LIFE 2016 Information Day
On 26 April 2016 our project team took an active part in LIFE Information Day which was held at the New Horizons Foundation Training and Conference Center in Warsaw. The event was organized for the ninth time by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
The LIFE Information Day was a great opportunity to exchange experience with other beneficiaries and to present the scope of activities carried out within the framework of LIFE projects to a wide range of potential applicants.
The general session of the conference was opened by Mr. Mariusz Gajda, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment, who presented the future challenges of the LIFE Programme in the context of the tasks performed by the Ministry of the Environment.
The Deputy Chairman of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Jacek Spyrka, summed up the achievements of the LIFE Programme and presented information on the rules governing the financing of the programme in the recruitment phase of 2016.
Mr. Andrzej Muter, the Acting Manager at the Department for International Cooperation, presented introductory information about the LIFE Programme. During the second part of the conference, the Programme Beneficiaries talked about their current projects. It was an excellent opportunity to share experiences from the period of application preparation as well as to discuss areas of cooperation with the European Commission. The presentations also included a brief overview of undertaken tasks and touched on the issue of financial settlement of the projects. All presentations are available below and in the Training and Conferences section of this page.
The novelty of this year’s LIFE Information Day were three thematic sessions, which proved to be particularly useful and gave all potential applicants the opportunity to familiarize with specific issues, such as: “LIFE for Companies”, “Protection of Wetland Birds”, and “Effective Information Campaign.”
The participants had a chance to learn more about how to implement and manage a LIFE project, how to use the data collected during monitoring, how to communicate the project results to the groups of key stakeholders (particularly important to the project) and, finally, how to ensure the sustainability of the results.