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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • This Flash Eurobarometer, “Quality of life in European cities” (No 419), was conducted at the request of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy to get a snapshot of people’s opinions on a range of urban issues. Earlier surveys were conducted in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

  • 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).

  • Western lifestyle is associated with high prevalence of allergy, asthma and other chronic inflammatory disorders. To explain this association, it is tested the 'biodiversity hypothesis', which posits that reduced contact of children with environmental biodiversity, including environmental microbiota in natural habitats, has adverse consequences on the assembly of human commensal microbiota and its contribution to immune tolerance.

  • In March, URBACT will launch a new call for the creation of Implementation Networks. A launch event will take place in Brussels on 23 March 2016 from 03.00 pm to 06.30 pm, at the Conference Centre Albert Borschette.

  • Forest Therapy, also called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, is a rapidly-growing, research-based way of supporting health, happiness, and well-being. The Association develops and disseminates techniques of forest therapy. The main emphasis is on training, certifying, and supporting Forest Therapy Guides worldwide.

  • Greenbelt policies in Germany, used to curb urban sprawl, are effective in protecting open spaces and the valuable natural resources they cover, a new study has found. Nevertheless, urban development can ‘leapfrog’ greenbelts, hopping over them into areas with less restrictive planning policies. Researchers recommend that such areas are also included in urban development control plans.

  • The preferred habitats of wetland bird species - including 12 that are endangered - have been identified by a new study. From conducting counts at 137 sites across Sweden, it was found that total species richness was highest in sites that had a tendency to flood; wet grassland areas that were grazed as opposed to mowed; and sites that were far from areas of woodland. The authors suggest this research could help determine the most suitable locations for future wetland conservation projects.

  • Human activity is transforming natural systems and endangering the ecosystem services they provide, which has consequences for human health. This study quantified the human health impact of losses to pollination, providing the first global analysis of its kind. The researchers say pollinator declines could increase the global disease burden and recommend increased monitoring of pollinators in at-risk regions, including Eastern and Central Europe.

  • 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 Slovenian Forestry Institute, the City of Ljubljana (the European Green Capital 2016) and the Slovenia Forest Service, are hosting the 19th European Forum on Urban Forestry conference with a lead theme “Urban Forests for European resilient cities”. The Forum will take place in Ljubljana and Celje, Slovenia, between the 31st May 2016 and the 4th June 2016.

  • Pénélope Komitès, advisor to the Mayor, has announced a call for projects calling on all gardeners, landscape designers, urban farmers, entrepreneurs, startups, civil society, architects, and artists from around the world, to become «Paris-culteurs ».

  • The general public doesn't fully understand the benefits of being in nature, according to “Nature Doesn’t Pay My Bills: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Urban Nature and Health” report. The report compared the views of nature held by experts with those of the public.

  • 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.