9. 24 September 2019 - Presentation of the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project at a specific symposium at the ICOET international conference in California, USA
The LIFE SAFE-CROSSING Project will be presented on 24 September 2019 during a specific session “The Road to Wildlife-Vehicle Conflict Mitigation is Paved with Good Data, Part 1” that will be held I the frame of the ICOET international conference, which will take place in California, USA, on 22-26 September. This will be an excellent opportunity to make the project known at a very wide scale beyond Europe.
8. Presentation of the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project at the Romanian Palace of Parliament
The LIFE SAFE-CROSSING Project has been presented at the Ministerial Environmental Conference "Large Carnivore Management - Challenges and Solutions", which has taken place at the Romanian Palace of Parliament on 06-07 June 2019 and at which over 50 representatives of the EU member states of the European Commission have participated. The event's main objective was to bring together different stakeholders involved in large carnivore management to identify ways to improve coexistence of the local communities with these species and the project has gained great attention.
7. Networking visit between LIFE AmyBear and LIFE SAFE-CROSSING in Italy
Five members of the LIFE AmyBear Project Team, visited the National Parks of Majella and of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise between 15 and 18 April 2019, for exchanging information and experience. Mr. Spyros PSAROUDAS (CALLISTO), Mr. Nikos PAPAEFTHYMIOU, Ms. Sofia GLOUFTSI and Mr. Kostas Papageorgiou (Forestry Service) and Ms. Marina PROIKAKI (LEVER SA) participated in the Greek delegation. LEVER SA is the Coordinating Beneficiary, and Forestry Service (Region of Epirus and Western Macedonia, Greece) is one of the Associated Beneficiaries of the LIFE AmyBear project, while CALLISTO NGO is Associated Beneficiary in both projects: LIFE AmyBear and LIFE SafeCrossing.
Antonio Antonucci and Giovanna di Domenico from Majella N. Park’s (MNP) staff members guided the Greek Team in sites of the Park (like S.S. 17 that runs from Castel Di Sangro to Sulmona, being the most important road object of the Life Safe-Crossing concrete actions), while Andrea Gennai and Roberta Latini provided guidance in the Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise Park (PNALM). The Greek Team visited also the premises of PNALM at Pescasseroli and had a meeting with the President and other staff members of the Park, exchanging information and views on questions of common interest.
6. Presentation of the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project at the LIFE Info day in Warsaw
On 17th April 2019 the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project was presented at the Polish national LIFE info day in Warsaw. The event was attended by around 350 people and at least 300 joined the conference on-line. There has been the presence of the polish Ministry of the Environment, the polish Board of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and representatives of the European Commission, DG Environment. The LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project has been selected as an example of a transnational LIFE project, and also because the topic of wildlife-vehicle collisions is extremely important in Poland. There has been a great interest toward the project, and we set the basis for future collaborations.
5. First monitoring equipment installed at one of the Egnatia Highway underpasses in Greece
The first monitoring equipment was installed at one of the 45 underpasses to be monitored along highway A29 (Egnatia Highway) in Greece. This is part of an innovative end-to-end solution/prototype, developed by the Greek partner COSMOTE, that allows the automated capturing of the movements of wildlife that uses the underpasses to cross the bear-proof fenced highway and the depiction in a graphical environment for further analysis. The information will be used to identify the crossing structures to be re-adapted in order to render it more attractive to bears.
4. 13 March, presentation of LIFE SAFE-CROSSING on the 3rd Italian national TV
Yesterday (13.03) the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project was presented during the nature dissemination programme GEO on the third Italian national TV Rai 3.
Watch from minute 1.11.00 at the following link: https://www.raiplay.it/video/2019/03/Geo-8de08bef-77c5-4ead-95a5-389d2ae9a1fe.html
3. First opening event of the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING Project
The first national opening event has taken place in the Abruzzo Lazio e Molise National Park in Italy. A general presentation of the project has been made, followed by a detailed description of the Animal-Vehicle Collision Prevention System, which will be installed in the project sites, and of the actions planned in the Italian project areas. Over sixty persons have participated and the talks have been followed by a very active discussion round.
2. First visit on the Geek project area
The first field visit has been made to the Greek project area. The most critical sites on the national roads and the Egnatia Highway have been visited where the project actions will take place. It has been a good opportunity to share ideas among experts about the details of the interventions.
1. Kick-off meeting of the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING Project
The LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project has started on 1 September 2018, and on 19-20 November the staff of the project has met for the kick-off meeting in Orvieto, Italy. Twenty-seven representatives of the project partners have been present. It has been the first opportunity the staff members to get to know each other and to plan the first activities of the project.