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The LIFE Programme

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What is the LIFE Programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

 

Who can take part in a LIFE project

Beneficiaries of the Programme are public bodies, non-governmental organisations, universities and private companies. The Coordinator Beneficiary must be based in the EU, while co-beneficiaries may also be in non-EU countries subject to conditions.

 

Priority areas

The LIFE Program for the 2014-2020 funding period compromises of two sub-programmes with a budget of € 3.46 billion:

The Environment sub-programme, with a budget of € 2.59 billion, covers three priority areas:

  • Environment and Resource Efficiency (demonstration projects, pilot projects)
  • Nature and Biodiversity (best practice projects, demonstration projects, pilot projects)
  • Environmental Governance and Information (Information, Awareness and Dissemination)

The Climate Action sub-programme, with a budget of € 0.86 billion, covers three priority areas:

  • Climate Change Mitigation (best practice projects, demonstration projects, pilot projects)
  • Climate Change Adaptation (best practice projects, demonstration projects, pilot projects)
  • Climate Governance and Information (Information, awareness and dissemination projects)

In addition to the above categories of traditional projects, LIFE includes integrated projects, technical assistance projects, preparatory projects and capacity-building projects.