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  • The economic benefits of the ecosystem services provided by constructed wetlands far outweigh the costs of maintaining them, new research has confirmed. Analysis of a wetland that treats the third largest lake in Florida, US, shows that it provides ecosystem services worth $1.79 (€1.64) million per year, against costs of less than half that figure.
  • Protected areas that allow local people to use the resources in a sustainable way are better for biodiversity conservation than excluding people entirely, a new study suggests. In a review of over 160 scientific studies, the researchers found that protected areas which were managed to allow sustainable access yielded greater socioeconomic benefits. Importantly, those with greater socioeconomic benefits were also more likely to report biodiversity benefits.
  • Green spaces like urban parks can counteract the loss of plant and animal species caused by urbanisation. For many city dwellers, parks provide most of their experiences of natural spaces. Researchers have compared different methods of park management in Paris and Berlin and assessed how they influence citizens' attitudes towards nature.
  • Il est prévu que le premier appel à projets soit lancé le 21 septembre 2015, la date de fin de la première phase étant fixée au 6 novembre.
  • A new NASA study shows that trees and plant-life are essential to keeping our cities cool and not just because they’re nice to sit under on a sunny day.
  • The EU Commission is currently consulting on the EU’s Nature Directives, as part of a REFIT check. Our natural world provides for many benefits to health and well-being, so it is crucial that protection efforts are strengthened and laws upheld, not weakened.
  • A new report and EU Green Week session look at ways to involve more private landowners in nature conservation.
  • The death of an elderly, caused by the aggression of a suida, near Cefalu, within the Regional Park Madonie (Italy), has revived over the summer the issue of control and containment of these animals, which in some areas are undoubtedly supernumerary.
  • The "Call for papers" of the International Symposium is now open!
  • Eurosite, in collaboration with xct and Clive Hurford, is organising a workshop on 'Natura 2000 Monitoring: Integrating conservation management and monitoring'. The workshop will consist of 3 sessions: the roles of new technologies in informing site managers, species monitoring projects: examples of good practice, habitat monitoring projects: examples of good practice. On the second day there will also be a field trip to discuss the challanges for monitoring and management with the managers of a local nature reserve.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the International Year of Soils 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.


  • The next biodivERsA call, cofunded by the European Commission will cover the two following themes:
    Theme #1: Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services
    Theme #2: Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services
    The call is planned to be launched in May 2015, with a closing date in early November 2015.
  • Experts say green space in urban areas is important to the physical and mental health of residents, but what's the best approach to city design: a large, continuous green space like New York City's Central Park or a series of smaller green spaces throughout the urban expanse? A study suggests the larger green space approach, called land-sparing, is best, but not all cities can accommodate large green areas. The Conversation (U.S.)