Networking partners

oLIVE CLIMA (LIFE11 ENV/GR/942 oLIVE-CLIMA)

The oLIVECLIMA project- Introduction of new oLIVE crop management practices focused on CLIMAte change mitigation and adaptation, is an effort to guide the agricultural sector in order to face these challenges by converting olive cultivation to a climate change management tool.

Climate change mitigation:

a) by reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions

b) by increasing carbon dioxide capture

Adaptation to new climate conditions:

a) by increasing the fertility and water retention in olive groves soil

b) by strengthening the economic and environmental sustainability of production

http://www.oliveclima.eu/en/

Olivares Vivos (LIFE14 NAT/ES/001094)

LIFE Olive Alive- Olivares Vivos (LIFE14 NAT/ES/001094): Toward the design and certification of olive groves reconciled with biodiversity. It is a demonstration project of establishing and certifying a profitable olive growing model that is compatible with biodiversity preservation, positioning said productive model as a recognized added value, profitable in the olive market.

http://www.olivaresvivos.com/en/the-life-project/

Life Albufera (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000685)

The project Life Albufera: Integrated management of three constructed wetlands in compliance with Water Framework, Birds and Habitats Directives, aims at the conservation of three constructed wetlands in order to improve the water quality and to create favourable conditions in which birds and  habitats could prosper in the future.

According to the environmental objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), as well as the conservation objectives of the Special Protection Areas (SPA’s) for birds in sites of Community importance, water bodies included in Natura 2000 Network areas must be managed.

In L’Albufera of Valencia, a wetland with significant ecological value, different measures in accordance with the WFD have been implemented, aiming at the enhancement of water quality. The only measure that could directly improve habitats and bird conservation status according to the guidelines of the habitats and birds directives is the creation of artificial wetlands. As such, the project objectives aim at:

1. Establishing joint management rules for the three artificial wetlands in order to improve the water quality, the habitat status and the wetlands’s biodiversity, according to the targets of Water Framework Directive and Habitats and Birds Directives.

2. Proving that the joint management of the three artificial wetlands contributes to the enhancement of water quality and biodiversity in L’Albufera.

3. Creating a methodology in which indicators for birds’ favourable conservation status will be determined and could be used in other wetlands of the Natura 2000 Network.

4. Providing expertise to the competent authorities in order to motivate the elaboration of Management Plans and Hydrological Management Plans in Natura 2000 sites.

www.lifealbufera.org

LIFE Natura 2000 Value Crete project (LIFE13 INF/GR/000188)

The project LIFE Natura 2000 Value Crete: The ecological services, social benefits and economic value of the ecosystem services in Natura 2000 sites in Crete, aims to the design, development and implementation of an environmental awareness campaign targeted to specific stakeholders, but also to the broader local society of Crete, regarding the ecological, economic and social values of ecosystem services of the Natura 2000 network in Crete. The main objectives of the environmental communication actions are the following:

  1. Provide information about the ecological significance of the Natura 2000 sites for the conservation of biodiversity, the obligations that originate from the Natura 2000 Network in all human activities taking place in non-urban zones, as well as the funding opportunities for the development of “green” economy in rural areas.
  2. Change the attitude of local societies regarding protected areas, so that these areas will not continue to be considered as an inhibitory factor but as a motive for sustainable local development.
  3. Provide targeted audiences (tourism professionals, media employees, students) with the appropriate skills to engage in biodiversity preservation and value environmental sustainability as a significant opportunity for local development.

Finally, the project aims to provide guidance to other Natura 2000 site managers in Greece on how they can develop an information and communication strategy in other areas of Natura 2000 network. A special Communication Guide will be publicized regarding the ecological, social and economic value of ecosystem services in the Natura 2000 Network.

http://www.ecovalue-crete.eu/en

ORGANIKO LIFE+ (LIFE14 CCM/CY/000990)

The aim of the ORGANIKO LIFE+ project: Revamping organic farming and its products in the context of climate change mitigation strategies is to demonstrate the comparative advantages of organic versus conventional farming and their products, using indicators of mitigation efficiency to climate change, agronomic and environmental quality, and decreased children exposures to diet-based pesticides. The project’s actions involve:

  1. Mapping of all relevant stakeholders from producers to retailers.
  2. Assessment of consumer attitudes towards organic products using questionnaire surveys
  3. Model crops will be cultivated in three specific districts of the Republic of Cyprus, covering a wide geographic area. Both organically-grown and conventional apples and barley will be produced in order to allow their comparative assessment with respect to climate mitigation and agricultural performance characteristics. Organic products from these pilot farms will be qualitatively assessed using specific bioindicators and environmental metrics.
  4. Implementation of a health intervention study in children to showcase the reduced chemical (pesticides) body burden for those consuming an organic diet. Children will be alternatively fed with organic and conventional diets and a mixture of selected pesticides will be analyzed in children’s urine. Periodic monitoring of the performance of indicators will be conducted.
  5. Communication and outreach events in both Cyprus and Italy will diffuse project findings and provide international networking opportunities among interested stakeholders.

The duration of the ORGANIKO LIFE+ project is 4 years and it is coordinated by the Cyprus University of Technology jointly with three main partners: the Agricultural Research Institute, the Department of Environment in Cyprus and the Kyoto Club from Italy.

http://organikolife.com/

Lesser White-fronted Goose Life Project

The LIFE+ Nature Project “Safeguarding the Lesser White-fronted Goose Fennoscandian population in key wintering and staging sites within the European flyway” is coordinated by the Hellenic Ornithological Society, from 2011 to 2016. The main focus of the project is in wintering and staging grounds of the population in south-eastern Europe. The project is implementing the recommendations of the International Single Species Action Plan for the species, and it is a direct follow-up project of the previous LIFE project “Conservation of the LWfG on the European migration route” in 2005-2009.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • to reduce mortality rates which relate to hunting along the European flyway, considered to date as the most significant threat for the species
  • to provide suitable foraging and roosting habitats for the species in wintering and staging grounds
  • to increase knowledge and awareness of the species in wintering and staging grounds
  • to maximize international co-operation and networking in countries hosting key wintering/staging grounds along the European flyway of the species

In order to succeed in the conservation of the LWfG, efforts require a flyway approach. Thus, the project involves eight partner organizations from four European countries along the flyway. The multi-national and multi-institutional partnership plays a key role in the project. The project will undertake concrete actions in seven NATURA 2000 sites in Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary.

http://wwf.fi/en/lwfg/