268.4 mn euro for 202 new LIFE+ projects
By Anne Eckstein | Friday 20 July 2012
The European Commission has approved the financing of 202 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the Union’s environment fund. The projects cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environment policy, climate change and information and communication on environmental issues. They represent an investment of around €516.5 million, of which the European Union will put up €268.4 million and member states the balance.
With its latest call for proposals that closed in July 2011, the Commission received 1,078 proposals from the 27 EU member states. It selected 202 that will receive co-funding under the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication. Spain (47 projects; €95.2 million) and Italy (41 projects; €78.1 million) topped the list in terms of the largest number of projects selected, followed by Poland (16 projects; €39.3 million), France (13 projects, €36.5 million) and Germany (11 projects, €44.5 million). The number of projects selected for the other states ranges from one (Austria and Malta) to eight (Belgium, Greece and United Kingdom)
LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity projects improve the conservation status of endangered species and habitats. Of the 268 proposals received, the Commission selected 76. They are situated in 22 member states and represent a total investment of €241.8 million (of which €136 million in EU funds). Among the projects, 71 concern nature (implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directives and the Natura 2000 network); the other five deal with wider biodiversity issues.
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance projects are pilot projects that contribute to the development of innovative strategies, technologies, methods and instruments. Of the 607 proposals submitted, the Commission selected 113 representing a total investment of €258.4 million, of which €124.4 million funded by the EU. Twenty-three projects concern climate change (total budget: €67.8 million, of which the Union will provide 31.4 million). Other projects focusing on other issues will also have an indirect impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Waste (25) and water (19) are the two other important areas of focus.
LIFE+ Information and Communication projects raise the profile of and disseminate information on environmental issues and provide training and awareness-raising for the prevention of forest fires. Of the 203 proposals received, 13 projects were selected for a total investment (in nine member states) of €16.2 million (7.2 million funded by the EU).
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