LIFE Platform meeting




This LIFE platform meeting will address integrated and innovative approaches to coastal wetlands, birds and habitats conservation. Sharing the successful management models and strategies will allow not only focus on the strict replication aspects but will also target related aspects like scaling-up, demonstration and mainstreaming. Following the main objective of the Biodiversity strategy to 2030 to restore degraded ecosystems, in particular those with the most potential to capture and store carbon, prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters, relevant experience will be presented and discussed.

The coastal wetlands play an important role in the regional economy, however increasing human pressure could limit the economic and ecological services provided by these ecosystems. That is why managing human interventions in a way that enables them to safeguard their existence but could also cause their disappearance from the coastal landscape.

LIFE projects are invited to participate in the meeting which will address the following issues:

  • Better understanding of the role of monitoring and action on monitoring information – Need to link this to better data collection, analysis and reporting and use of the new technologies in monitoring and data gathering;
  • Developing climate change adaptation techniques and expanding lessons learned that reduce the risk associated with climate change: watershed management and integrated flood risk management); rainfall variability and drought risks;
  • Demonstration of environmental benefits and socio-economic value of coastal wetlands;
  • Good practices in policy and sectoral coordination, including financing of coastal wetlands management;
  • Enhancing cross-sectoral cooperation through implementing demonstrations projects related to integrated water management;
  • Fostering pro-biodiversity business ventures to improve lagoon ecosystem and sustainable livelihoods.

During the Platform meeting special attention will be paid to identifying not only the output and outcome-based lessons, but specifically the process based ones (e.g. the novel approaches), as well as the problem based (e.g negative learnings to avoid a repeat).

The objective of the meeting is to gather European best practices from coastal areas for their sustainable management and to be a key event at the Black Sea in the frame of the #LIFEis30 campaign.


The LIFE Platform Meeting will be held on October 12-13, in Burgas, Bulgaria.

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The programme will include a plenary session (one and a half working days) and a field visit (half-day). The meeting will be a hybrid event – a "live" in-person event in Burgas with a "virtual" online component. It will also provide opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. A special publication will be developed with the abstract from the presentations of the participants. All outcomes from the platform meeting will be made available online.

The event is kindly hosted by the Lagoon of LIFE project/ LIFE17 NAT/BG/000558 that is focused on maintaining the Man-Lake Symbiosis for the benefit of species and habitats of EU conservation concern. It is taking actions for full-scale restoration of the ecological processes, establishing a self-sustaining and financially viable mechanism to allow for the long-term conservation management of the lagoon and promoting the benefits generated by the Natura 2000 site Atanasovsko Lake.

For more information: Diyana Kostovska, BBF, Project manager of the Lagoon of Life project // Dr Petar Iankov, BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria, Ornithologist of Lagoon of Life project

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