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How to get european funds in the fields of environment and sustainable development?

Jean Pierre Dutruge, Managing director of ENVIROPEA

ENVIROPEA is mandated by the french Ecology, Energy, Sustainability and Territory Development Ministry. What is your field of action for the projects leaders?

Each year, since 2003, the EESTM has entrusted us an assistance mission to organisations expecting to submit an application under the LIFE programme (and now LIFE +). In 2008, this mission has been enlarged to the whole parts of the LIFE + programme (nature and biodiversity, politics and governance, information and communication). Lire_La_Suite

ENVIROPEA is mandated by the french Ecology, Energy, Sustainability and Territory Development Ministry. What is your field of action for the projects leaders?

Each year, since 2003, the EESTM has entrusted us an assistance mission to organisations expecting to submit an application under the LIFE programme (and now LIFE +). In 2008, this mission has been enlarged to the whole parts of the LIFE + programme (nature and biodiversity, politics and governance, information and communication).

This mission is taken in charge by the Ministry; so we work for free for projects leaders up to 2 assistance days by project. After the deposit of the case at the EESTM (on November 21st), we check the submission offer, and make the latest improvements before their transfer to the Commission (January 5th, 2009). Finally, we will assist the project leaders in the negotiation phase with the Commission on spring 2009.
What are the different European funding programmes in the environment and sustainability fields?


The environment must be integrated in the whole european policies, and so in the whole financing instruments that support these policies. Nevertheless, some programmes are more dedicated to some environment thematic : except LIFE + ( the instrument dedicated to the european policy for environment), we can quote the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) with the Eco-innovation part and Intelligent Energy Europe, the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for Environment and Energy parts under Cooperation sub-programme. The European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) is also concerned because we can find sustainability parts including support to various environmental thematic (climatic change, energy efficiency, biodiversity, sustainable transports, urban environment for example) in numerous regional operational programmes. The choice between funding instruments depends on the innovation development phase and on demands requested for each instrument (transnationality for example).
What are the advices you may give to the project leaders expecting to propose their submission in the environment or sustainability fields?


First of all, project leaders must clearly and precisely define objectives, expected results and outputs in relation with environmental improvements. It is also important to have indicators, monitoring and evaluation tools for results and environmental impacts.
Then, they should make sure that the project and its developments will be sustainable, once the european financing is over.
To know and to understand european grants logic (as for the national or regional fundings), it is essential to read available guidelines on the websites (the EESTM has translated in french some of these guides for LIFE +).
At least, project leaders have to think about everything that could give a european added value to their project, as the challenge, the objectives, the issues in the partners hip and the dissemination actions.
Enviropea is an association, created in 2002, that informs and communicates on the European Programmes concerning Environment, and assists projects leaders in this field.

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