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  • Habitat III Barcelona side event: Large green spaces, key public infrastructure for resilient, healthy and sustainable cities

    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).

  • An indicative planning for the LIFE call 2016 is now available. Applicants busy designing a potential new LIFE project now have a rough guide to the expected deadlines and submission routes. In addition, the total budget allocations for project types and subprogrammes are detailed.

  • The Interreg Europe monitoring committee has approved the terms of reference for the second call for project proposals. The call is open from 5 April, and it will close on 13 May.

  • New research aimed to identify the factors that lead to the success of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. The study analysed 40 different schemes in Latin America to identify factors related to success. The researchers identified four such factors, which could inform policy and aid decision makers in designing PES initiatives with increased chances of success.

  • Date: Thursday, March 03, 2016, Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. There's a new treatment in town-one that prescribes parks and the outdoors to get people healthy and active. Park prescriptions is a community health initiative in which healthcare providers prescribe time in parks to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote wellness.

  • Call for evidence for new study on Ecosystem Restoration

    Establishing and managing Natura 2000 sites often requires enhancing the structure and function of degraded ecosystems, and therefore delivers ecosystem restoration! The 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.

  • Invasive alien species in Europe: new framework shows scale and impact is increasing

    Invasive alien species pose a threat to biodiversity, human health and the economy. This study describes six alien species indicators for Europe, showing that the scale and impact of biological invasions are increasing across all indicators. The societal response has also increased in recent years. The researchers say their framework could serve as a basis for monitoring the efficacy of recent EU legislation.

  • Green Roofs on City Buses

    PhytoKinetic is a project by the designer Marc Grañén, which aims to energize drab public buses with vibrant, gardened roofs and contribute to the improvement of the urban ecosystem.

  • Book: Creating a healing hospital

    Sustainable development and the preservation of biodiversity are important components of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s environmental philosophy. Vast areas of KTPH have been earmarked for landscaping and planting to encourage the creation of habitats and a healthy environmental ecosystem.

  • Psychological benefits of greenspace increase with biodiversity

    While the effects of ‘green’ environments are increasingly well understood, little is known about the importance of variation in the quality of greenspace for benefits to human well-being. The “Psychological benefits of greenspace increase with biodiversity” study shows that the psychological benefits gained by greenspace users increase with levels of species richness, and moreover those visitors to urban greenspaces can perceive differences in the species richness of some well-known higher taxa.

  • The economics of biophilia: why designing with nature in mind makes financial sense

    In The Economics of Biophilia, are shown several examples of small investments involving very low or no up-front cost, such as providing employees access to plants, natural views, daylight, and other biophilic design elements.

  • Identify and test innovative solutions for sustainable urban development
    Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Commission that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Based on article 8 of ERDF, the Initiative has a total ERDF budget of EUR 372 million for 2014-2020.
  • Le Cinque Terre si blindano. Ciò che agli occhi dei più può sembrare un paradosso mirato ad intaccare una risorsa fondamentale come il turismo è, per le Cinque Terre, una misura necessaria. La selvaggia invasione dei turisti, che ammontano a 2,5 milioni ogni anno, ha spinto gli abitanti a indire una petizione online per l'introduzione del numero chiuso sulla via dell'Amore e altri sentieri.
  • This year's Green Week will take place in Brussels on 30 May - 3 June. The theme for this year's Green Week is "Investing for a greener future". Do you want to become part of Green Week 2016? Organise a ‘Green Week 2016 partner event in Europe’, and benefit from the EU official support and branding!


  • Cities are complex ecosystems where environmental factors can be influenced by politics and socioeconomics, according to experts discussing urban ecology at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • WaterWorks2015 calls for proposals on  "Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors". Opening date - 16 February 2016. 1st Stage - Deadline for Submission of pre-proposals: 19 April 2016, 17h00 (CEST) / 2nd Stage - Deadline for Submission of full proposals: 15 September 2016, 17h00 (CEST)

  • EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks is the day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision makers and the wider public.

  • With the deployment of the new reform of the CAP in 2015, livestock farmers using High Nature Value pastures containing "too many" trees and shrubs are confronted with increased difficulties to receive the much needed EU support for their farming activities.

  • EFNCP has published new reports looking at the application of the new CAP to permanent pastures in six Member States: Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Ireland, Spain and UK. As highlighted in the European Parliament Wood Pastures Policy Seminar, the overall picture is that mainstream CAP instruments in Pillar 1 fail to address the main challenges faced by semi-natural or High Nature Value pastures, and even exacerbate the threat of abandonment or damaging actions by farmers in some situations.

  • A National Geographic report finds that reclaimed wastelands, centuries-old green spaces, and creative waterways offer quick escapes.

  • From the individual birdwatcher to the most groundbreaking of satellites - a team of EU-funded researchers is integrating observation data on nature and the environment to give a fuller picture than ever before of biodiversity in Europe.

  • Regular monitoring of lakes and rivers is essential for both good water quality and a healthy ecology. An EU-funded project has used satellite imagery to create high-resolution mapping services to help countries better manage their inland waters.

  • This publication on Landscape Planning at a Local Level in Europe - The cases of Germany, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Walloon Region in Belgium it is an essential document to be consulted by any interested party with a view to developing modern tools and instruments adapted to the characteristics of cities, regions and countries.

  • Interreg Europe's second call for project proposals is now open!

    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.

  • Interreg Europe: lead applicant webinars & National information days
    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.
  • LIFE+ program Project: Operation CO2

    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 European Commission has launched a public consultation in relation to a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). The main aim of PRIMA is to reinforce cooperation in Research and Innovation among Mediterranean countries, to better face the common challenges of sustainable food production and sustainable management of water resources in our region.

  • The organizers of the European Forum on Urban Forestry 2016 have decided to make the countdown to the conference more involving and interesting. This is why they are holding the#EFUF2016 blog competition!

  • There is still time! Submit your abstract to present your paper, research, professional experience or similar. The new deadline is the 2nd of April 2016.

  • The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report that provides an overview of the current condition of ecosystems in Europe and the human pressures they are exposed to. We depend on healthy and resilient ecosystems to continue to deliver services, such as food, water, clean air and stable climate, which are essential for our well-being.
  • This report brings together the insights and lessons from Rethinking Parks, a joint Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and Nesta programme to test new ways to fund public parks.

  • Tasting the Landscape, the title chosen for the 53rd International IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) Congress, calls for the interpretation of the landscape project as an expression of a greater consciousness of the transformation processes and as an opportunity to improve the places where populations carry out their life. April 20th -22nd 2016, Turin,Italy.

  • European Wilderness Society is delighted to share with you the first announcement and call for submissions for the International Symposium ON FOREST AREAS AND PERI-URBAN FORESTS “DYNAMICS AND CHALLENGES” will be held in Agadir, Morocco between 3-5 November, 2016.

  • The ERANET SUMFOREST has released a pre-announcement for a transnational call for research proposals under the theme:“Sustainable forests for the society of the future”. The call will open on 21 March 2016 and close on 17 June 2016.

  • Through the EU Urban Agenda, national governments, the European Commission, European institutions and other stakeholders will be working together for a sustainable, innovative and economically powerful Europe that offers a good quality of life.

  • Green infrastructure to control urban floods: a win-win for cities

    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.

  • Registration for the European Parks Academy (EPA) is open!

    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“.

  • Study on Ecological Restoration in Europe
    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.
  • Study:5' of viewing urban green space support recovery from stress as shown in enhanced parasympathetic activity

    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.

  • Apply for Research Funding: "Sustainable forests for the society of the future"

    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.

  • Beyond Wood, the multiple services provided by Europe's forests

    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.

  • Conference: Wild Forest Products in Europe

    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.