projects are invited to participate in the LIFE Charcos Seminar. This event will potentiate the exchange of experiences between LIFE projects and others that are in the field implementing actions of habitat management for the conservation of these wetlands, also looking for the transfer of knowledge to technicians, scientists and to the general public.
The Society of Wetland Scientists, European Chapter (SWS-EC) will hold its 12th Annual Meeting on 5-6 May 2017. The meeting will focus on novel approaches to water management, biodiversity conservation, restoration, pollution control and climate change.
The European Commission’s LIFE programme unit and the Baltic Environmental Forum are organising, with the support of the Neemo EEIG External Team, a LIFE platform meeting on ecosystem services. Entitled, Costing the Earth? - translating the ecosystem services concept into practical decision making, the event takes place in Tallinn from 10-12 May 2017, within the framework of the LIFE Viva Grass (LIFE13 ENV/LT/000189) project.
The meeting will bring together over fifty LIFE projects and other organisations, to provide a showcase of innovative approaches and techniques that are furthering understanding of ecosystem services. The plenary session on the first afternoon will include a keynote speech on the ecosystem services concept in the EU by Jakub Wejchert (DG Environment, Biodiversity Unit).
LIFE Viva Grass is aiming to improve land use and nature conservation policies for the long-term maintenance of biodiverse grasslands and the ecosystem services they provide. The project is achieving this by encouraging an ecosystem-based approach to planning and through economically-viable and multifunctional grassland management.
On the second day of the platform meeting there will be three concurrent breakout working groups (on defining/mapping, valuating, and applying ecosystem services in decision making) with short presentations from LIFE projects working in these areas. There will be a choice of three excursion options on the final day of the meeting to explore issues relating to ecosystems in rural and urban contexts in Estonia.
Registration for the platform meeting (including the booking of excursions) should be completed online by latest 31 March 2017. Further information can be found on the meeting website or by contacting Inga Racinska: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIFE MIPP (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252), a project that monitors saproxylic beetle populations (Osmoderma eremit, Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina and Morimus funereus) by enlisting volunteers to gather data on the population size and conservation status of insects, will hold its closing conference in the northern Italian city of Mantua (Mantova).
MIPP stands for monitoring of insects with public participation, and this final meeting, to be held on 24-26 May 2017, will focus on the monitoring of saproxylic beetles and other insects protected in the European Union.
The project’s aim is to follow the example of several European countries that have developed guidelines for the monitoring of insect species listed in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive.
LIFE MIPP has developed a protocol for monitoring the prevalence and habitats of five species of saproxylic beetles – those that depend on dead or dying wood.
The project has adopted a ‘citizen science’ approach to expanding the data available about the five target species, by encouraging walkers, naturalists and others living near the four Natura 2000 network sites included in the project to report what they find. A smartphone app has been developed to enable volunteers to submit information.
The project is also making innovative use of canine olfaction by deploying a trained dog to seek out the pheromones emitted by one of the target species, Osmoderma eremita, to develop a comprehensive map of the species’ distribution in the project area.
Participants wishing to register for the final workshop can do so here.
Applicants for new LIFE funding and, in particular, representatives of businesses, industry, NGOs, and local and regional authorities are invited to join the European Commission’s information and networking event on the 2017 LIFE funding opportunities.
Taking place on 31 May 2017 in Brussels, would-be participants should note that registration for the LIFE call 2017 information and networking event is on a first come, first serve basis.
At the information session participants will learn about opportunities for project funding under the 2017 call for proposals on close-to-market environmental solutions, biodiversity, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The networking session will give participants interested in applying for LIFE funding the chance to meet potential project partners and to seek advice from European Commission experts and National Contact Points in one-to-one meetings. Once registered to the LIFE side session, participants will be invited to upload their profile in a matchmaking tool and set up bilateral meetings.
According to indicative planning, the LIFE 2017 call is due to be published on the 28 April 2017. Similar to previous calls, application packages and supporting information will also be made available once the LIFE 2017 call is published.
The LIFE information and networking event takes place as part of EU Green Week 2017 – the focus of which is on how environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU.
The draft Agenda is available here.