HESOFF project is being implemented within the LIFE Programme and is co-financed by the European Commission and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. LIFE Programme itself is an European Commission financial instrument supporting projects related to environmental protection, nature conservation and climate action throughout the European Union. Since 1992 LIFE co-financed over 4500 projects. In the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute around 3 400 000 000 EUR to environmental and climate protection.
One of the stages of implementation of the HESOFF project is “Management and monitoring of project progress”. According to that, contacts with other beneficiaries of the LIFE Programme are being organized throughout the whole project implementation period. Activities of this type allow for the exchange of valuable experience and knowledge as well as for the promotion of the project. Moreover it enables permanent cooperation with the use of innovative technologies.
So far, contacts with the following LIFE beneficiaries have been established under the HESOFF project:
1. LIFE FoResMit – Recovery of degraded coniferous Forests for environmental sustainability Restoration and climate change Mitigation
- Reference: LIFE14 CCM/IT/000905
- Location: Macedonia, Thrace (Greece) and Tuscany (Italy)
- Duration: from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019
- Project objectives: Project LIFE FoResMit aims to define guidelines for good forest practices, to restore degraded suburban coniferous forests in Italy and Greece, and to test and verify in the field the management effectiveness of transforming degraded coniferous forests into meeting climate change mitigation targets.
- Project website: FoResMit
2. LIFE CLIMATREE – A novel approach for accounting & monitoring carbon sequestration of tree crops and their potential as carbon sink areas
- Reference: LIFE14 CCM/GR/000635
- Location: Macedonia and south-eastern Greece
- Duration: from 16 July 2015 to 28 June 2019
- Project objectives: The LIFE CLIMATREE project aims to improving and updating the estimated amount of carbon sinks in the EU, developing a new methodology for accounting for carbon storage from permanent tree cultivation and improving agricultural and environmental policy at the micro level, while providing tools to support the assessment of investments related to tree cultivation.
- Project website: CLIMATREE
3. LIFE elm – Restoration of Iberian elms (Ulmus minor and U. laevis) in the Tagus River basin
- Reference: LIFE13 BIO/ES/000556
- Location: Spain
- Duration: from 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2019
- Project objectives: The LIFE elm project aimes at reintroduction of Iberian elm to European riparian habitats (areas of the Natura 2000 network) belonging to the Tajo river basin and inclusion of protection of Iberian elm and their biodiversity into forest management plans and nature protection regulations. As well as development of in vitro reproduction techniques for seven Iberian clones (Ulmus minor).
- Project website: elm
4. BIGTREES4LIFE – The key role of big trees and mature forests in biodiversity conservation
- Reference: LIFE11 INF/ES/000672
- Location: Spain
- Duration: from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015
- Project objectives: The BIGTREES4LIFE project aimed to improve the protection of large trees and mature forests in the Spanish Natura 2000 network and the Spanish network of protected areas through, among ohers, creating an “European network for the exchange of knowledge on large and mature forests and their protection” or highlighting the threats faced by these trees and forests (including mass deforestation, forest fires, urban sprawl, agricultural changes or diseases).
- Project website: BIGTREES4LIFE
5. LIFE ObservaTREE – an integrated early warning system for tree pests and diseases using citizen science
- Reference: LIFE12 ENV/UK/000731
- Location: Great Britain
- Duration: from 1 October 2013 to 1 October 2017
- Project objectives: The LIFE ObservaTREE project aims to demonstrate an effective Tree Health Early Warning System (THEWS), based on public engagement. It seeks to mobilise the expertise and resources of landowners, industry, academia and governments to identify any significant impacts from new introductions of plants or trees. The system expects to enable early intervention to contain or eradicate identified pests, in a way that implies fewer environmental, landscape and economic costs.
- Project website: ObservaTREE
6. LIFE EcosystemServices – Assessment of ecosystems and their services for nature biodiversity conservation and management
- Reference: LIFE13 ENV/LV/000839
- Location: Latvia
- Duration: from 1 June 2014 to 31 March 2020
- Project objectives: The LIFE EcosystemServices project will introduce an innovative approach to the conservation of natural values, while balancing those values with social and economic considerations. It will achieve this objective by providing knowledge that can be used in selecting development scenarios for different regions of Latvia and the entire country, as well as other EU countries. This innovative approach will be developed according to best EU practices and the use of environmental economic indicators.
- Project website: EcosystemServices
7. LIFE MONIMET – Climate change indicators and vulnerability of boreal zone applying innovative observation and modeling techniques
- Reference: LIFE12 ENV/FI/000409
- Location: Central and northern Finland, as well as northern Ostrobothnia (Finland) and the Finnish part of the Baltic Sea
- Duration: from 2 September 2013 to 1 September 2017
- Project objectives: The LIFE MONIMET project aimed to fill in knowledge gaps and better understand the future development of carbon and water balance and their relationship to climate change in the boreal zones. The project assumed the creation of high-resolution regional models that will be used to describe climate change and the earth’s surface in relation to carbon and water in various ecosystems.
- Project website: MONIMET
8. Life+ SUBER: Integrative management for an improved adaptation of cork oak forests to climate change
- Reference: LIFE13 ENV/ES/000255
- Location: Catalonia (Spain)
- Duration: from 1 July 2014 do 30 June 2018
- Project objectives: The Life + SUBER project aimes to implement and present new forest management techniques for the European cork oak (Quercus suber) in order to improve its adaptation and resistance to climate change, which in turn will result in an increased chance of survival of the species. The project assumes to propose techniques consisting in the identification of threats such as: climate change, pests or forest fires.
- Project website: SUBER
9. LIFEGENMON – LIFE for EUROPEAN FOREST GENETIC MONITORING SYSTEM
- Reference: LIFE13 ENV/SI/000148
- Location: Slovenia
- Duration: from 2 July 2014 to 30 June 2020
- Project objectives: The LIFEGENMON project aims to develop a “forest genetic monitoring'”(FGM) system that will serve as an early warning system used to assess the response of a species to environmental changes over a long-term time scale. The research includes two species of trees – common beech (fagus sylvatica) and common fir (abies alba), and under a given system, the project assumes, among others, publication of textbooks.
- Project website: LIFEGENMON
10. LIFE- ELMIAS – Saving wooded Natura 2000 habitats from invasive alien fungi species on the Island of Gotland, Sweden
- Reference: LIFE12 NAT/SE/001139
- Location: Sweden
- Duration: from 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2018
- Project objectives: The project aims to: eradicate Dutch Elm Disease from Gotland; ensure the ‘favourable’ conservation status and sustainability of the wooded habitats affected by Dutch Elm Disease and Ash Dieback; secure a sustainable population of old trees for the future; prepare a contingency plan in the event of the short term failure of Dutch Elm Disease eradication.
- Project website: LIFE- ELMIAS
11. LIFE+ ForBioSensing PL – Comprehensive monitoring of stand dynamics in Białowieża Forest supported with remote sensing techniques
- Reference: LIFE13 ENV/PL/000048
- Location: Poland
- Duration: od 1 October 2014 to 30 June 2021
- Cel projektu: The aim of the ForBioSensing project is to develop and apply a monitoring methodology for large forest areas using innovative techniques. This will involve point-scale monitoring (field measurements on sample plots) through to large-scale area monitoring using remote sensing techniques.
- Project website: LIFE+ ForBioSensing PL
12. Pelkosenniemi-Life – Promotion of public awareness and protection of aapa mires in Lapland
- Reference: LIFE06 NAT/FIN/000128
- Location: Lapland (Finland)
- Duration: from 1 August 2006 to 30 October 2010
- Project objectives: The Pelkosenniemi-Life project aimed to ensuring an adequate conservation status of the “Aapa” mires and important bird areas in the “Perapa-Pohjola aapa” mires zone in central Lapland. The aim of the project was to contribute to the development of the European Natura 2000 network thanks to improved management planning through, among others, acquisition of private areas of “Aapa” mires or preparation of mires restoration plans.
- Project website: Pelkosenniemi
13. LIFENaturEtrade – NaturEtrade: creating a marketplace for ecosystem services
- Reference: LIFE12 ENV/UK/000473
- Location: United Kingdom
- Duration: from 1 July 2013 to 29 June 2018
- Project objectives: The LIFENaturEtrade project aims to filling the gap between research and ecosystem services provision policy by creating a new set of easy-to-use tools and mechanisms for identification, mapping and creation in relation to the ecosystem services market in Europe. The project assumes the creation of an online transaction platform – “NaturEtrade”.
- Project website: NaturEtrade
14. LIFE Green-Go!Carpathians – Green-Go! Local initiatives for deployment of green infrastructure within Natura 2000 sites in the Carpathians
- Reference: LIFE16 GIE/PL/000648
- Location: Poland
- Duration: from 1 August 2017 to 31 December 2020
- Project objectives: The LIFE Green-Go! Carpathians project aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of local Carpathian communities regarding the need to protect biodiversity in rural areas. In particular, the project promotes green infrastructure, increases the awareness of the need to maintain and restore ecological connectivity and increases the level of knowledge about the importance of ecosystem services for sustainable local development.
- Project website: Green-Go!Carpathians
15. Resto-unio – Restoration of Unio crassus rivers in the luxembourgish Ardennes
- Reference: LIFE11 NAT/LU/000857
- Location: Luxembourg
- Duration: from 1 September 2012 to 28 February 2019
- Project objectives: The project’s overall objective is to improve the habitat quality of the thick shelled river mussel in the rivers Our and Sûre in Luxembourg, to strengthen the two surviving populations. Objectives, among others are: reduce the amount of fine sediments in the two Natura 2000 sites, introduce captive breeding methods for the species, release propagated mussels at both project sites, improve the connectivity of the river system by removing migration obstacles , which will enhance the host fish population e.g., the bullhead (Cottus gobio) and the brown trout (Salmo trutta fario).
- Project website: Resto-unio
16. LIFE DI-CNG – Demonstration and validation of Direct Injection of CNG in vehicle engines and its environmental benefits
- Reference: LIFE13 ENV/LU/000460
- Location: Luxembourg
- Duration: from 2 June 2014 to 31 May 2018
- Project objectives: The LIFE DI-CNG project aims to make a large step toward clean road vehicles by developing and demonstrating a new injection technology that will allow Direct Injection of Compressed Natural Gas (DI-CNG) into car engines. The use of such an innovative technology will bring enormous emission reductions compared to gasoline or diesel engines. DI-CNG will have performance characteristics, that are compatible with diesel and gasoline engines, which is unique for alternative fuels. This performance can also be reached without compromising injector durability and reliability or engine safety.
- Project website: LIFE DI-CNG
17. LIFE Riparian Forests – Restoration and conservation of riparian forests of habitat type *91Е0 in Natura 2000 sites and model areas in Bulgaria
- Reference: LIFE13 NAT/BG/000801
- Location: Bulgaria
- Duration: from 1 September 2014 to 28 February 2019
- Project objectives: The overall objective of the project is improve the conservation status of the priority habitat 91E0*: Alluvial forests through activities in two Bulgarian sites of Community importance. These goals will be achieved by directly restoring and improving the quality of habitat type 91E0* by applying a range of techniques and testing alternative forestry methods. The project also aims to improve the knowledge base for the restoration and management of this habitat by compiling a manual, as well as reaching out to local groups.
- Project website: LIFE Riparian Forests
18. LIFE FORECCAsT – Forest: Climate Change Adaptation
- Reference: LIFE15 CCA/FR/000021
- Location: France
- Duration: from 1 July 2016 to 1 November 2019
- Project objectives: The main objective of the LIFE FORECCAsT project is to provide forest owners and the managers of the “Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Languedoc” with the means to build their management strategy, taking climate change scenarios into consideration, in order to protect territorial forest ecosystems and ensure a dynamic forestry sector in compliance with environmental, economic and social challenges. To reach this objective, the creation of digital application that will include climate, topographical and pedagogical parameters in decision-making is foreseen.
- Project website: LIFE FORECCAsT
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