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  • The American Veterinary Medical Association has joined the Step It Up! effort backed by the National Park Service and the Surgeon General's Office to promote walking, pointing to the health benefits for humans and their four-legged companions.

  • Biodiversity scenarios are a useful tool to help policymakers predict how flora and fauna will likely respond to future environmental conditions. Although changes to land use are a major driver of biodiversity loss, scenarios focus overwhelmingly on climate change, a new study shows. The researchers say this imbalance makes scenarios less credible, and make recommendations for developing more plausible projections.

  • Eradication of invasive mammal species is a strategy used to help conserve biodiversity on islands and restore populations of native species. Researchers have now assessed the success of this strategy globally, highlighting the importance of controlling invasive species to protect biodiversity on islands and achieve global conservation targets.

  • Voluntary non-monetary conservation — where citizens implement actions without a financial incentive — is an emerging approach to biodiversity protection that could be applied in many countries and environments, a new study shows. This study makes recommendations for actions, such as being simple and affordable, and calls for conservation scientists to recognise their value as a complementary tool alongside traditional market-based and coercive approaches, such as payment for ecosystem services and national parks.

  • The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term. Addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require adjustments to forest policies and changes to forest management plans and practices.

  • Join the biggest event of European Protected Areas! EUROPARC Conference 2016 is host and organised by the Parc Jura vaudois. Under the theme “We are Parks”, the Conference will take place from 18 to 22 October 2016 in the Vallée de Joux and will bring together over 400 delegates from 36 European countries.

  • Barcelona, 1-3 February 2017 at the University of Barcelona, Spain. The aim of this conference is to identify the opportunities and constraints of use fire as a land management tool, from an environmental, social and economic perspectives and share the most novel research and technical expertise carried out in different scenarios around the world.

  • The final conference of the project StarTree (StarTree is a pan-European project to support the sustainable exploitation of forest resources for rural development) will take place from 13 to 14 October in Barcelona, Spain. This conference aims at exchanging new knowledge on wild forest products presenting novel approaches and scientific advancements in the field of wild forest products from forest management, production of wild products towards processing and marketing.

  • The Conference about "Green Infrastructure: Nature Based Solutions For Sustainable And Resilient Cities" will be held on 4-7 April 2017 in Orvieto, Italy. The main objective of the Conference is to show how a trans-disciplinary approach to urban Planning based on Green Infrastructure as Nature Based Solutions will enable maximization Ecosystem Services provision making future cities more resilient and sustainable.

  • The World Urban Parks Applied Research Working Group is seeking input from managers of urban parks, green infrastructure and urban forestry with this 10-15 minute survey. This survey aims to better understand the actual background and knowledge needs, but also collaboration needs of managers of Urban Parks, Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry, with the scientific community.

  • The WWF European Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium is looking for a full time Senior Policy Officer, Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems who will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the WWF policy strategy which aims at advocating for a sustainable food policy in Europe and will be actively engaging in the upcoming reform of the Common European Agriculture Policy (CAP). Deadline for applications: 29 July 2016.

  • The registration page for applicants of the 2019 European Green Capital and 2018 European Green Leaf Awards invite you to check whether your city is eligible for the awards, and to which scheme you may apply. Both awards schemes are open to EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Time limit for receipt of applications (both awards): 3 November 2016.

  • Bird Flyway is an ecotourism project covering a network of European wetlands that have at least two elements in common: they have a visitor centre and they are located on the migration route of two well-known bird species: the goose and the osprey. Following these birds on their migratory paths across Europe, travellers are in direct contact with nature.

  • The 20th European Forum on Urban Forestry, entitled Urban Forest Boundaries, Within, between and beyond the city, will be held in Barcelona during May 31st - June 2nd of 2017. Reserve the dates already now!

  • Join the EFIMED Week 2016 this autumn (7-9 November) in Calabria, southern Italy. This year´s event is titled: Smart Mediterranean Forestry, bioeconomy and social integration. With the help of scientists, practitioners and civil society it will be explored how Mediterranean forests could better contribute to the creation of livelihoods, jobs and social opportunities for marginalised groups, while also helping address other key challenges.

  • The 'Helping nature to help us' conference focuses on the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. This conference will be held from 19 to 23 of September, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium and aims to link science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital.

  • “Embracing Estuaries – Management of Natura 2000 sites in Estuaries and Sea Ports”, a two-day workshop taking place on 15 and 16 September 2016, in Hamburg, Germany will be a vital part of the Biogeographical Process of the Atlantic Region. The workshop’s main goal is to encourage dialogue between scientists, practitioners and policymakers, and to encourage their collaboration on the challenges of managing Natura 2000 sites and implementing management plans in estuaries and sea ports.