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Best LIFE-Nature Projects 2014

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 13 Best LIFE-Nature projects completed during 2014.

 

17 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 2014. 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. The following projects have been selected by the Member States as "Best of the Best" Nature Projects projects 2014:

  The 5 "Best of the Best" LIFE Nature Projects 2014
Award BSPB LIFE+ SAVE THE RAPTORS - Conservation of imperial eagle and saker falcon in key Natura 2000 sites in Bulgaria
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Beneficiary: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/ BirdLife Bulgaria
Award CONVIPURSRAK - Conservation of Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis) in the Carpathian-basin
web summary | website | Layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület
Award Estuarios del Pais Vasco - Restoration of habitats of Community interest in the Basque Country's estuaries.
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Departamento de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio. Gobierno Vasco.
Award URSUSLIFE - Best practices and demonstrative actions for conservation of Ursus arctos species in Eastern Carpathians, Romania
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Vrancea Environmental Protection Agency
Award Thalassa - Thalassa Campaign: Learn, Act, Protect/Awareness, Educational and Participation Campaign for Marine Mammals in Greece
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study & Protection of the Monk Seal

The other twelve projects, which will be awarded 'Best' LIFE project status, are :

The 12 "Best" LIFE Nature Projects 2014
ReHa Federseemoor - Restoration of habitats in the Federsee bog (ReHa Federseemoor)
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Regierungspräsidium Tübingen
JUNICOAST - Actions for the conservation of coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. in Crete and the South Aegean (Greece)
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

AlterIAS - Increase awareness to curb horticultural introductions of invasive plants in Belgium
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Université de Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT)
BulPlantNet - A Pilot Network of Small Protected Sites for Plant Species in Bulgaria Using the Plant Micro-reserve Model
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
INFOMS - Unified information and communication system for nature conservation in NUTS II Moravia-Silesia
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Moravskoslezský kraj - Krajský úřad
TOTAL COVER HELNÆS - Restoring semi-natural habitat types to a total cover of site Helnæs
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Nature Agency/Naturstyrelsen      

Riparia-Ter - Recovery of riparian habitats of the Ter river
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  CONSORCI ALBA-TER        

Raised Bogs - Restoration of Raised Bog Habitats in the Especially Protected Nature Areas of Latvia
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  University of Latvia
CAPR - Conservation of Aquila pomarina in Romania
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)           

MIRDINEC - Management of the invasive Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in the north-European countries
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management
SloWolf - Conservation and surveillance of conservation status of wolf (Canis lupus) population in Slovenia
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  University of Ljubljana, Biotehniška fakulteta, Oddelek za biologijo
Saimaan lohikalojen - Promoting sustainable salmon fishing practices on Lake Saimaa
web summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Pohjois-Karjalan elinkeino-, liikenne-ja ympäristökeskus

 

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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