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European Commission and Wildlife Estonia invite you to

Riverine LIFE Platform Meeting:

Strengthening populations of   fish and other species through re-introduction, removal of barriers and habitats conservation

10th - 12th September 2014, Tartu, Estonia

This is one of a series of platform meetings intended to promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst LIFE beneficiaries, with other key stakeholders also invited. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together LIFE project beneficiaries, organisations and institutions from across Europe to discuss aspects of their projects which address riverine species and habitats conservation in relation to EU biodiversity policy. Given the potential wide range of the discussion the meeting will focus on the following: 

• Populations strengthening and re-introduction programmes 
• Migration barriers and fish passages 
• Local LIFE projects: case study of Aspius aspius and oxbow lakes 
• Who benefits from the conservation of riverine species and habitats?

All participants are welcome to give a presentation (oral or poster) in relation to the above mentioned topics.

 

The programme

The agenda is being updated in parallel with the registration and the final version will be sent to the registered participants with the delegate pack on 30 July 2014. Please note, that the working language of the conference is English.

 

 

For participation please register

Please confirm your attendance and (if applicable) presentation topic by filling out the registration format the earliest opportunity. 

 

There is no cost for the meeting itself and Wildlife Estonia will cover the cost of venue hire, and field trips. However, please note that participants would have to cover travel to Tartu, and accommodation costs, and main meals. Open LIFE projects can include these costs within their budget as eligible expenditure in the financial statement.

 

 

For further information contact kaia[no-Smpam).treier@astrale.org">

 

The organisers welcome you to the conference and to Tartu!

The programme of the following three conference days has been divided into four sessions:

 

Session 1 – Strengthening populations and re-introduction programmes

Session 2 – Migration barriers and fish passages

Session 3 – Local LIFE projects

Session 4 – Who benefits from the conservation of riverine species and habitats?

 

Day 1 – Wednesday, 10September 2014

08.30-09.00    

Registration

Arrival conference venue - Tartu Environmental Education Centre. Registration and coffee

09.00-09.30

Opening

Welcome and introduction of the programme

LIFE projects - a tool for implementing environmental policies

Bent Jepsen, Nature/Biodiversity Coordinator at the LIFE Team Astrale GEIE

 

09.30-10.00

 

 

 

Session 1

Rearing fishes for re-introduction: preparing juveniles for fitness for survival in a harsh and highly competitive outside world

Dr. Harald Rosenthal,  President and Founder of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society

 

10.00-10.30

The Houting Project - efforts for one fish species and benefits for an entire ecosystem

Jan Steinbring Jensen, Nature Agency, Danish Ministry of the Environment

10.30-11.00

Discussion in groups

11.00-11.30

Coffee break (poster presentations also available)

11.30-12.00

Session 1

25 years experience from Denmark - changes in the perception of what a good quality project must include to improve conditions for fish life?

Ole Ottosen, the  Project Manager of LIFE10 NAT/DK/000099 SMOOTH

 

12.00-12.30

Overcoming river fragmentation: the need for harmonized and standardized procedures to operate and monitor fish passes in large (multinational) river systems (the case of sturgeons)

Joern Gessner, Senior Scientist of the Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and Paolo Bronzi, Vice President of World Sturgeon Conservation Society

 

 

 

 

12.30-13.25

The reintroduction of the allis shad to the Rhine system - backgrounds, objectives and first signs of success

Dr. Andreas Scharbert, Project Manager of LIFE09 NAT/D/000008 Life+ Alosa alosa

 

Possible explanations for the current decrease of the formerly biggest remaining population of the allis shad in the Gironde watersheds, France

David Clavé, LIFE09 NAT/D/000008 Life+ Alosa alosa

 

13.30-14.30

Lunch

Restaurant Spargel

14.30-15.00

 

Session 2

Restoration of the Vindel river – the linkage between science and practice

Prof. Christer Nilsson, LIFE08/NAT/S/266 Vindel LIFE

 

15.00-15.30

Making the change in the life of riverine species - removal of 300 barriers in northern Sweden

Ida Schönfeldt and Sofia Perä, the Project  Coordinators of LIFE10 NAT/SE/000045 Remediation of migratory barriers in stream crossings

 

15.30-16.00

Discussion

16.00-16.30

Coffee break

Poster presentations (poster authors are kindly asked to be by their poster for explanations and possible questions)

16.30-17.00

 

 

Session 2

Local level Actor long term motivation for healthy riverine habitat management. Experience in Latvia.

Andris Urtans, expert of the Life NAT-PROGRAMME

 

17.00-17.30

Ljubljanica River connects: concrete restoration actions and advanced monitoring system to enable fish migration

Andrej Vidmar and Katarina Zabret, LIFE10 NAT/SI/000142 LIFE Ljubljana connects

17.30

Brief introduction to Day 2

17.40

End of the day

19.30

Joint dinner

Restaurant Atlantis

 

Day 2 – Thursday, 11September 2014

09.00

Session 3

A coach will leave TEEC sharply at 09.00 for a field trip to Alam-Pedja Natura 2000 area.

10.00

The barge Jõmmu will leave Palupõhja Nature School sharply at 10.00.

The values of Alam-Pedja Natura 2000 area,  projects Happyfish, LIFE07 NAT/EE/000120 Saving life in meanders and oxbow lakes of Emajõgi River on Alam-Pedja NATURA 2000 area) and Happyriver, LIFE12 NAT/EE/000871 Restoring the integrity of freshwater habitats in Alam-Pedja Natura 2000 area – bringing teh River Laeva back to life, will be presented and discussed during  the boat ride.   

Lunch

 The lunch will be served on the barge

16.00-16.30

Arrival Tartu

The exact time and place depends on the wishes of participants

19.00    

Joint dinner

Restaurant  Ülikooli Kohvik


Day 3 – Friday, 12September 2014

9.00-9.30

 

 

Session 4

 

How much is a mussel worth?

Ivan Olsson, the Project Manager of LIFE10 NAT/SE/000046

The thick shelled river mussel (Unio crassus) brings Life+ back to rivers

 

9.30-10.00

Saving Danube Sturgeons – a WWF priority in Europe

Cristina Munteanu , the Expert of LIFE11 INF/AT/000902 Saving Danube sturgeons - joint actions to raise awareness on overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria

 

10.00-10.30

Best practices of river restoration in Europe: RiverWiki produced by RESTORE Life+

Jukka Jormola, Project Coordinator of RESTORE Life+, HEALFISH Interreg IVA

 

10.30-11.00

Overview of LIFE programme contribution to fish conservation - cost effectiveness of the actions

João Silva, LIFE-Nature Expert

11.00-11.30

Closing

Panel discussion/conclusions - close of official meeting

 

Departure

For the ones that have their flight departing from 15.30 in the afternoon should take a bus that departs 12.00.

11.40-16.00

Optional programme

Optional field visit to Centre for Limnology

A coach will leave TEEC at 11.40 sharply to lake Võrtsjärv for experimental trawling.

15.55

Arrival Tartu Bus Station

For the ones that have their flight departing from 19.30 or the next day

      

 

 
 

 

 

In case changes should occur in the order of presentations the corresponding speaker will be informed and contacted separately by the organisers. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

 

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European Commission and Wildlife Estonia invite you to Riverine LIFE Platform Meeting: Strengthening populations of fish and other species through re-introduction, removal of barriers and habitats conservation 10th - 12th September 2014, Tartu, Estonia This is one of a series of platform meetings intended to promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst LIFE beneficiaries, with other key stakeholders also invited The purpose of this meeting is to bring together LIFE project beneficiaries, organisations and institutions from across Europe to discuss aspects of their projects which address riverine species and habitats conservation in relation to EU biodiversity policy

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