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LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.Read more >>

EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

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01 June 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action.

 

 

 

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Combating 'shameful' food waste

Food waste

15 October 2018 “Food waste is not only unethical; it is a shameful waste of natural and economic resources,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, at the recent LIFE platform meeting on food waste in Budapest. He added that it has no place in the EU, where 55 million people go without a quality meal every second day.

 

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Safer roads for Greek drivers and bears

Photo: ARCTOS/KASTORIA Photo: ARCTOS/KASTORIA

9 October 2018 Greece is home to Europe’s most southerly population of the brown bear (Ursus arctos). The country’s Kastoria district is an important area for the species, forming a natural corridor between sub-populations in Greece and the Western Balkans.

 

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New solutions from LIFE at ECOMONDO 2018

Photo: LIFE-PSLOOP Photo: LIFE-PSLOOP

9 October 2018 A host of LIFE projects are at the green technologies expo, ECOMONDO, next month. They will be showcasing their solutions reduce waste, noise, greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful environmental impacts.

 

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Preventing food waste benefits the environment and economy

Photo: LIFE TRiFOCAL Photo: LIFE TRiFOCAL London

4 October 2018 The EU is committed to halving the amount of food waste per capita in Europe in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Food savings are required across the chain, from reducing production losses to reducing the amount of food that is thrown away.

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Reducing the carbon footprint of energy-intensive industries

 Photo: H-REII DEMO Photo: H-REII DEMO

2 October 2018 Energy-intensive industries are responsible for a large share of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions. This means they have a key role to play in implementing the EU's roadmap to decarbonisation.

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Biodegradable films to save crops and cut farming costs

Photo: LIFE MULTIBIOSOL Photo: LIFE MULTIBIOSOL

27 September 2018Spanish researchers have created a plastic film that protects crops before biodegrading completely after harvest.

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Building a better LIFE with citizen science

Photo: Volha Kaskevich Photo: Volha Kaskevich

26 September 2018Online technology has led to a boom in citizen science. Can LIFE direct that voluntary interest in recording the world around us in ways that better support the implementation of nature policy? That was one of the topics under discussion at a LIFE platform meeting on volunteering for nature conservation.

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EU food sector raises the bar on biodiversity

Photo: Pixabay Photo: Pixabay

25 September 2018Environmentally-friendly farming practices such as lining fields with hedges and rotating crops are finding their way into mainstream agriculture.

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Climate Action project applicants seek nearly €200 million from LIFE

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18 September 2018 Applicants have submitted 124 proposals for traditional LIFE projects under the Climate Action sub-programme in the 2018 funding round. The deadline for applications was Wednesday 12 September. Half (62) of the proposals are for Climate Change Mitigation projects, with 51 for Climate Change Adaptation projects and the remaining 11 for the Climate Governance & Information (GIC) strand.

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Enabling invertebrates to play an essential role in ecosystems

Photo: Carlina HmouretPhoto: Carlina Hmouret

14 September 2018Bees, beetles, snails and other invertebrates make up 80% of the animal kingdom. Without them – and their crucial services like pollination and pest control - our ecosystems would collapse. This means that conserving bugs is of vital importance to us all – or at least it should be.

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New app for greener travel by public transport

Photo: Phil Richards/CC BY-SA 2.0Photo: Phil Richards/CC BY-SA 2.0

13 September 2018 Public transport use is relatively low in Greece. LIFE GreenYourMove is hoping to change this with its new web platform and smartphone applications, designed to help users make the most environmentally-friendly journeys on public transport, and so c ut greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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How LIFE is improving our seas

LIFE and the marine environmentPhoto: LIFE SAMBAH

10 September 2018 “Clean and healthy oceans are crucial to the wellbeing of our planet,” says European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.

From boosting biodiversity to stopping marine litter, LIFE is making a big contribution to EU efforts to achieve 'good environmental status' for marine waters. Now these success stories have been brought together in one publication: LIFE and the marine environment.

 

Bringing soils back to life

Photo: ECOREMEDPhoto: ECOREMED

04 September 2018Toxic pollutants from industrial waste can accumulate in fields and enter food chains, raising serious public health concerns. ECOREMED’s innovation was to grow combinations of pollutant-removing plants and trees to rehabilitate contaminated soils in Campania, southern Italy.

 

 

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Bringing PVC-free blood bags one step closer

Photo: PVCFreeBloodBagPhoto: PVCFreeBloodBag

03 September 2018Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden’s Jamtland region, a partner of the LIFE project PVCFreeBloodBag, is taking the next steps in its mission to create a new, safer blood bag.

 

 

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New developments in ship recycling

Photo: Recyship Photo: Recyship

30 August 2018Recycling techniques for end-of-life ships developed by a LIFE project are now being used by shipyards in Spain to dismantle fishing vessels and support ships.

 

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Changing lives for a changing climate

Photo: EKO-LIFEPhoto: EKO-LIFE

27 August 2018Based in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, the EKO-LIFE project found a novel way to address climate change, while supplementing existing policies and actions.

 

 

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Waste sludge finds new life as biofuel

Photo: EffiSludge for LIFEPhoto: EffiSludge for LIFE

21 August 2018Treating wastewater from industrial plants is an expensive business, requiring a lot of energy and generating high carbon emissions. EffiSludge for LIFE has a solution to this – converting waste sludge from the process into biogas.

 

 

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Plant-fibre guardrails hit EU roads

Photo: BG4USPhoto: BG4US

21 August 2018An unusual sight now greets drivers travelling down the N272 in North Brabant, the Netherlands. One of the first bio-based safety guardrails installed in Europe lines a 20-metre stretch on both sides of the road.

The construction replaces metal elements from conventional guardrails, notably substituting their environmentally problematic zinc oxide coating.

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Hydrogen-powered bin lorries move closer to market

Photo: LIFE'N Grab HyPhoto: LIFE'N Grab Hy

20 August 2018A transnational LIFE project plans to start testing two hydrogen-powered bin lorries in Eindhoven this October. Led by the NGO, WaterstofNet, the LIFE'N Grab Hy project is demonstrating a zero-emission and low noise alternative to traditional refuse collection vehicles.

 

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Patchwork landscape management protects rare butterflies

Photo: Marián-FilípekPhoto: Marián-Filípek

17 August 2018Large areas of flower-rich grassland still exist in mountain ranges in Central Europe. These provide an important refuge for endangered insects, but their long-term survival depends on appropriate land management.

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Greening processed food production

Photo: LIFE ECO-DHYBATPhoto: LIFE ECO-DHYBAT

10 August 2018The food processing industry’s biggest impact on the environment comes from cleaning and disinfection. While this is vital for food hygiene and safety, it consumes vast amounts of water, energy and chemicals. Cleaning and sanitisation also releases undesirable chemicals into the environment, and generates wastewater and greenhouse gases.

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Training fishermen to save sea turtles

Photo: LIFE Kleine Nete Photo: TARTALIFE

09 August 2018Commercial fishing has unintended negative consequences for sea turtles. An estimated 200 000 turtles die every year in the Mediterranean after being accidentally caught in fishing nets. The Italian Marine Science Institute led a project called TARTALIFE to tackle unnecessary turtle deaths, focusing on the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in particular. This involved showing fishermen what to do in case of accidental capture and how to use devices to prevent such by-catch occurring.

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In with the old, out with the new in Kleine Nete

Photo: LIFE Kleine Nete Photo: LIFE Kleine Nete

06 August 2018The Kleine Nete is a lowland river situated in the Flemish Campine region. The river valley consists of heathland and moors in higher areas and valley ecosystems along the stream.

"One of the unique things about the Kleine Nete is that there is still freshwater tidal influence, which means the river is affected by tides," said Wout Opdekamp, project coordinator of the LIFE Kleine Nete project. "This, combined with the connectivity to heathlands, makes it a very special area. You can find species like the summer snowflake, which is an inhabitant of freshwater tidal systems, and only a few hundred metres along on you can find dry heath species."

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Beer project gives fizz to the circular economy – cheers!

Photo: LIFE-Brewery Photo: David San Martin

30 July 2018 International Beer Day is a celebration of all things to do with brewing. This year we can invite the Spanish project LIFE-Brewery to the party. It is re-using beer waste streams to reduce the environmental impact of brewing, an after effect of beer that is perhaps less widely considered.

The LIFE project is demonstrating the contribution that brewing can make to the circular economy by showing that by-products in the brewing process can be used in food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and animal feed production.

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Reusing seagrass for 'hyper-local' homes on Formentera

Photo: LIFE Reusing Posidonia Photo: CRAM

26 July 2018The Balearic island of Formentera has successfully tested ‘hyper-local’ architecture and the use of local Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica), as part of a bid to revolutionise architecture and foreground environmental considerations in the building industry.

The award-winning initiative to build 14 dwellings was developed under the LIFE-funded Reusing Posidonia project.

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Paris coats roads to tackle heat and traffic noise

Photo: C-LOW-N ASPHALT Photo: C-LOW-N ASPHALT

17 July 2018 The city of Paris, France, is testing its streets for temperature and noise levels in preparation for a road coating that could counter urban heat islands and halve the noise emitted by traffic.

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Important information to all potential applicants for Integrated Projects (IPs)

Integrated Projects

13 July 2018 The deadline for the submission of Concept Notes for Integrated Projects (IPs) is in two months' time (05/09/2018).

Given the reduced number of IP applications, we will be able to provide the same level of assistance to every applicant currently preparing their IP Concept Notes.

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LIFE's marine explorers protect more Maltese waters

Photo: OCEANA-LIFE BaĦAR for N2K Photo: OCEANA - LIFE BaĦAR for N2K

12 July 2018Malta has increased the size of its protected marine areas by more than  650 km2, reaching over a third of its waters, thanks to the project LIFE BaĦAR for Natura 2000. These areas are home to important seabed habitats in both coastal and deep waters.

An additional eight Natura 2000 marine protected areas (MPAs) have been designated for Malta, ensuring the preservation of dozens of newly found marine caves and reefs. The additional sites bring the amount of protected marine area in Malta to more than 4 100 km2.

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Restoring a natural haven in the city

Photo: LIFE+AGRICARBON Photo: LIFE EH-REK

9 July 2018The Arturówek Reservoirs in Łódź have long been a place of recreation for the city's inhabitants. "When I was child," says Professor Maciej Zalewski, leader of the EH-REK project, "the reservoirs were a place where you would come to and swim." As toxic algae blooms, harmful for human health, have spread in the intervening years, this prospect has become less appealing and even going for a walk in the area is not as pleasant as it once was, he adds.

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New life for the bears of the Pyrenees

Photo: PirosLIFE Photo: PirosLIFE

5 July 2018Six brown bear cubs were born in the Catalan Pyrenees in 2017, thanks in part to the actions of the PirosLIFE project. This took the total brown bear (Ursus arctos) in the Pyrenees to around 45 individuals - offering a real lifeline to Europe’s largest surviving large carnivore in this area of Spain and France.

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Untilled fields lock carbon underground

Photo: LIFE+AGRICARBON Photo: LIFE+AGRICARBON

2 July 2018A life-sized trial has shown that tilling soils is not necessary to maintain crop yields, but avoiding it can help tackle climate change.

So-called conservation agriculture has allowed Spanish farmers to match the food output of conventionally ploughed land, while cutting their production costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and locking more carbon in their soils.

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Orchids bloom again in Luxembourg

Photo:CC BY-SA 3.0/ Hectonichus Photo:CC BY-SA 3.0/ Hectonichus

21 June 2018The dry grasslands of south-east Luxembourg are home to an array of different species of orchid. These beautiful flowers include the lady orchid (Orchis purpurea), which favours the shade, the sun-loving bee orchid (Orchis apifera) and fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera), and the adaptable early-purple orchid (Orchis mascula).

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One thousand new concepts for LIFE projects

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20 June 2018Applicants have submitted more than
1000 concept notes for traditional LIFE projects under the Environment sub-programme. Some 54% of the concept notes are for Environment & Resource Efficiency projects, 30% for Nature & Biodiversity and the remaining 16% for the Environmental Governance & Information (GIE) strand.

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