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LIFE Grace participates in the Landcare Europe workshop in Milan

The LIFE Grace project was presented by Comunità Ambiente during the first workshop organized by Landcare Europe, which took place in Milan from 27 to 29 April 2022. Landcare Europe is a network that promotes biodiversity, resilient ecosystems, land management in Natura 2000 areas and quality of life in natural environments and artificial landscapes. Landcare organizations - with representations in Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Romania - collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including farmers, landowners, nature conservation organizations, policy makers and local communities. In Italy, Landcare Europe is represented by Legambiente Lombardia.

The workshop took place at the 'Cascina Nascosta' in the Sempione Park (MI).

The first day had as its objective an exchange of information on best practices for product development and direct marketing of Natura 2000 products and was also the occasion for the presentation of some relevant LIFE projects in Italy.

Oliviero Spinelli of Comunità Ambiente and project manager of the project, presented LIFE Grace, describing the aims of the project and the main results achieved so far, including the difficulty of breeders to cooperate in positioning their Natura 2000 products in the market and their claims of excessive bureaucracy to do so.

On the second day, a field trip was organised at the Lombard Park of the Ticino Valley (MI) and at the Cascinazza (MI).

The third day ended with a round table discussion on the promotion of value-added local products in Natura 2000 areas, the consumer-oriented production of high-quality local products, the link between the restoration of nature and sustainable agriculture, and the link between agriculture, local culture, biodiversity, and soil protection.

To download the LIFE Grace project presentation, click here.

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Zootechny becomes digital thanks to the LEO project

The “Livestock Environment Opendata (LEO) Project” has developed a single Italian national livestock digital database. The leader of the project is the Italian Breeders Association (AIA) and the partners include research bodies, database institutes, animal health and hygiene institutes for livestock production and an IT company.

Extensive farming and biodiversity

A document drafted by WWF stresses the connection between extensive farming and biodiversity conservation strategy. 

Dynamics of agriculture for a lively countryside

Online event organized by ELO (European Landowners' Organization)

Date: Tuesday 22 June 2021  TIME: 16.00 - 18.00 

LIFE Grace organises the first World Cafè

Within the project LIFE Grace, on May 3, the first ‘World Cafè’ will be held at Itri at 6.00 p.m. The meeting will be attended both remotely and in presence by some breeders and farmers from the Ausoni and Aurunci territories and some meat supply chain players.

LIFE Grace attendance at the "Compraverde Buygreen Forum”

Within the Compraverde Buygreen Forum, which took place in Rome from 6 to 8 October 2021

The first phase of meeting with the breeders of the Rieti area (Lazio region) has been concluded

Start a concret collaboration between breeders, mayors, representatives of the Lazio Region and partners of the LIFE Grace project, in order to contribute to a better conservation status of grazing areas in regional Natura 2000 network. 

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1st Farming Biodiversity Summit

FFA (Forum for the future of agricolture) will host in Santarém (Portugal) and  on the FFA2021 virtual platform the "1st Farming Biodiversity Summit".

Date: Thursaday, May 27, 2021 Time: 11:00 - 14:00 CET

LIFE Grace participates in the inter-municipal table for fire prevention

On the morning of April 8, in the city of Formia, a inter-municipal table for the prevention of forest fires on the Aurunci and Ventotene mountains took place.

University of Rome – La Sapienza, talks about LIFE Grace on Huffpost

In view of the forthcoming COP2020 in Glasgow, professor Fabio Attore of University of Rome La Sapienza-Department of Environmental Biology and partner of LIFE Grace’s project underlines in an article for an online newspaper “Huffpost” the importance of restoring and safeguarding grassland through the extensive and traditional pastoral activities.

Meetings with the breeders continue: next meetings planned at Cantalice and Leonessa (Lazio region)

On July 14 and 21 the partners of the LIFE Grace project will present the project to the breeders of the Rieti area.

More sustainable livestock farms? Slow Food explains how to obtain them

Over the past 70 years, intensive livestock farming in Europe has caused significant damage to the environment and it has produced poor quality food.

NEWS! Positioning of the information panels

As part of action D1 of the LIFE Grace project, despite the difficulties due to Covid-19 in delivery and positioning, the placement of the 12 information panels is about to be completed.

LIFE Grace meets the breeders at Fondi (Lazio Region)

After the summer break, there is a resumption of the meetings of the European project LIFE Grace that aims to enhance extensive animal husbandry in semi-natural areas, where there are rare or endangered animal and plant species.

Meeting on "Conservation of pastures through their utilization"

On June 15, at 5.30 pm, the partners of the LIFE Grace project will meet the local farmers at the municipal theatre of Monte Romano (VT). 

European Natura 2000 Day: meeting between the LIFE GRACE and the Regional Parks Agency (ARP)

On the occasion of the European day of the Natura 2000 Network (21st of May), a meeting will take place between the representatives of the LIFE Grace project and Iacopo Sinibaldi of the Regional Parks Agency of the Lazio region, the managing body of the Natura 2000 sites in which the project activities will be carried out. 

Il progetto LIFE Grace presentato al Platform Meeting

Lo scorso 16 marzo si è tenuto il Platform Meeting “Una Priorità per l’Europa: investire nella protezione e nel ripristino della Natura” durante il quale è stato presentato anche il progetto LIFE Grace.

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