No.01/08, February 2008

LIFE feature
LIFE in Europe's wetlands

LIFE and Europe's wetlands (photo: topic_LIFE02 NAT/GR/008494)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 vulnerable habitats.

LIFE projects
Restoring vital saltmarsh habitats in Italy

The 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.

Reducing light pollution in natural parks in Spain

Streetlamp design (picture: LIFE03 ENV/E/000118) 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.

Building environmental capacity through EMAS in Russia

logo EMASThe 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.


  NITRABAR Project partners from the UK, Poland, Belgium and Malta
Northern Ireland's First Minister commends NITRABAR Project
Bringing the Bogs Back to LIFE
Shakespearean launch for UK LIFE + Programme in Scotland
Encouraging results for Fennoscandian arctic fox project
LIFE on YouTube and Video Google
Ambitious LIFE project translocates its first Iberian Lynx
Slovakian Schools Competition Supports Great Bustard Conservation
Movie Premieres - LIFE's Best Environment Videos
LIFE+ Committee adopts project selection methodology for 2008-2013
LIFE Project Award Winners
Restoring Priority Woodland Habitats - Project launched in Ireland
3 new Communication factsheets

Forthcoming events

Funding Natura 2000 and other special sites in Wales - launch of LIFE+ in Wales, 4 March 2008

Wetland Management Conference in Sweden, 19-20 May 2008

Biodiversity and rural development, 19 ? 21 May 2008


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Membrane Bioreactors: Operation and Results of an MBR Wastewater Treatment Plant

Conservation des populations francaises des vipères d'Orsini

New LIFE project summaries & videos

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