The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992.
The LIFE Programme has been delegated to the new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency.
The LIFE Programme shall in particular have the following general objectives:
- to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of the Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;
- to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector’s capacity;
- to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;
- to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.
The sub-programme for Environment
I Environment and Resource Efficiency
II Nature and Biodiversity
III Environmental Governance and Information
The sub-programme for Climate Action
I Climate Change Mitigation
- Climate Change Adaptation
III. Climate Governance and Information
The multiannual work programme for 2018-20 increases LIFE’s budget for nature conservation and biodiversity by 10% compared to the previous work programme. In parallel, the total number of project topics in the environment sub-programme has come down from 87 to 42.
Another marked change from previous years is the introduction of a two-stage application procedure for traditional projects under the environment sub-programme: Candidates present a lighter outline of their work at the first step of the application process. They receive feedback on this outline and, if successful, they submit the full version of their proposal.
The current LIFE Programme was set up by the 2014-2020 Regulation that establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the funding period 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices.
The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2018-2020 details the current funding priorities. It clarifies budgets by specifying what kind of projects can receive support within the sub-programmes for environment and climate action. In total, €1 243.81 million are earmarked for work on nature conservation and environmental protection, and a further €413.25 million for climate action.
Detailed information on the LIFE Program is available on the following websites:
European Commission website on LIFE (in English): https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/life/
The website of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management devoted to the LIFE program (in Polish): http://www.nfosigw.gov.pl/oferta-finansowania/srodki-zagraniczne/instrument-finansowy-life/