A LIFE+ project for Kottenforst and Ville

The Ville Forests cover the hills between Bonn and Cologne limited by the lively Rhine valley and the agricultural landscape of the Lower Rhine basin.

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Welcome to Bonn!

The city of Bonn is situated in the Rhineland, 20 km south of Cologne. It has a population of approx. 330.000 people being one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Germany and it was funded by the Romans. Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany and in 2020, it is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Discover more here.

Conference venue in Bonn  

The workshop is held at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn. (GPS-coordinates 50°43'20.1"N 7°06'48.8"E). If you have enough time, make sure to visit the exhibitions!

Getting to the venue

Bonn is in reachable distance to three international airports: Köln/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt
From Köln/Bonn Airport: 
Köln/Bonn Airport is closest - only 25 km away. The taxi costs about 45 Euros. The Airport Bus (Line SB 60) to Bonn Central Station takes about 30 minutes. 
From Düsseldorf Airport: 
When landing at Düsseldorf Airport (85 km from Bonn) take a train (ICE, IC or EC) to Bonn Central Station (50 minutes). 
From Frankfurt Airport: 
When landing at Frankfurt Airport (160 km from Bonn), you need to take the Rapid Train (ICE) to Siegburg/Bonn (only 50 minutes).

If you are travelling to Bonn by train, please check the Deutsche-Bahn Site for information. Depending on where you come from, you may either arrive at Bonn Central Station or Siegburg/Bonn.

The conference venue is best to reach by public transport. From Bonn central station you can take the tram 16, 63 and 66 to the stop “Museum König”.

Train and public transport tickets

You may purchase your train tickets online at Deutsche Bahn (national train company).
When commuting within the city of Bonn, please buy your tickets for local public transport at one of the machines on the platform, within the tram or with the driver when taking the bus (only cash).
From Bonn Central Station please choose fare stage 1b (Single ticket: 3€; 24hrs ticket: 8,80€)
From ICE Station Siegburg/Bonn please choose fare stage 3 (Single ticket: 5,30€; 24hrs ticket: 13,90€).
From Köln/Bonn Airport please choose fare stage 4 (Single ticket: 8,20€; 24hrs ticket: 19,10€).
If you plan to stay longer in Bonn, a week ticket (7 days) is available for 26,30€ (fare stage 1b) or 40,00€ (fare stage 3).


Registration to the event can be done by completing the online registration form on eventbrite.co.uk that is available here. The registration to the meeting is open until 24th of April 2020. Please note that the number of participants to this event will be limited to 50 persons, with a priority to LIFE projects.


No registration fees will be charged. The participants are expected to cover their own travel expanses. Please be reminded that you are recommended to use other travel means than flight, if possible. Limited financial assistance for speakers and for representatives of finished LIFE projects is available covering both travel and accommodation costs. If you require financial assistance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.immediately after registration.


We invite you to contact one of the hotels listed below and book your room using the codes provided. Key word: “LIFE Project”

Hotel Leoninum (bookings by April 8th)
Single room: 99,00€/night from 06.-08.05.2020 (incl. breakfast) 
Sternhotel (bookings by April 8th)
Single room: 135,00€/night from 06.-07.05.2020
Single room: 115,00€/ night from 07.-08.05.2020
Hotel Europa (bookings by March 30th)
Single room: 80,00 €/night (incl. breakfast) 
Double single room: 102,00 €/night (incl. breakfast) 
You can find more accommodation options using the link below:  


Please do not hesitate to contact   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information and assistance.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bonn.




The EU Forest Strategy 2013 identifies the “protection of forests and improvement of ecosystem services” as priority area. To safeguard biological diversity, the implementation of Natura2000 is one of its key strategic objectives. A quarter of the forest area of the European Union (EU-28) is protected under Natura2000; and half of the Natura2000 area is covered by forests. Most of the forested Natura2000 area is managed e.g. for wood production, grazing/farming, hunting or tourism. The European Union emphasizes that Natura2000 is not exclusively a system of protected areas, but combines the protection of biodiversity with sustainable development of natural resources. However, forest use has to consider explicitly the protection of various forest habitats and species.

The integration of nature conservation objectives into sustainable forest management is a suitable concept for balancing various forest functions and user interests1. With forest types and forest conditions varying across Europe, we can find a wide range of different management concepts and approaches.

LIFE projects have been implemented in very different forest habitats with a great variety of utilization-concepts and forest ownership structures. Thus, they provide a lot of best practices and lessons-learned for the conservation and promotion of biological diversity in managed forests; and they are exemplary not only for Natura2000. The projects include innovative strategies to adapt forest use to species- and habitat-specific protection goals and the reactivation of traditional silvicultural systems. They also present different approaches to communicate integrative management strategies to forest owners and managers in order to improve acceptance of Natura2000.

In the framework of the workshop, we will introduce selected LIFE projects showcasing examples for the successful balance between “protection and utilization”. Together, we will take a closer look on LIFE projects across Europe to broaden our horizons. We aim at setting new impulses for your project work and enhance acceptance for specific challenges in different biogeographical regions. The meeting allows for both exchange of knowledge and networking of European forest nature conservation projects. It further promotes the exchange of experts from different professions, among other, forest and nature conservation managers.

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