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The LIFE Programme call 2016 was closed on 15th of September

The last LIFE Programme call, launched the last spring, was recently closed. Many public officers, practitioners and researchers have designed hundreds of project proposals, with significant effort. The total budget for project action grants for this call is €337 536 184. Of this amount, €273 936 184 has been allocated to the sub-programme for environment and €63 600 000 has been allocated to the sub-programme for climate action. At least 55% of the environment allocation will be dedicated to projects supporting

The Antwerp Declaration on Ecosystem Services

The Antwerp Declaration on Ecosystem Services was launched during the European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016. The declaration, with the scope to deliver societal impact, is based on 3 pillars: refocus on principles of sustainability, reclaim the notion of value and expand collaboration. One of the explicated needs is “Bring business and researchers together to encourage innovation and creation of new flexible business models that integrate ecosystem services”. Ecolinfa is very active in bring business and scientific aspects together, to give value

Giacomo hosted a session on Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development Goals

Giacomo was the chair of the session “Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals from around the globe”, with the co-host SoEun Ahn, from the Korean Environmental Institute. At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.  The SDGs aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease,

Ecolinfa presented its last experience in West Africa on Ecosystem Services Evaluation

This presentation intends to provide an overview of the guidelines to apply the Economic Environmental Evaluation (EEE) in Guinee-Bissau, one of the poorest countries in the world, with a very low Human Development Index (HDI). Recently, the Government of Guinee-Bissau and the United Nations have assigned the Partnership Framework 2016-2020 (UNPAF), the UN integrated system’s contribution to the National Development Plan, considering the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Currently the UN is assisting the Government in applying the impact

The European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016

The European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016 was held in Antwerp, Belgium, from the 19th to the 23rd of September. More than 600 participants attended the conference, organized in cooperation with the OpenNESS , OPERAs and ECOPLAN projects, the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), at the University of Antwerp. The theme Helping nature to help us focused on the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature The Conference included about 60 sessions, with hundreds of presentations,

The Operational protocol for beaches management plans in Calabria Region was published

Under the umbrella of Caretta Calabria EU LIFE Project, SETIN srl elaborated the operational protocol for beaches management. The project Life Caretta Calabria aims to implement multiple and integrated actions for the conservation of the most important nesting area of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Italy, located in the Ionian coast of Calabria. The project will address the main threats occurring both at land and at sea, and will propose an

ASAP LIFE project was approved by European Commission

 Alien Species Awareness Program (ASAP) LIFE Project was finance by European Commission. The general goal of ASAP is reducing the introduction rate of alien invasive species and their impacts due to an increase of Italian public awareness on the topic and a higher active participation in their management. Invasive alien species (IAS) are widely recognized as one of the main causes inducing biodiversity loss, as well as heavily damaging human economic activities and health. Biological invasions are rapidly increasing, and the

The EU ES Conference

The European Ecosystem Services 2016 conference will be held in Antwerp from the 19th to the 23rd of September. The theme Helping nature to help us focuses on the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. The conference will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. It will have a strong focus on practice and implementation. The conference

Business Planning in Protected Areas

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognizes that there are significant running costs associated with ensuring that protected areas (PAs) are effectively protected and the importance of the goal to ensure financial sustainability for biodiversity conservation policies. International institutions and countries can achieve “stable and sufficient long-term financial resources to support their protected area systems”, the so called “sustainable financing”. One of the main tools to plan and programme the sustainable financing for protected areas is the Business Plans. A sustainable Financial

Fiscal policies and climate change

During the European Green Week (EGW), the “Reforming fiscal policies to combat climate change” Conference took place in Brussels. This event examined the role of fiscal policies in implementing the Paris. The most relevant findings were: Almost 90 countries including some form of carbon pricing or other fiscal policies in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs); Only around 12 per cent of annual global GHG emissions are formally priced; Fiscal policies such as carbon pricing and fossil