Fabian Demicoli

EU Funding: LIFE + Programme

LIFE+ Programme is the European Union's financial
instrument supporting environmental policy. Although there are other programmes
that relate to the environment, LIFE+ is the only EU funding programme that is
specifically and entirely dedicated to improving the environmental wellbeing of
the Community.

The current LIFE+ programme contains three main
strands, namely, Nature and Biodiversity, Environmental Policy and Governance,
and Information & Communication.

 

LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity

This strand deals with best practices or
demonstration projects that contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and
to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Funding depends on
the scope of the project together with the means proposed to meet its
objectives.

 

LIFE+ Environmental Policy and
Governance

The strand co-finances demonstration or
innovative projects that contribute to:

The implementation of Community environmental policy.

The
development of innovative policy approaches, technologies, methods and
instruments.

The
knowledge base as regards environment policy and legislation.

The
monitoring of environmental pressures.

The
strand carries a maximum co-financing rate of 50%.

 

LIFE+ Information & Communication

LIFE+ Information & Communication co-finances
projects that implement communication and awareness raising campaigns on
environmental, nature protection or biodiversity conservation issues, as well
as projects related to forest fire.

The strand also prioritises the dissemination of
information, raising awareness and the development of skills on environmental
matters. A maximum co-funding rate of 50% applies under this strand.

The current phase of the LIFE+ programme comes to an
end this year, and the call for proposals is open till 25 June 2013.

More information can be obtained from http://www.lifeplus.gov.mt

The national contact point for LIFE+ is the Tourism
and Sustainable Development Unit.

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