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LIFE – Nature and Biodiversity – 2021

The LIFE programme for 2021-2027 is the EU’s framework funding programme for the environment and climate change.

2022-03-10
3 million euro
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Appeal framework

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

Countries eligible for the grant:

  • Listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries);
  • 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

Objectives

  • To address the following specific needs and Policy Priorities identified by the Member States in the
    sub-programme Nature and Biodiversity:

    • Forest Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes;
    • Preparing the basis for EU guidance and standardisation on closing the gap in the biological cycle to enrich soils with high quality compost from collected organic waste;
    • Promoting Natural Capital Accounting synergies across businesses and government applications.

Priorities

  • Priority 1: Collect national experiences as well as results of relevant EU-funded projects on PES schemes and analyse their strengths and weaknesses; Propose a set of guidance/recommendations on how PES schemes can be promoted in the EU funding programmes for the Multiannual Financial Framework post 2027;
  • Priority 2: In synergy with the entry into force of the obligation for separate collection of organic waste in 2023, and while complying with thresholds for contaminants set in the EU Fertilizers Regulation, it will:
    • Consolidate the existing knowledge for closing the biological cycle to soil while minimizing contaminants, using compost from organic waste in soil;
    • Provide an off-the-shelf reference set of best practices, conceived, tested and validated in cooperation with relevant actors at EU-level for urban areas to boost the transformation and use of high quality compost obtained from the collection of clean organic waste, to enrich soils and replace non-renewable growing media (such as extracted peat), while respecting the waste hierarchy and the regulation on fertilizing products, and acting as locally as possible.
    • The set of best practices will be used as basis for EU guidance for regional and local administration to close the gap from clean organic matter to soil, and, eventually, standards for bio-waste entering recycling processes for compost and digestate.
  • Priority 3: Enhance synergies between corporate and national environmental or natural capital serving a dual purpose of direct relevance to the European Green Deal:
    • Provide a comprehensive dashboard comprising a coherent set of environmental performance indicators that allow measuring and managing the total impact and dependency (footprint) of a national or regional economy or sector for a given period and across the supply chain including all relevant key environmental areas (e.g. air, water, land and biodiversity);
    • Develop synergies between the system of environmental economic accounts and corporate standardized natural capital management accounting practices being developed through the parallel LIFE funded (Transparent) programme responding to the European Green Deal call and promoted through the EU Business and Biodiversity.

Among financed actions 

  • Proposing a set of guidance/recommendations on how PES schemes can be promoted in the EU funding programmes for the Multiannual Financial Framework post 2027;
  • Proposing a set of best practices to boost the transformation and use of high quality compost obtained from the collection of clean organic waste, to enrich soils and replace non-renewable growing media, while respecting the waste hierarchy and the regulation on fertilizing products, and acting as locally as possible;
  • Providing a comprehensive dashboard comprising a coherent set of environmental performance indicators that allow measuring and managing the total impact and dependency (footprint) of a national or regional economy or sector for a given period and across the supply chain including all relevant key environmental areas ( e.g. air, water, land and biodiversity); Develop synergies between the system of environmental economic accounts and corporate standardized natural capital management accounting practices being developed through the parallel LIFE funded (Transparent) programme responding to the European Green Deal call and promoted through the EU Business and Biodiversity.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months.

Eligibility

  • Be a legal entity (public or private);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries.
Financement
  • Total budget of the call: 4.8 million euro
  • Total budget of the topic: 3 million euro
  • Amount of the grant:
    • Forest Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes: up to 500,000 euro;
    • Preparing the basis for EU guidance and standardisation on closing the gap in the biological cycle to enrich soils with high quality compost from collected organic waste: up to 1.5 million euro;
    • Promoting Natural Capital Accounting synergies across businesses and government applications: up to 1 million euro.
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

 

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