LIFE projects promote sustainable forest management
In response to the urgent need to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, the UN has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests – the year will highlight the important work being carried out globally to promote the sustainable management of the world's forests. Under the slogan "forests for people", the UN is showcasing stories and initiatives on its website. Meeting the EU's objective of limiting climate change to 2°C above pre-industrial levels will not be achieved without significant action to combat deforestation.
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Forest management for water points the way forward
Integrating forest and water management offers economic and conservational benefits, including mitigation of the impact of climate change. The ForestForWater project demonstrated how European forestry practice can contribute, in particular, to the achievement of the goals of the EU Water Framework Directive. Read more >>
Ireland's woodland project shows value of restoration
Combining the removal of non-native trees and the reinstallation of natural water systems, an Irish woodland LIFE project is a good example of habitat restoration. In fact, the beneficiary, Coillte, won an Energy Globe Award in June 2010 for the project. Four native woodland habitat types are found in Ireland: alluvial woodland, bog woodland, woodland associated with limestone pavement, and yew woodland.
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Public consultation points ways forward
The public consultation process on the future of the LIFE programme, which was launched in mid-2010 and closed on 15 February, was an important way of taking account of the desires of stakeholders, according to the Commission. Speaking at the 'Stakeholders consultation on the future instrument for environment and climate change (future LIFE)', which was held on 28 January at the Maison des Associations Internationales, Angelo Salsi, head of the LIFE Nature Unit, DG for Environment, said: "We hope you will feel in a very genuine way the Commission wants to build things from the ground and take your feedback on board." Read more >>
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