Environment and Climate action (Life) 2014-2020

FIELDS:
  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environment, Consumers and Health
BUDGET: € 3.456, 66 million (current prices); € 3.057, 2 million (2011 prices)
GENERAL OBJECTIVE:

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; to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to catalyse and promote integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing their capacity; to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:

Sub-programme I: Environment:

  1. Environment and Resource Efficiency: to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, best practices, and solutions to environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed, including with respect to the link between environment and health, and in support of resource efficiency-related policy and legislation; to support the application, development, testing and demonstration of integrated approaches for the implementation of plans and programmes pursuant to Union environmental policy and legislation, primarily in the areas of water, waste and air;to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of Union environmental policy and legislation, and for the assessment and monitoring of the factors, pressures and responses that impact on the environment within and outside the Union;
  2. Biodiversity: to contribute to the implementation of Union policy and legislation in the area of biodiversity, including the Union Biodiversity Strategy 2020, in particular by applying, developing, testing and demonstrating approaches, best practices and solutions; to support the further development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network set up, in particular the application, development, testing and demonstration of integrated approaches for the implementation of the Prioritised Action Frameworks; to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of Union biodiversity policy and legislation, and for the assessment and monitoring of the factors, pressures and responses that impact on the biodiversity within and outside the Union
  3. Environmental Governance and Information: to promote awareness raising on environmental matters, including generating public and stakeholders support to Union policy-making in the field of environment, and to promote education for sustainable development; to support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of environment, and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful environmental solutions and practice, including by developing cooperation platforms between stakeholders and training; to promote and contribute to a more effective compliance with and enforcement of Union environmental legislation, in particular by promoting the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches; to promote better environmental governance by broadening stakeholder involvement, including NGOs, in policy consultation and implementation.

Sub-programme II: Climate Action:

  1. Climate Change Mitigation: to contribute to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on mitigation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change mitigation;to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective mitigation actions and measures and to enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice; to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for mitigation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level; to contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative mitigation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
  2. Climate Change Adaptation: to contribute to the development and implementation of Union policy and legislation on adaptation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices, and solutions, for climate change adaptation; to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective adaptation actions and measures and to enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice; to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for adaptation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level; to contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative adaptation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed. 3.Climate Governance and Information: to promote awareness raising on climate matters, including generating public and stakeholders support to Union policy-making in the field of climate, and to promote education for sustainable development; to support communication, management, and dissemination of information in the field of climate and to facilitate knowledge sharing on successful climate solutions and practice, including by developing cooperation platforms between stakeholders and training; to promote and contribute to a more effective compliance with and enforcement of Union climate legislation, in particular by promoting the development and dissemination of best practices and policy approaches; to promote better climate governance by broadening stakeholder involvement.
ELEGIBLE PARTNERS:

Private and public bodies

ELEGIBLE COUNTRIES:

Member States EFTA (EEA) Candidate countries Potential candidates Acceding countries to the Union Countries to which ENP applies Member countries of European Environmental Agency.

SUPPORTED ACTIONS:

Pilot projects; demonstration projects; best practice projects; integrated projects primarily in the areas of nature, water, waste, air, and climate change mitigation and adaptation; technical assistance projects; preparatory projects.

CO-FINANCING:

The maximum co-financing rate for LIFE projects will be 70 % of eligible costs. By way of exception, the co-financing rate for Integrated Projects and preparatory projects will be up to 80 % of eligible costs. The 75 % LIFE co-financing for priority habitats and species has been removed because the focus of the new LIFE sub-programme for Environment is now on the Natura 2000 network rather than on specific species or habitats.

RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG: Environment
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