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Award "Sustainable Partnerships" for the LIFE Elia-RTE project

The LIFE Elia-RTE project just won one of the two "Sustainable Partnerships" award attributed by The Shift in the framework of a Belgian competition (see video).

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Award Natura 2000 for the LIFE Elia-RTE project !

The LIFE Elia-RTE project just won the Natura 2000 Award in the "Reconciliation of interests/perceptions" category !

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Natura 2000 day and LIFE Elia-RTE

May 21st is the Natura 2000 network European day. For this occasion, our team organized a special day for the staff of business manager of Elia, the Belgian electricity transmission system operator.

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Preparing the After-LIFE with Elia

The shift to an alternative vegetation management approach involves many internal changes for the Transmission System Operator. In 2015 already, Elia appointed two members of its network maintenance...

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A wide range of actions in Winenne (Beauraing, Belgium)

The decision to work on the forest corridor for the power line crossing the Bois du Roy in Winenne (Municipality of Beauraing, Namur Province, Belgium) has resulted in the widening of the corridor on...

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Article in Le Soir : Award RGI and LIFE Elia-RTE in Belgium

On January 19th 2016, a Belgian national French-speaking daily newspaper Le Soir devoted a full page to the LIFE Elia-RTE project in Belgium, detailing the progress of the project, the award RGI and...

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LIFE presentation at RTE in Paris (F)

Valuing lunch break by learning about the LIFE Elia-RTE. The team travelled to Paris for an event organized in collaboration with Communication and Consultation Departments of from RTE.

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Newsletter 8 - December 2015

The LIFE Elia-RTE project has just been awarded the first prizein the category "Best environmental practices" in a competitionorganized by Renewables Grid Initiative. A great...

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Harvesting medlar in Revin, Ardennes (F)

It's harvest time for medlar (Mespilus germanica). In French Ardennes, an impressive production of these fruits has recently been reported to us by a partner of the National Forestry Office (ONF). A...

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LIFE Elia-RTE wins RGI award !

The LIFE Elia-RTE project just received the first prize in the "Environmental protection" category in a European contest organized by the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI).

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Virtual tour of LIFE Elia-RTE sites

From now on, right from your desk, you can take a virtual visit on our sites : Couvin, Beauraing and Nassogne-Tenneville !

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Biological monitoring on plants: encouraging results in the Ardennes (F)

The feedback of the Forests National Office (ONF) is very clear: the results of plant inventories after actions of the LIFE Elia-RTE are very encouraging ! This is what arises from actions carried...

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A double line corridor between Arlon and Martelange : a high potential for LIFE Elia restoration

Passing by the N4 between Arlon and Martelange, impossible to miss the double line corridor. The two power lines with almost parallel paths are everywhere in the landscape.

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Biological inventories in ponds created by the LIFE Elia-RTE

One of the objectives of the LIFE project is to create 100 new small ponds (size 100-150 m²). Isolated or linked with other ponds (see map), these important habitats for wildlife are pretty rare...

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Partnership with REN in Lisbon

LIFE Elia team is in contact with REN, the Transmission System Operator of Portugal, since the first steps of the project in 2012. The collaboration evolved towards a partnership agreement signed in...

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Restoring heathland: common heather seeds harvesting and sowing

Under the high voltage line connecting Nassogne to Tenneville, in the Natura 2000 site of Wamme-Masblette (BE34029), our LIFE Elia-RTE project had carried out in autumn 2013 a soil removing (surface...

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LIFE Elia at ILCN first congress in Berlin

LIFE Elia team was invited by the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) to present the LIFE project during a conference that took place in Berlin on October 19th, 20th and 21st.

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Meeting on the Forêt d’Orient site (F)

On October 15th 2015, the LIFE partners gathered on the site of Forêt d'Orient, in Aube Department (10).

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The latest developments of the LIFE project in Haute Durance (F)

In Haute Durance (Hautes Alpes, 05), our project takes place in parallel in the renovation of the electricity transmission network led by RTE (Electricity Transmission System Operator in France)....

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ITTECOP conferences in Sophia Antipolis, Nice (F)

ADEME of Sophia Antipolis in Antibes hosted a two-day conference on October 1st and 2nd 2015.

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LIFE Elia at final conference of BESTGRID

LIFE Elia team was invited to participate to the final conference of BESTGRID on September 23rd. The idea was that the LIFE project could illustrate how biodiversity and social acceptance can...

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Start of a new sheep grazing area under power line in Couvin

On September 18th, it was the official start of a new grazing area under the power line in Couvin.

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Fruit harvests in Haute Durance: for a plantation on site in 2017 ! (F)

The LIFE Elia-RTE project works on seven sites in France in close collaboration with RTE. The site in Haute Durance will be partly planted in 2017 to create forest edges. To ensure the local origin...

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Article on the LIFE Elia in the Forêt.Nature periodical

The periodical Forêt.Nature aims at producing articles of scientific vulgarisation dedicated to sustainable management of forests and natural areas. Published every 3 months by the NGO...

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LIFE Elia-RTE presentation at BESTGRID meeting

The modernization and expansion of the European electricity network are important to enable the transition of the energy system in Europe from a dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy....

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40 people to attend LIFE Elia visit in Belgium

It has been a real pleasure to host 40 people at our LIFE Elia event in Belgium on June 10th and 11th.

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Presenting LIFE Elia at DG Environment

Elia team was invited by the DG Environment to present the project to a panel of representatives of Eastern countries in Brussels on June 2nd 2015. These countries are involved in the so called...

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Nature Festival and convention signature in Forêt d'Orient (F)

On May 22nd and 23rd 2015, the LIFE Elia-RTE site of the Forêt d'Orient, in Brienne-la-Vieille (Aube Department, 10) was put under the spotlights as part of the national Nature Festival...

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Event of the Nature Parks Federation in Belgium

Each year, 9 Nature Parks of Wallonia organize a major event to present the actions undertaken in the Park. This year, the Nature Park "Haute Sûre Forêt d'Anlier" (PNHSFA) has chosen the...

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Nature Festival and LIFE actions in Brittany (F)

Created in 2007, the Nature Festival is an initiative of the French Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wild Earth magazine. The main objective is to celebrate nature...

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Meeting Statnett in Oslo

LIFE Elia team recently travelled to Norway in order to meet Statnett, the transmission system operator (TSO) of Norway. This meeting took place in Oslo on April 29th 2015 in the framework of our...

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Results of the 2014-2015 planting season

For the LIFE Elia-RTE team, spring always sounds like the awakening of nature but also as the end of plantation species for edges and orchards. The first plant of this tumultuous season was planted...

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Preparing for grazing in Forêt d'Orient (F)

The Forêt d'Orient site is among the seven French sites of the LIFE Elia-RTE. Located in the Department of Aube (10), in Champagne-Ardenne, this site is about to be managed by a local shepherd.

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Presentation of the cost-benefit analysis in ENTSO-E

We already presented the project LIFE Elia-RTE twice in ENTSO-E : to the working group Asset and Implementation Management (AIM) and Network of Communication Experts (NCE). ENTSO-E is the European...

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Newsletter 7 - February 2015

41 months after LIFE Elia’s kick off, the project has reached its full maturity. Actions on the field are progressing at a steady pace, valuing all the preliminary mapping and planning achieved...

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Informative lunch at Elia's headquarters

Valuing lunch break for learning about the LIFE Elia project. It was an original event jointly organized by the LIFE Elia team and the Communication Department of Elia.

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Meeting with 50 Hertz in Berlin

We had the chance to meet 50 Hertz, part of the Elia group, one of the German Transmission System Operator (TSO) in Berlin on January 14th. This meeting has been set up in the framework of our...

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InterLIFE in Luxembourg

December 9, 2014, part of the LIFE Elia team went to the Interlife in Hosingen (Luxembourg), organized by the LIFE Éislek and the LIFE Unio . These meetings bring together several ongoing...

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Press article in "Hunting and Nature" on the LIFE Elia

In November 2014, the periodical "Hunting and Nature" managed by the Saint-Hubert Royal Club of Belgium, published an article about the LIFE Elia project and its impact for hunting and biodiversity...

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2 presentations of the LIFE project for ENTSO-E in Brussels

We were invited by the Working Group Asset and Implementation Management of ENTSO-E, the body of TSOs at European level (see news), to present the LIFE Elia-RTE project on November 18th 2014. ...

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Fruit-trees planting and horse grazing in Vuillecin (F) (video)

Part of the LIFE Elia team went to Vuillecin on 11, 12 and 13 November 2014 to plant wild apple and pear trees along the new high-voltage line Pontarlier-Frasne. Vuillecin is a municipality of about...

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Meeting with MAVIR in Budapest

We met MAVIR, the Hungarian Transport System Operator (TSO) on November 6th in Budapest. This visit occurred in the framework of our networking mission throughout Europe.

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Presentation at the seminar CILB-IUCN in Paris

This November 3, 2014 in Paris, we had the opportunity to present the LIFE project and participate in the seminar "Infrastructure corridors, ecological corridors? " in Paris.

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Roundtable organized by Nabu and BestGrid in Hannover

After a conclusive meeting held in July 2014 in Belgium, we were invited by TenneT (TSO in Germany and Holland) to present our projet during a roundtable on "Planning new lines : conflicts and...

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Visit organised by the municipalities union

Tuesday 14th of October, the Union of cities and municipalities of Wallonia organized in Nassogne a study day for around 50 municipality representatives.

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Visit of the EU Commission and of Astrale on Belgian and French sites

Beginning of October, the LIFE project and their partners gathered to host the EU Commission and the Astrale office.

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Flowering meadow restoration in Attert (BE) (video)

Under a double overhead line corridor (380 kV and 220 kV), the LIFE Elia project undertook the sowing of 2,5 ha of flowering meadow. Located in the communal forest of Attert, this surface is of great...

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Visit of the plants nursery Op de Beeck

LIFE Elia team visited the plants nursery Op de Beeck on September 26th 2014 near Mechelen. This is the place where the young plants are growing before their plantation in our edges and...

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Agreements signing in Ile-de-France (F)

This September 25 2014, many people gather under a high-tension line in the National Nature Reserve « La Bassée » in Ile de France.

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Press article in Vivre la Wallonie

Vivre la Wallonie is a magazine distributed to 110.000 inhabitants of the Walloon Region in Belgium. In the September issue, we had the chance to publish an article on the LIFE Elia project. All...

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Information day for private owners with the RFSB

This September 5 2014, the LIFE ELIA team gave an information day on "Electrical Corridors in forest and biodiversity" to the members of the Royal Forestry Society of Belgium.

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LIFE ELIA at CIGRE 2014 in Paris

For its 45th edition, the CIGRE 2014 took place in Paris from August 24th to 29th. This week of conference is a major event for all the Transmission System Operator throughout the world...and a great...

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Meeting with the Natural Parks of Wallonia

This August 27 2014, LIFE Elia team organized a meeting for the Federation of Natural Parks of Wallonia. Both inside and on the field, the LIFE Elia was able to present their actions, leading to...

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Meeting with APG in Austria

We met APG, the Austrian TSO, on August 6th in Linz. We had contacts with APG since 2012, but this was the first occasion to meet and to see what APG is doing on the field. This meeting has been set...

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Press articles in silva belgica on experiences in France

In May and July 2014, we had the chance to publish two articles on the experiences in France and on the European networking in Silva belgica, a periodical dedicated to Belgian private forest owners.

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TenneT visiting the LIFE ELIA project in Belgium

On July 23rd we had our first international visitors, coming from the Netherlands and Germany : staffs from TenneT (TSO). On our invitation, they came in Belgium to exchange experiences on...

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Press article in Foret Wallonne on secondary forest species

In June 2014, we had the chance to publish an article on the techniques developed by the LIFE ELIA project to multiply secondary forest species plants to be used in our action "edges" in the...

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Meeting Terna in Rome

LIFE ELIA team just met Terna, the transmission system operator (TSO) of Italy on June 17th 2014 in Rome. This meeting took place in the framework of our networking campaign aiming at sharing...

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Pasturage to control invasive plants in Ramioul (BE)

Almost one hectare of vegetation under high-tension line Awirs-Rimières is now managed by around 20 sheeps of the ardennais tacheté race.

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Meeting Fingrid in Helsinki

Almost during summer longest days, the LIFE ELIA team met Fingrid (the Finnish Transmission System Operator (TSO)) in Helsinki on June 11th and 12nd 2014.

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Meeting in Brussels with the TSO body : ENTSO-E

Developing our contacts with European transmission system operators (TSO) of electricity to develop partnerships with our LIFE ELIA project partly financed by the EU Commission, it became obvious...

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Meeting Eirgrid in Dublin

Two members of the LIFE ELIA project met on May 29th and 30th 2014 the Irish transmission system operator (TSO) : Eirgrid. The meeting took place in Dublin on the first day, in presence of ESB...

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Nature festival in Vuillecin (F)

On the occasion of the Festival of nature held in France during the week of May 19 to 25, part of the LIFE team visited the site of Vuillecin (Doubs 25).

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Nature festival in Brittany in May

LIFE Elia project works closely with RTE (operator of the French electricity transmission network) on 8 sites of French territory. This news is illustrated by a video available at...

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Agreements signature in Britanny

In close collaboration with RTE (the French transmission system operator), the LIFE ELIA is active on 8 sites in France, in very different regions and in distinct contexts.

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Plantation on spring 2014

Here is a video showing our plantations in spring 2014. It encompasses plant preparation in nurseries, plantation on site under overhead high tension lines and individual protection against game.

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Nature festival in Armorique

The LIFE ELIA team will be involved in Festival of Nature festival in the in France. Each French site can present its action, its features and show the treathen species but also the work of...

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LIFE ELIA meeting ELES in Slovenia

New challenges in a changing society

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Networking in Luxembourg : Creos and ANF

In the framework of the networking campaign we have recently launched, it was of upmost importance to spread the word to our neighbouring countries. The LIFE ELIA team travelled on the 1st of April...

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Meeting in Bilbao with Iberdrola

It was a rainy day but a sunny meeting. LIFE ELIA team met on 25th of March 2014 in Bilbao one of the electric distributor named Iberdrola. This interesting meeting was very useful for both team to...

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Innovation in seed extraction and transplant

Seed extraction and transplant at the Seed Office in Marche-en-Famenne (Luxembourg province, Belgium)

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First uprooting in Chievre's nursery

Seedlings in 2012, uprooting in 2014

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Another press article for the LIFE ELIA project

The newspaper « L'avenir du Luxembourg » recently published a full article on the project progress.

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LIFE ELIA in Haute Durance : Company meeting

RTE (French Transport System Operator) has organised on December 13th 2013 a company meeting related to the renovation of the electrical grid project in High Durance (Hautes-Alpes et...

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Convention signing in Drôme (France)

A network of ponds for the northern crested newt

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Training sessions with RTE staff members

Another mission of the LIFE ELIA project : training

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Stakeholders' day by ELIA

ELIA (Belgian Transport System Operator) has invited on November 22nd 2013 its various partners to a « get together » day. Politicians, members of administration, regulatory...

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Meeting with REN (Portuguese TSO)

An european networking objective

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Paris Tech Training

Last 23rd and 24th September, the "Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech" organized a training on "the conservation and restoration of ecological continuity in transport infrastructure".

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Bees in a high voltage ecosystem !

A conference on bees in Brussels

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Trainings for Belgian TSO ELIA

The LIFE ELIA project

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A new press article in Silva belgica

After almost two years of LIFE project, a new article has been published in April in "Silva Belgica", the magazine of the Royal Forestry Society of Belgium. It describes the steps taken since...

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LIFE in Haute Durance

The LIFE ELIA -RTE Haute Durance is presented on the blog of RTE

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LIFE ELIA takes part in Nature Film Festival in Namur

Unmissable event  for lovers of nature and movies, the Nature Film Festival of Namur ( ) was held from 12 to 21 October 2012.

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Strasbourg : structurally rich forest edges

On mid of October, the team of the project ELIA LIFE/RTE took the opportunity of a trip to France to visit the nature reserve "Ile du Rohschollen" in Strasbourg...

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Forum LIFE in Haute Durance

Lately, on 18th of October, the LIFE ELIA-RTE team took part in a 'Forum LIFE Biodiversité' which occurred in the village of Baratier in Hautes-Alpes. The goal of this meeting was to present...

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LIFE and Science Festival

Within the framework of the Science Festival, RTE has organized a day of conferences (on 12th of October  2012), at the Conference Centre « Cœur Défense » in...

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LIFE and renewable energy

On October 3rd 2012 in Paris, the LIFE Elia project was presented at the RGI (Reneweble Grid Initiative) conference by Gaëlle Vervack (Elia) and Elodie Jaussaud (RTE).

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Bioindicators : butterflies

Rhopalocera, or daytime butterflies, are one of the groups in which the focus is to assess the relevance of the management / restoration in the LIFE ELIA project. Corridors ensuring the safety of...

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Bio-indicators : birds

Such groups (birds, dragonflies, butterflies, bats, ...) are known to react quickly enough to changes in their habitats.
 In 2012, spring and summer were used to realize the first...

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Inter LIFE meeting in Gérardmer (Vosges)

On 20th and 21st of September, several members of the LIFE-ELIA/RTE team went to Gerardmer (Vosges) where took place a meeting inter LIFE projects.

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LIFE ELIA/RTE has been presented at CIGRE session in Paris

Founded in 1921, CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) is an international nonprofit association, whose mission is to foster collaboration among international experts to improve...

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establishment of trees nurseries

The seeds of wild apple and pear (390 kg of apples which gave nearly 3,500 kg of seeds and 134 kg of wild pears which gave 0.400 kg of seeds) harvested last fall spend the winter in the fridge from...

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Article in le Monde July 18th 2012

The LIFE ELIA  /  RTE is quoted in an article in Le Monde, July 18, more specifically on the restoration work planned in Ile de France

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Harvest flowering meadows

One of the actions programmed by the ELIA-Life is the creation of 20 acres of flowering meadows under high voltage lines.

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LIFE programs : 20th Anniversary

Life programs that have restored many valuable natural sites in Europe celebrate their twenty years in 2012.

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First restoration of edge

Located in an area of ​​major importance for biodiversity called Calestienne, the high voltage line starting from the position of Couvin has an interesting configuration, allowing the...

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creation of forest edges, first trial with cuttings

The forest edge plays a special role in the dynamics of the forest.  It has a role of stabilization, intermediate area between the open and closed environments. It is fully participating to...

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Article published in Silva Belgica

Article published in January 2012 in the magazine of private forest owners "Silva Belgica"describing the LIFE - ELIA and its possible applications in...

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The LIFE ELIA is "linear LIFE", which means that various partners and regions are involved.

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Harvest of forest seeds

Our LIFE project started in autumn 2011 and this coincided with an exceptional season for the production of fruit tree species targeted by our actions. Mountain ash, common spindle, hawthorn, medlar,...

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Initial mapping

Early in the project, (September 1, 2011), it was decided to travel the 130 km line shortlisted in the project before autumn.

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