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Life Programme

The LIFE Programme is the European Union’s funding instrument that supports environmental and nature conservation projects. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of European Union environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.


LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been three complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999 and LIFE III: 2000-2006). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3104 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment.


The programme has three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, and LIFE+ Information and Communication.


LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity- It will co-finance best practice or demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Natura 2000 network. In addition, it will co-finance innovative or demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the objectives of Commission Communication (COM (2006) 216 final) on "Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 – and beyond".


LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance- It will co-finance innovative or pilot projects that contribute to the implementation of European environmental policy and the development of innovative policy ideas, technologies, methods and instruments.


LIFE+ Information & Communication- It will co-finance projects relating to communication and awareness raising campaigns on environmental, nature protection or biodiversity conservation issues, as well as projects related to forest fire prevention (awareness raising, special training).


For additional information, please, visit: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/