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  • FEDENATUR, World Urban Parks, WWF and FAO will hold a side event entitled “Large green spaces, key public infrastructure for resilient, healthy and sustainable citiesin the framework of the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Public Spaces (Barcelona, 4-5 April, 2016). The side event will take place on Monday, 4 April 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30h, Sant Jordi Room at the Historic Building of the University of Barcelona (Seminary).

  • Urban Biosphere Initiative – URBIS invites you for an online dialogue on: The benefits of protected areas for urban citizens: Overcoming the ‘urban versus nature’ divide on Thursday 12 May from 16h00 – 17h15 (CET). This webinar will give participants an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences in relation to the benefits of protected areas for urban areas.

  • The Sourcebook showcases national and regional opportunities for enhancing cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions, with the ultimate aim of strengthening their implementation.

  • The National Park Service's Park Prescription Day is an "opportunity for parks of all shapes and sizes to lead the way to greater public health," writes Jad Daley of the Trust for Public Land. The premise of this movement is that the city park down your street might hold the key to your health and national well-being.

  • People must co-exist with wildlife in urban green spaces. Urban parks and green spaces are popular for humans and wildlife and this may present difficulties. Experts say parks and cities must keep wildlife habitats in mind when designing and regulating space.

  • This study follows on from the initial ‘Greening Dementia’ report, and seeks to gather insights and information directly from people living with dementia and their carers about engaging with the natural environment.

  • Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress. One company is trying to measure exactly how much urban trees are worth. But some things defy calculation.

  • Representatives from science, business and public administration are invited to join the 2016 GEO Workshop for European projects on earth observation from 31 May to 2 June in Berlin. Register now!

  • In a world that is increasingly urban, we often overlook the importance of city parks as critical pieces of urban infrastructure. When hard-pressed city officials are balancing the demands of public safety, education, transportation, water, sanitation and homeless services with parks, it is easy to see why parks are often seen as a residual budget category.

  • The IUCN European Regional Office is pleased to invite you to the European Green Week event Making money through landscape restoration, How nature-based solutions can make the countryside thrive facilitated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at Belgian Science Policy Office in Brussels.

  • While urban green spaces were traditionally developed and managed by authorities in most of the 20th century, a research by Thomas Mattijssen, research fellow at the Wageningen Universityand, highlights a stronger involvement of citizens in recent times.

  • This large Conference to be held in Orvieto, Italy, from 4th to 7th April 2017, will be a strategic event for the H2020 priority topic of the Nature Based Solutions and will bring together different communities besides to the GreenInUrbs one. Both DG Research and DG Environment of EC will be present at the event.

  • To keep Europe’s ecosystems healthy, we need to protect biodiversity. How can the ecosystem service approach help? And how can we capture people’s more deeply held values beyond mere money? Watch the short film about the different tools in the ecosystem services toolbox: or read the In-Depth Report on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity.

  • The online application system for creating and submitting an Interreg Europe project application is available, as of 5 April until 13 May 2016 at midday. It can be found at www.iolf.eu. Applicants need to create an account, or login with an existing account, before being able to create their application.

  • If you are preparing an application, and you haven't attended a lead applicant workshop, then join one or all of the upcoming sessions. Held from 12-15 April, 10-11am CET. Also, attend Interreg Europe information seminars in April in Slovenia, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Austria and Northern Ireland.
  • This international forum, to be held at the Science Museum of Valladolid capital on 22 and 23 June, aims to be a meeting-point for researchers, urban managers and technicians to discuss recent advances in the field of efficiency on planting techniques for degraded urban areas and Mediterranean climate. It is also a forum for sharing knowledge about technical projects, policy initiatives and social participation around urban forests.

  • This study shows that since 1982, Earth has become greener in an area covering 36 million km2, close to two times the size of the United States. Above all, this seems to be the result of a fertilizing effect of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) on plants. The study was carried out with satellite images which can capture this increase in terrestrial leaf area.

  • The 10th Congress for Environmental Education will take place on 23 June in Baden-Württemberg aiming to deepen the information exchange and the discussion in the fields on environmental and sustainability education. The detail program will be available in the mid of May.

  • The 2016 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual occasion to debate and discuss European environment policy, will take place from Monday, 30 May to Friday, 3 June in Brussels. It will focus on the theme "Investing for a greener future".

  • The "Operation CO2" project is part of the European Union's LIFE+ program. Its main objective is to demonstrate the viability of forestry and agroforestry projects on carbon sequestration in Europe. Although not yet developed in Europe, these projects could contribute significantly to the fight against climate change.

  • The abundance of greenery is a striking feature, with parks, green roofs, street side plants, and trees on every corner in the cities. But green spaces are not there just to please the eye and create livable public areas — they also help mitigate the risk of flooding, improve quality of life & boost the economy.

  • European Parks Academy in Klagenfurt, Austria, is a unique opportunity to learn more about burning issues, emerging trends as well as new approaches and technologies in protected areas. In summer 2016 participants will work and discuss with renowned international experts in the course of two one week modules on „Effective Financial Management of Protected Areas“ and „New Challenges in the Governance of Protected Areas“.

  • The EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 foresees (Target 2) that restoration of 15% of degraded ecosystems will play a significant role in the achievement of the headline target of stopping biodiversity loss. In order to provide the assistance to Member States in achieving their restoration targets, this study aims to give the Commission a better understanding of what is happening in relation to restoration activities in different member states, sectors, and habitats across the EU.
  • This study indicates that five minutes of viewing urban green space can support recovery from stress as shown in enhanced parasympathetic activity. In particular, the present findings point to the importance of visual access to green space in providing readily available micro-restorative opportunities.

  • The FP7 ERA-NET Sumforest invites to submit relevant research proposals in the call for transnational collaborative research projects. The call opens on the 21st March 2016 with a closing date for proposals on the 17th June 2016.

  • Policy conference in Brussels, Monday 23 May 2016. Do you know the many services which Europe's forest ecosystems deliver to us? Are you working to ensure that the prosperity and benefits provided by forests to citizens will continue for the future? Then this event is for you-to meet key players in the field, get new insights, follow the debates, and have your say on what needs to be done and how the EU can help.

  • This conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on 13–14 October 2016 and will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the opportunities and limitations of current and possible future approaches to wild forest products.