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LIFE – Biodiversity in the Outermost Regions and the Overseas Countries and Territories – 2021

The LIFE Programme is EU's framework programme for environment and climate action. It aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where net emissions will be zero by 2050 and economic growth will be decoupled from resource use.

32 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

Countries eligible to the programme:

  • Overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
  • Associated countries and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

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Priorities and funded actions


To set up a small grant facility for projects in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation.


Priority 1 – Provide specific support for the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of ecosystem services, including for climate adaptation.

Priority 2 – Empower the local stakeholders to define and implement projects tailored to their respective challenges and to address effectively concrete conservation problems.

Priority 3 – Stimulate the inclusion of the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources into decision-making, and mainstream issues across all sectors of the local economies and policy-making frameworks.

Priority 4 – Contribute to the achievement of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted at the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Among financed actions

  • Implement outcome-oriented effective measures that lead to direct and sustainable improvements of the status of wildlife species and natural habitats in terrestrial, inland water, coastal and or marine areas; introduce and apply nature-based solutions; and/or strengthen the policy framework for nature restoration and conservation and/or promote sustainable use of ecosystem services
  • Implement and/or ensure coherence with the relevant National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and other applicable national biodiversity plans and strategies
  • Increase the extent, connectivity and effective management of protected areas (e.g. developing and implementing management plans for the sites) when targeting site related activities, contributing to the development of a network of protected areas on land and at sea
  • Engage local authorities and civil society organisations which are committed in local development and biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem services
  • Introduce measures to improve knowledge, and/or financing and/or investments in biodiversity conservation, restoration and sustainable use

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: up to 120 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be active in the areas of nature conservation and climate change
  • Be active in EU’s ORs and OCTs located in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Amazon, Pacific, Polar and Subpolar and Macaronesian Regions
  • Amount of the grant: 32 million euro
  • Amount of the small grants to be rewarded: up to 100,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate for the small grants: up to 95% of the total eligibile costs

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