The LIFE Platform meeting “Volunteering for Nature Conservation” will be hosted by the Estonian Fund for Nature, as the coordinating beneficiary of the project LIFE MIRES ESTONIA, and supported by the AwaRaEst LIFE Capacity Building Project.

The main goal of the meeting is to share experiences, to discuss lessons learned and to identify steps to take in order to increase the impact of volunteers in nature conservation.

Important information:

Moreover, you will have the possibility to become a volunteer and take part in one day of practical volunteering work in the mire. The detailed agenda of the day, an overview of the work, suggestions for clothing, etc are available here. Please read it carefully to be prepared. The work is physically demanding, but completely doable for people with average physique and stamina.

Please note that the working language of the meeting will be English. No translation will be provided.

The participants are expected to arrange and cover their own travel and accommodation cost. This means that although a pre-booking has been made, each participant is responsible for contacting this hotel or any other and make a booking. For more details, please refer to the “Registration and Logistics” booklet. Also there is an online map with all the meeting venues in Tartu. 

All coffee breaks and lunches indicated in the agenda are offered by the host projects and free of charge for the participants. The same goes for the Joint Dinner, which will be held on a boat on River Emajõgi, on Wednesday evening – 19 September 2018. Also a second Joint Dinner in Püssirohukelder on Thursday eve – 20 September 2018 will be provided. 

Descriptions and contacts of all participating LIFE projects are listed HERE

Each participating LIFE project will be introduced in the plenary by means of short videos. Therefore, LIFE participants are invited to prepare short (about three minutes long) videos featuring the people and the voluntary work done in the project. For example, you could consider interviewing project staff organizing voluntary work, or your volunteers, etc. It should be a simple video illustrating the work you do in the project with the help of your volunteers. The video should be uploaded in YouTube and a link should be sent by 1 September 2018 to Ms Liina Järvpõld at liina@elfond.ee. Please indicate your willingness to prepare a video in the registration form.

There will also be a poster session on day 1. The posters should focus on the specific issue of volunteer work, in addition to the general information about the project. If you are willing to bring the poster, please indicate so in the registration form.

If you have any further questions about the event, please contact Neemo External Monitoring team: Ms Luule Sinnisov at luule.sinnisov@neemo.eu or Ms Lucija Kursite at lucija.kursite@neemo.eu.

If you require assistance in technical matters (including voluntary work), please contact Ms Liina Järvpõld at liina@elfond.ee.

Welcome to Tartu!

Additionally, the host beneficiary invites you to take part in World Cleanup Day on the 15th of September 2018 in your respective countries. Download an app World Cleanup and start mapping trashpoints NOW and then organise an event to go cleaning with your friends on the day. World Cleanup Day is an event coordinated by a civic-led mass movement Let’s Do It! World  that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model—one country in one day—around the world. More information available at: www.worldcleanupday.org