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Thursday, October 19, 2006

LIFE 2006:The European Commission selected the projects for LIFE-Nature, LIFE-Environnement and LIFE-Third Countries

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News The European Commission has approved funding for 61 nature conservation projects, situated in 20 Member States under the LIFE-Nature programme, for 50 new environmental innovation projects in 14 countries under the LIFE-Environment programme and for for 16 new environment projects in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions, under the LIFE-Third Countries programme.

The projects funded within the LIFE-Nature programme will restore protected nature areas and their fauna and flora, establish sustainable management structures and strengthen public awareness and co-operation with stakeholders. They will thus further contribute to the protection of biodiversity in Europe - and more particularly improve the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of protected sites. The selected projects are situated in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. They represent a total investment of €141.6 million, of which the EU will cover €70.1 million. The Commission received 228 proposals for LIFE Nature funding from partnerships of conservation bodies, government authorities, NGOs and other parties. Sixteen of the 61 selected projects involve two or more countries. Most projects aim at restoring Natura 2000 sites or networks of sites, designing and implementing management plans, improving watercourses, laying the foundation for long-term site management and eliminating invasive species. A number of projects are aimed at improving the conservation status of particularly threatened wildlife species. Natura 2000 is an EU-wide network of special areas of conservation and protection. It was set up under the EU Habitats Directive and incorporates sites identified under the Birds Directive. Altogether, it comprises more than 20,000 sites and covers close to 20% of EU territory. Natura 2000 is the cornerstone of the EU policy to protect Europe’s biodiversity. The projects funded within the LIFE-Environment programme will demonstrate new methods and techniques for dealing with a wide diversity of Europe’s environmental problems. The projects are based in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. They represent a total investment of €214 million, of which the EU will provide just under €66 million. The Commission received 464 proposals for funding through the LIFE-Environment programme from a wide range of public and private sector organisations. The projects selected by the Commission will apply ground-breaking technology to solve environmental problems. Projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of economic activities (15) take the largest share of EU funding (approximately €24 million). Water management is the second most popular theme with 15 projects (€18.5 million). A further 14 projects deal with waste management, sharing around €15 million. Three projects address the reduction of the environmental impact of products and services (€5 million). Finally, three projects cover land-use development and planning (€3 million). The projects funded within the LIFE-Third Countries programme will be implemented in Albania, Algeria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Russia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey, including two international projects. They represent a total investment of nearly €10 million - of which over 60% comes from the EU. The projects aim to improve the environment in these countries and support sustainable development by creating or strengthening institutions, policies, monitoring tools, training facilities, networks, and databases. They address major environmental issues, from waste management and air pollution prevention and control, to river basin management and sustainable tourism, as well as promoting harmonisation with EU environmental regulations. More information:

Source :  European Commission




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