EU beefs up LIFE programme by €121m for projects on nature, climate

The investment is set to channel significant complementary funding from other European sources

Photo: EU Frans Timmermans and Virginijus Sinkevičius (L-R).

The Commission announced an investment of €121m for new integrated projects under the LIFE programme, helping Member States comply with EU legislation in areas, such as nature, water, air, waste, climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation.

With funds increase by 20% compared to last year, it will promote the green recovery and help Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia to reach their green targets.

The projects’ budget is expected to channel significant additional EU funding sources, including agricultural, regional and structural funds, Horizon 2020, as well as national and regional actors and private investors.

To deliver the European Green Deal, we need to start mobilising the unprecedented resources made available for Europe's green transition in our long-term budget and recovery fund, said EC Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

He outlined that these LIFE integrated projects support concrete action to protect the environment, restore nature, and support biodiversity and this investment we help countries and regions to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises and build a just and sustainable future.

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius underscored that he is excited to see how this new investment will help green the economy, bring back nature and biodiversity and improve resilience to the changing climate in these 11 countries.

LIFE integrated projects enable Member States to make a real difference to the environment and people's lives, by enabling long-term strategies with far more money and capacity than with traditional LIFE projects, the Commissioner specified.

They support plans required to implement environmental and climate legislation in a coordinated manner and on a large territorial scale.

In the field of nature conservation, five projects in Latvia, Slovakia, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany will help to restore natural ecosystems, including forests, rivers, farmlands, grasslands, peatlands, aquatic species and birds.

In support of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan, a Belgian project will reduce plastic waste by encouraging sustainability, from increased product lifetimes to prevention, reuse and recycling of waste.


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