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  • Urban Agriculture Europe by Frank Lohrberg / Lilli Licka / Lionella Scazzosi / Axel Timpe (eds.) is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about urban agriculture in Europe.

  • The 5th LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum, Landscape: From Natural to Cultural will be held on 16th – 20th of March 2016 at the premises of the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort in Pafos, Cyprus and is kindly hosted by Neapolis University of Pafos.

  • "Sustainable Forestry" is a new thematic exchange launched after observing that there were no existing networks promoting exchanges on sustainable forestry for practices done by civil society. The 1st workshop in a series of 4 will take place in Milverton, Somerset, UK from 17-20 March 2016.

  • There's more to green spaces than parks, and there's more to parks than being pretty. In addition to boosting public health, our cities' leafy infrastructure can generate income for the community and help to mitigate the impact of climate change, for example. The Green Surge project is breaking new ground for the management of this crucial resource.

  • Exposure to green space can heighten learning and attention among students, according to Bill Sullivan of the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture. He cited studies that showed students performed better in classrooms that offered views of green space.

  • The final conference of the BioEUParks project titled “Solid biomass in European Protected Areas: Sustainable supply chain models” will be held on the 3rd of March and will be hosted by the Committe of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels. REGISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE IS MANDATORY. Deadline = 27th February 2016.

  • European Workshop on Control and Eradication of Invasive Alien Plant Species on 19 - 21 April 2016 (including field programme) in Budapest, Hungary.

  • This new publication from the LIFE programme, the EU's fund for the environment and climate action, highlights the achievements and value for money of the most outstanding Environment projects completed before the end of 2014.

  • This new publication from the LIFE programme, the EU's fund for the environment and climate action, highlights the achievements and value for money of the most outstanding Nature, Biodiversity and Information and Communication projects with a nature focus that were completed before the end of last year.
  • EU-funded project ESMERALDA is developing ways to assess Europe's biodiverse ecosystems and their many contributions to society and the economy.

  • ATEN, pôle de ressources & compétences pour la nature organise la formation Elaboration et mise en oeuvre de la Trame verte et bleue en milieu urbain et périurbain. 22 au 24 mars à Montpellier.

  • Every January 26th is celebrated the World Environmental Education Day. This has its origin date from 1972 with the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden, (June 1972).

  • A new opportunity for submitting project proposals will come with the opening of the second call in April 2016. This call will again be open to all programme priorities and specific objectives but organised in a single-step procedure. All call-related documents will be published on our website with the launch of the call.

  • LIFE and Climate change adaptation features a foreword by Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. In it he spells out the importance of taking an integrated approach to climate adaptation, enabling it to be mainstreamed into all relevant sectors.

  • “INTERREG Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” is a new cooperation Programme, deriving from both the strong will of the “BalkanMed” participating countries to promote cooperation in the area and the split of the “South East Europe 2007-2013".

  • allGreenup is the first application that helps you measure your environmental impact and rewards you for looking after the planet.

  • Cities are experimenting with introducing more animals into their environments. These creatures will not only help repopulate cities with nature, but in many cases they’re working alongside humans to help transform the landscape into a healthier, more beautiful urban wilderness.

  • Soil erosion is an important issue in Europe, with consequences for water quality, ecosystem services supply and crop production. The areas with the highest rates of soil loss include the Mediterranean and Alpine regions of Slovenia and western Austria, due to high intensity rainfall and steep landscapes.

  • Dentro de las I Jornadas Federación Intervegas que tuvieron lugar el 14 y 15 de noviembre en Granada, se ha suscrito un pacto en defensa de la soberanía alimentaria, la educación ambiental y la sostenibilidad de los Territorios Agrarios Históricos. Este pacto ha sido firmado por colectivos procedentes de numerosas regiones españolas.

  • The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual Conference, “Bridging the Gap”, in 11 – 14 September 2016 in Rapperswil (Switzerland). The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2016.

  • 2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

  • What do you know of 'ecosystem services'? Do you feel it is a valuable concept? How should it be used and communicated? The main goal of the questionnaire is to investigate perceptions of ecosystem services.

  • In the densely populated Amsterdam metropolitan area new islands will appear. In one of the largest freshwater lakes in western Europe these 'Marker Wadden' will form a unique ecosystem that will boost biodiversity.

  • Local and regional parks and recreation activities were worth nearly $140 billion to the economy in 2013, according to a study by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University.

  • Tacoma, Wash., plans to create a 30% tree canopy by 2030 because studies have shown the benefits of trees to urban areas. Effective canopies can reduce heat, improve a business district's economic fortunes and encourage walking.
  • An environment rich in trees, gardens and landscapes could help people heal more quickly and reduce the need for medication while they are in the hospital, according to health experts in Canada.

  • The FP7 project Sustaffor (Bridging effectiveness and sustainability in afforestation / reforestation in a climate change context: new technologies for improving soil features and plant performance) came to an end last December.

  • ForMaP TRAINING SCHOOL and PhD COURSEAnalysis of genetic structure within and among populations with focus on marginal populations of woody species”: 18 January 2016 – 22 January 2016. Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM): Applications will be accepted until end of February 2016 and evaluated case by case. Missions must be concluded by March 31, 2016.

  • EU-funded researchers have adapted two biodegradable plastics made from crop waste for use as food packaging, laying the groundwork for Europe to become a global leader in the sector.

  • The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day”. Promoting mountain products is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day.

  • Healthy soils are crucial for ensuring the continued growth of natural and managed vegetation, providing feed, fibre, fuel, medicinal products and other ecosystem services such as climate regulation and oxygen production.

  • FAO and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD have joined efforts to prepare this discussion paper on sustainable financing for Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR). It provides an overview of existing funding sources and financial instruments that could be used and adapted specifically for the implementation of FLR efforts at the national, regional and global levels.

  • 'EMoNFUr' (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000399) has clearly demonstrated this effect by monitoring urban and peri-urban forests in Lombardy, Italy, and the Osrednjeslovenska region of Slovenia.

  • Urban areas have a variety of environmental challenges, ranging from pollution to the effects of climate change. Nature-based solutions can provide an effective way to tackle these issues, whilst also generating social and economic benefits.

  • A range of LIFE projects are using nature-based solutions to 'green' urban areas, restoring or improving the ecosystem services they provide, and helping to adapt to climate change and increase urban resilience to its effects.

  • iNaturalist is an app in which you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.

  • The first internationally coordinated waterbird count was organised in January 1967. Now entering its 50th year, the International Waterbird Census (IWC) has become a vital source of information for the conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds around the world.

  • “The Economic benefits of the Natura 2000 Network”report provides a first evaluation of the multiple benefits of the Natura 2000 network to society and the economy at the local, regional, national and EU level.

  • Living near to green spaces may reduce likelihood of death due to any cause, and especially due to cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. The review is the first to systematically evaluate the evidence linking green spaces to risk of death.

  • Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology.

  • Tree-Nation is the planting community united against climate change. Planters, companies and world citizens team-up on Tree-Nation to develop high standards reforestation projects in order to fight climate change, deforestation and help local economies.
  • A view of grassy landscapes from classrooms may help high-school students do better academically, according to a study published in Landscape and Urban Planning. The study only found an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship.
  • Giornate internazionali di studio sul paesaggio 2016, dodicesima edizione. giovedì 18 e venerdì 19 febbraio

  • Australia is planning to promote the spread of "urban canopies" in major cities over the next 35 years following concerns that a lack of tree cover has led to rising temperatures. The federal government plans to introduce decade-by-decade tree- cover goals as part of a "greenspace" scheme modelled on initiatives in New York and Singapore.
  • The Interreg V B Adriatic Ionian – ADRION Programme informs you that the first call for proposals is open as from 1 February 2016 to 25 March 2016 (h: 17:00 CET).

  • The Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB-ES) is seeking a host and venue for its 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology in 2018. Please find the details in the announcement.
  • The workshop will be held at Parc naturel régional du Luberon, France, from 9 to 11 May 2016 and will address current issues in Mediterranean forest management. It will in particular focus on integrated management approaches, benefiting both forestry and nature conservation.
  • An application for smartphones and tablets, ForestLife app is intended to constitute an innovative means of communication and information about Greek forests on multiple levels.

  • ForestLife project comes as a response to the lag of the Greek forest community to disseminate, assess and adopt new knowledge and experience on forest management issues and threats to the Greek forests related to the conservation of forest habitat types.

  • According to psychologist David Strayer three days in the wilderness can help destress the brain improving mental performance.