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Best LIFE-Nature Projects 2010

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 18 Best LIFE-Nature projects completed during 2010.

 

18 Best LIFE Nature Projects

This Best LIFE-Nature Projects aims to recognise some of the best LIFE Nature projects that completed their work during the reference period 2010. All projects completed within the reference period were initially technically assessed by the LIFE Unit’s External Assistance Team to produce a first list of Best Projects. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States. From the 18 "Best" projects, 6 projects were selected as being "Best of the Best" projects. These are, in no particular order:

  The 6 "Best of the Best" LIFE Nature Projects 2010
Award BurrenLIFE
Farming for conservation in the Burren
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: National Parks and Wildlife ServiceDept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Award Lippe-Aue
Optimisation of the pSCI "Lippe flood plain between Hamm and Hangfort"
web summary | website| Layman's report
Beneficiary: Stadt Hamm, Umweltamt
Award BASSES
Management and conservation of temporary ponds in Minorca
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Conselleria de Medi Ambient
Award RPWHI
Restoring Priority Woodland Habitats in Ireland
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Coillte Teoranta - The Irish Forestry Board
Award STREAM
River Avon cSAC: demonstrating strategic restoration and management
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: English Nature
Award Lince Moura/Barrancos
Recovery of Iberian Lynx habitat in Moura/Barrancos Site
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Liga para a Protecção da Natureza

The following projects (in chronological order) are "Best" LIFE Nature projects 2010:

The 12 "Best" LIFE Nature Projects 2010
Donauwaelder
Alluvial forests and slope forests of the Upper Danube Valley
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Land Oberösterreich
Quebranta Andalucía
Preliminary actions and reintroduction of the bearded vulture
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Fundación Gypaetus
LIFE TBFPA
Headwater streams and faunistic Heritage associated
web summary | website| layman's report
Beneficiary: Parc Naturel régional du Morvan
Apron II
Programme for the conservation of the Rhône-Apron (Zingel asper) and its habitats
web summary | website| layman's report
Beneficiary: Conservatoire Rhône-Alpes des Espaces Naturels (CREN)
EAGLELIFE
Arrangement of spotted eagles and black stork conservation in Estoniay
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Estonian Ornithological Society
EPU (HNP)
Grassland restoration and marsh protectin in Egyek-Pusztakócs
web summary
Beneficiary: Hortobágy National Park Directorate
Fpmswe
Freshwater Pearl Mussel and its habitats in Sweden 
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Världsnaturfonden WWF
Life plateau de Montselgues
Preservation of the heathlands, peatlands and bats of Montselgues
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Conservatoire Rhône-Alpes des Espaces Naturels - Antenne Drôme-Ardèche
SAVEDP
Pelecanus crispus Romania - Saving Pelecanus crispus in the Danube Delta
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority
ROSORIS
Natural meadows and pastures of Östergötland - restoration and maintenance
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Länsstyrelsen Östergötland
REMAB
Restoration of Meadow Bird Habitats
web summary | layman's report
Beneficiary: Skov- og Naturstyrelsen
Canal de Castilla
Wetland restoration and management: Canal de Castilla Special Protection Area
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Fundación 2001 Global Nature

How were the projects selected?

Scoring of completed LIFE-Nature projects began in 2007, using a set of criteria developed by the Commission. These criteria include: improvement of the conservation status of the species/habitats targeted at project sites; the short-term leverage effect of the project (ie additional resources mobilised during the project); the extent to which the species/habitats targeted at project sites have attained long-term sustainability and fully favourable conservation status; the long-term leverage effect (ie resources and support mobilised to maintain and reinforce the improvements of conservation status in the long-term); regional/national/international impact.

All completed projects are initially assessed by the LIFE Unit’s external monitoring team (the Astrale consortium). The monitors rank all the projects that end during the reference period to produce a first list of 20-25 "Best" projects. The final selection is undertaken by the Member States, each "Best" project being further evaluated by at least two Member States, and an average score is established (also taking into account the monitors' evaluation). The 5 top-scoring projects are the 5 "Best of the Best" projects.


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