Fabian Demicoli

Life+ open till 18th July 2011

LIFE+ is the European Union's direct funding programme for the Environment providing funding opportunities for the conservation of protected habitats and species, the halt of loss in biodiversity and the implementation of environmental policy as a key dimension of sustainable development. Environment protection is of crucial importance to the European Union. LIFE+ is there to provide complementary support to other funding instruments aimed at protecting our environment.


LIFE+ is subdivided into three distinct strands, thus a vast array of projects can be implemented. These strands are:

LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity, which may include the conservation of threatened habitats and species as well as actions to halt the loss in  biodiversity;

LIFE+ Environmental Policy & Governance which aims specifically at contributing to the implementation, updating and development of Community environmental policy and legislation, including nature and biodiversity, climate change, water, air, soil, urban environment, noise, chemicals, environmental health, waste and natural resources as well as the integration of environment into other policies, thereby contributing to sustainable development; and

LIFE+ Information & Communication which deals with information campaigns related to all the environmental aspects mentioned above. Such proposed projects must seek to raise awareness on environmental issues so as to achieve a positive change in people's attitude towards the environment.

LIFE+ is open to all bodies that are registered in the EU; therefore applications could be submitted from the public as well as the private sector as well as universities, research institutes and environmental NGOs within the 27 EU Member States. Applications can be submitted by a single beneficiary or a partnership including a co-ordinating beneficiary and one/several associated beneficiaries.

This year's application package including applications and all the related documentation and guidelines, can be found online on the official website being http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/lifeplus.htm  .

In addition, one can also find a database listing all the projects that have been funded under LIFE/LIFE+ together with a brief description of the projects as well as links to their websites on http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm

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