Constantine Alexander, Tilos Island LIFE Nature Project Coordinator, with the His Eminence the Bishop of Rhodes, Kyrillos, and the Member of European Parliament, Evaggelia Tzampazi, at the Natura 2000 Conference on Rhodes, Dodecanese, Greece. October 25, 2007
To mark the 20th anniversary of the LIFE programme in 2012, the LIFE Units have published a special brochure -The Voices of LIFE; 20 years of getting things done - containing interviews with some of the many people who have been involved with and benefitted from the LIFE programme over the last two decades.
As an extra feature in this, the 20th anniversary month, you can listen to extracts from some of the interviews below. Hear the Head of the LIFE Nature Unit, Angelo Salsi , discussing the outstanding achievements of the LIFE programme and Frank Vassen , one of the few people to have been a LIFE project manager, monitor and Desk Officer within the LIFE Unit, highlighting the value and importance of the programme's bottom-up approach, the scale of its projects and the importance of EU recognition for those projects.
Listen too to project beneficiaries, including Father Gregorios Gregoriatis from the Holy Community of Mount Athos in Greece, who explains why his experience of LIFE was very 'restful'. From Hungary, Ferenc Oláh and János Király illustrate how LIFE co-funding can help persuade farmers such as themselves to restore traditional grazing on Natura 2000 network sites sites and can change views on nature conservation.
Ákos Baracsy , who helps out with a Hungarian viper conservation programme, explains why it's good to be a LIFE project volunteer; and Rona Dixon , a schoolteacher in London, shows how LIFE's work to restore a river in a local park has greatly improved the learning experience for her pupils, and in a cost effective way. Finally, Jørgen Modvig , technical manager at the Danish supermarket chain, REMA 1000, recalls the excitement of working on the eco-innovative LIFE Environment project, CO2REF, and points out the 'great value' for his company of this project.