LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU, as well as in some candidate, acceding and neighbouring countries. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 3506 projects, contributing approximately €2.5 billion to the protection of the environment.
Proposals for the new 2014-2020 LIFE Programme regulation released
12 December 2011: News about LIFE’s successor has been released from the European Commission which confirms a proposed LIFE budget of €3.2 billion over the 2014-2020 financial period. The new draft regulation refers to a LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate Action and has been designed to build on the success of the existing LIFE+ Programme. The proposals introduce innovations to strengthen LIFE’s structure, enhance its strategic role and simplify operations through greater flexibility. Further details are available on the European Commission website.
LIFE+ Marine Projects with Irish participants:
- PISCES: Partnerships involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (2007-2013)
- BIOMAR: Marine coastal zone management, identification, descriptions and mapping of biotopes (1992-1996);
- ECOPRO: Environmentally friendly coastal protection (1992-1996);
- Bantry Bay CZM: Development of a consensus based integrated Coastal Zone Management Strategy for Bantry Bay (1997-2000).