in Europe's wetlands
World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2nd February, has,
since 1997, provided opportunities to raise public awareness of the
importance of wetland ecosystems, which sustain some of Europe?s
most important bird, amphibian, invertebrate and plant species
during key stages in their life-cycle. This month's LIFEnews
celebrates World Wetlands Day by highlighting some of the exciting
LIFE projects that have worked to conserve or restore these
vital saltmarsh habitats in Italy
recently closed LIFE-Nature project 'Conservation of cetaceans and
turtles in Andalusia and Murcia' developed a management plan for
marine habitats off Spain using an innovative approach to engage
stakeholders in the process.
light pollution in natural parks in Spain
The ECOLIGHT project
demonstrated that reducing light pollution in nature parks to
benefit local habitats and fauna and to reduce energy consumption
can still be compatible with human lighting needs.
environmental capacity through EMAS in Russia
The Russian LIFE project MEEMAS used an
eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) to build the capacity
necessary to develop a holistic approach to environmental
policy-making in Kaliningrad and tackle the environmental threats
generated by rapid economic growth.