Monitoring meeting for the 24 months of the LIFE4FIR project – 15-16 November 2021

The LIFE4FIR project consortium met again in Sicily in November 2021 for the periodic monitoring meeting (agenda available here). A two day full of activities!

During the first day, the beneficiaries and the external monitor met in the beautiful headquarters of the municipality of Polizzi Generosa to discuss the results obtained and the activities planned for the coming months.

 

In the afternoon, after the meeting, the participants moved for a visit to the Seed Bank set up inside the Abies Nebrodensis Museum, in the municipality of Polizzi Generosa.

During the visit it was possible to observe the first samples of seeds stored for conservation: this activity is of fundamental importance for the maintenance of the germplasm of the species.

 

The second day was dedicated to an excursion to the original settlement of Abies nebrodensis. The walk along the path of the Abies was organized to show to the monitor the interventions carried out, with particular attention to the installation of the new fencing system around the trees and the video surveillance system.

LIFE4FIR Welcome Meeting in Bruxelles – 5-6 November 2019

European Commission and Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) organized the Welcome Meeting for NAT and GIE LIFE18 projects on 5 and 6 November 2019 in Brussels (at the following links the general agenda and the NAT & GIE projects’ specific agenda). The meeting took place at the Crowne Plaza Brussels.

The aim of the meeting was to present an overview of the relevant policy topics, the LIFE Programme rules, interaction with EASME and the role of the external monitoring team in project implementation. Financial and technical issues, as well as project reporting, dissemination and communication matters, were also discussed.

This Welcome Meeting was also used as a networking platform among the participating projects sharing common priority areas. Therefore, overview presenting the background, objectives, impacts and policy implications of projects were presented by each beneficiary.

 

 

Presentation of the LIFE4FIR project (available here in PDF format) by the coordinator to the other beneficiaries of the projects included in the NAT & GIE Habitat Restoration group.

 

Group photo of the representatives of all LIFE18 NAT & GIE projects.

 

Presentation of the LIFE18 programme for NAT and GIE projects, speech by Angelo Salsi, manager of EASME LIFE projects.

LIFE4FIR Kick-Off meeting in Palermo – 2-3 October 2019

The Kick Off meeting of the LIFE4FIR (here the agenda) project was held the 2nd October 2019 in the wonderful setting of the Orto Botanico di Palermo.

The meeting was attended by the Cooodinating beneficiary CNR IPSP (Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection) and CNR IBE (Institute of Bioeconomy) and by representatives of all associated beneficiaries: Ente Parco delle Madonie (EPM); Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sull’interazione Tecnologia-Ambiente – Università Di Palermo (CIRITA-UNIPA); Assessorato Regionale dell’Agricoltura, dello Sviluppo Rurale e della Pesca Mediterranea, Dipartimento Regionale dello Sviluppo Rurale e Territoriale (DRSRT); University of Seville (US).

The meeting mainly has been aimed at developing a common view of the project mandate, fostering team building and establishing working relationships, beginning to tackle together the work to be done and focusing on the tasks that each beneficiary will have to deal with in the next months.

During the meeting, all beneficiaries have been acquainted on the main administrative and financial aspects of the Life programME.

The following day, 3rd October 2019, the LIFE4FIR group was welcomed by the Major of Polizzi Generosa, the municipality where the Abies nebrodensis population is located, and then visited in situ the relic trees’ area and the ‘Piano Noce’ nursery, where most activities on seedlings will be conducted during the project.

 

Presentations held during the meeting

 

First day meeting at the Botanical garden of Palermo

Coordinator and partners of the LIFE4FIR project, presenting their Institutions and the activities in which they will be involved within the project.

 

LIFE4Fir project and objectives was briefly introduced to students attending the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Palermo.

 

The LIFE4FIR group which attended the Kick Off meeting the 2nd October 2019 at the Orto Botanico of Palermo.

 

LIFE4FIR welcomed by the Major

The LIFE4FIR group was welcomed by the Major of Polizzi Generosa

 

In situ visit to the relic Abies nebrodensis population

Natural regeneration of Abies nebrodensis.

 

The LIFE4FIR workgroup was joined by a couple of german tourists which was hiking the Abies nebrodensis path in the Parco delle Madonie.

 

The Abies nebrodensis tree nr. 13 from which cones were collected soon before their maturation.

 

Coordinator and part of the LIFE4FIR group during the visit to the Abies nebrodensis relic population, guided by employees of the Parco delle Madonie.

 

Visit to the Piano Noce nursery

LIFE4FIR group and employees of the Piano Noce nursery which was visited during the second day of the meeting.

 

LIFE4FIR group visiting the plots in the Piano Noce nursery  where Abies nebrodensis seedlings are growing.

 

Coordinator and some colleagues of CNR visiting a site suited for the establishment of new clonal orchard as planned in the LIFE4FIR project.

 

At the following link is available the press release issued by the Parco delle Madonie’s Authority on parks.it!