FORESTThe last LIFE HEALTHY FOREST’s workshop, “Emerging diseases and innovative control strategies”, will be held in Arkaute on 19-20 September 2018. The two-day event will be organised by NEIKER, the project leader, and is open to public.In the first session, we will count with the participation of other LIFE project representatives, along with experts from forestry associations, regional governments and two guest speakers from New Zealand willing to tell us about their experiences in the management of issues related to forest diseases and their control.

In the second day, participants will have the opportunity to visit some project pilot plots, where different treatments have been applied to test the effectiveness against pine needle diseases in Elorrio

The full programme and the free registration to the Workshop is available HERE

LIFE HEALTHY FOREST, co-financed by the LIFE Programme, will develop an innovative and unique integrated system to the early detection and evaluation of the impact of forest decline through the combination of expertise areas, encompassing from molecular to remote sensing techniques.  This system will be implemented at regional scale across the three provinces of the Basque Country, as knowledge base for the EU Forest and Biodiversity policy.

This project, is one of the 96 projects selected by the LIFE programme out of the 1117 applications received by the European Commission within the Environment & Resource Efficiency Subprogramme in the first call for projects for the period 2014-2020.


LIFE HEALTHY FOREST project (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000179) aims to design, apply and monitor advanced methodologies to achieve more sustainable forestry management at EU level, especially to prevent forest decline caused by invasive and pathogenic agents, taking into account both environmental and socio-economic impacts.

The project, with a duration of 42 months, is coordinated by NEIKER-Instituto Vasco de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario and has three associated beneficiaries: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Fundación Hazi Fundazioa and Desarrollo de Estrategias Exteriores, S.A.

Further information at:

Coordinator (Contact)

Dra. Eugenia Iturritxa

Principal Researcher – Forest Heath

Campus Agroalimentario de Arkaute – E-01080 Vitoria-Gasteiz (Araba) / Spain

T: (+34) 945 121 313

About LIFE programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

The LIFE funding programme has been running since 1992 and has co-financed more than 4000 projects across the EU and beyond, mobilising € 7.8 billion. Around 1100 projects are ongoing. The budget for the LIFE Programme for 2014–2020 is set at € 3.4 billion, and has a sub-programme for environment and a sub-programme for climate action.

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