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Ugly fruit, Drifting bears, and Stopping wildfires: Match the EU LIFE Award 2020 winners

Beautiful men and women eat nasty fruit’ – that is the catchy motto of this Fruta Freia combined in Portugal, which claims to have saved nearly 2500 tonnes of misshapen meals from being wasted, and this week claimed just two of the EU’s LIFE awards prizes.

An overjoyed Isabel Soares in the Fruta Freia combined told Euronews: “The awards demonstrate our model functions, a sustainable design that’s based on customer devotion”.

Together with the LIFE grant, she managed to make eight new tasks, launching eight new delivery points, and is presently working with 250 farmers to market weird-looking vegetables and fruit to approximately 6,000 consumers.

“There is no typical buyer, they vary from 18 to 80 years old, from all social classes, tons of individuals want to resist food waste,” she states. “it is a very simple idea that customers wish to encourage.”

Food is wasted for a lot of reasons, but among the very benign is possibly when it is based on the look, instead of taste or quality. In launch and achievement in this’dreadful fruit’ initiative, Soares has indicated that customers are pleased to enjoy a two-legged carrot or carrot apple and adopt the strangely-sized create that farmers had been pressured by picky supermarkets to throw off.

Making space for bears to ramble

‘I am quite happy, we’re working hard for five years, it got discovered’, smiles Rok Černe, following his LIFE DINALP BEAR job scooped the LIFE Awards Nature prize.

The Slovenian woods manager’s project intends to organize actions to help maintain the people of bears across the Dinaric and the southern Alps in a significant endeavor to keep the genetic diversity of a population that’s so crucial for biodiversity.

The first project involved celebrities in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Italy working together to agree that a new approach to better handles their bear inhabitants. With the achievement of the alliance, Černe discovered he was approached by colleagues in Switzerland, Germany, and France eager to find out more.

The challenges he faced were quite varied, but Černe confessed to Euronews the largest issue was digging government administration: “You’ve got to locate the right individual in the ministry should you want to pick something,” he states.

The bear population in Slovenia is climbing, and man bears specifically can ramble hundreds of kilometers from their place of birth at pursuit of mates. Ensuring landscape connectivity which enables the bears to get from 1 habitat into another without bothering people is among the essential challenges.

Černe worked together with local farmers, and throughout the LIFE job, he managed to provide fencing to people whose hens had been jeopardized by bears. The project engaged with local people, showing them the way to get’bear-proof’ crap and compost bins. “You want to describe to people the way to coexist,” he states.

“The difficulty in Hungary improved from the previous two years, and we realized that the fires are larger and bigger, and we did not have sufficient funds,” states Daniel Nagy, whose FIRE LIFE job was awarded the LIFE Climate Award.

The project funding enabled Nagy to tackle the emerging fire difficulty in central Europe, as prolonged droughts become more common and the chance of bigger fires becomes more prevalent.

His approach followed two important lines of attack: communicating and coaching. The former saw him creating a picture of forest fire threats that was revealed on television, sharing consciousness leaflets in outside shops, as well as purchasing a resilient castle to get children and families participated in the matter.

The training facet of this job was equally hard. “We need to find out best practice, find out more about prevention, and do this on a lower budget”

He trained incident commanders, area supervisors, and various stakeholders in forest fire management, together with the focus very much on avoidance. Hungary has developed a brand new English-language checklist for neighboring states that might also now realize that because of the consequences of climate alter the chance of forest fire has improved in the last couple of decades.