The national seminar was held on 10 and 11 June 2014 in Lyon and Chambaran

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The Department of Defence (MINDEF) and the Rhône-Alpes Natural Spaces Conservatory (CEN) organised the national Life Defence Nature 2 Mil project seminar on 10 June, 2014 at the headquarters of the Lyon Defence zone and on 11 June 2014, at the Chambaran camp.

 

Despite the train strike, over sixty people gathered to lay the foundations of a national network for biodiversity on military sites.

 

The seminar was divided into several stages :

 

- The presentation of progress in the Life project, the MINDEF's environmental policy and the Ecology Department's policy

 

- A focus on partnerships at work on a national level: Airbase 115, Sissonne Camp, Avon Camp, EMSD Bordeaux: booklet and unmanned tractor, EMSD Lyon's hives, Valbonne Camp and Ambérieu Air Force Base 

 

- A workshop on fostering collaboration between managers of natural and military environments  

 

- The awards ceremony for the photo competition on biodiversity on military land

 

Finally, on the second day, we visited Chambaran Camp one of four experimental project sites. This was an opportunity for an update on military activity and the naturalist interest of the camp as well as planned work. A tour of the ponds enabled us to discover a particularly rich site.

 

You can download the proceedings of the seminar here or read the document online.

A European exchange on biodiversity on military land

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From 14 to 16 May 2014, the Hungarian Department of Defence organized an international seminar to close 2 LIFE projects on military land: "Eastern-Bakony" (LIFE 07/NAT/H/000321) and "Hungarian little plain" (LIFE08/NAT/H/00289).From 14 to 16 May 2014, the Hungarian Department of Defence organized an international seminar to close 2 LIFE projects on military land: "Eastern-Bakony" (LIFE 07/NAT/H/000321) and "Hungarian little plain" (LIFE08/NAT/H/00289).

 

A French delegation of 6, the French Department of Defence (DMPA, EMAT, CFT, EMSD LYON, environment managers from the Chambaran and Garrigues camps) and the Rhône Alpes Natural Areas Conservatory, visited VESZPREM (Hungary).

 

Twenty-two other nations were represented including in particular Germany, Poland, Finland, Greece, Estonia and Portugal. We should also mention the presence of a representative from NATO.

 

During these three days, the French delegation could exchange and observe the know-how and best practices of certain nations who have a wide and long experience in the field of biodiversity preservation and especially in implementing a LIFE programme on military land.

 

The main lessons are:

 

- The common groundwork related to NATURA 2000 and the Life programme greatly facilitates exchanges

 

- Numerous shared concerns (pyrotechnical risks, invasive alien species)

 

- Restoration and maintenance of large open environments with a low soil trophic level

 

- The question of recurring maintenance after Life, not much discussed during the seminar, also seems to be a real shared concern.