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Best LIFE-Nature / Information Projects 2015

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 27 Best LIFE-Nature / Information projects completed during 2015.

 

27 Best LIFE Nature / Information Projects

This Best LIFE-Nature / Information Projects aims to recognise the best projects that completed their work during the reference period 2015. 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 (in no particular order) have been selected by the Member States as "Best of the Best" LIFE Nature / Information projects that finished in 2015:

  The 6 "Best of the Best" LIFE Nature / Information Projects 2015
Award HUSEEDBANK -Establishment of the Pannon Seed Bank for the long-term ex situ conservation of Hungarian vascular wild plants
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Beneficiary: Research Centre for Agrobiodiversity

Award JUNIPERCY - Improving the conservation status of the priority habitat type 9560* (Endemic forests with Juniperus spp.) in Cyprus
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Department of Forests, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment
Award VENENO NO - Action to fight illegal poison use in the natural environment in Spain
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Sociedad Española de Ornitología      

Award Biomass use for Aquatic W -Facilitating Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) habitat management through sustainable systems of biomass use
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP)
Award Boreal Peatland Life - Restoring the Natura 2000 network of Boreal Peatland Ecosystems "Boreal Peatland Life"
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Metsähallitus, Natural Heritage Services
Award BEST FOR BIODIVERSITY - Biodiversity Protection in Forest Areas, Including Nature 2000 Areas - Promotion of Best Practices
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Centrum Koordynacji Projektów Środowiskowych

The following projects have been selected by the Member States as "Best" Nature / Information Projects projects 2015:

The 21 "Best" LIFE Nature / Information Projects 2015
Mostviertel- Wachau - Living space in the rivers of Mostviertel- Wachau
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung Abteilung Wasserbau
Streuobstwiese Albvorland - Protection of Wild Birds in Traditional Orchards of the Central Swabian Alb Foothills and the Central Valley of the Rems River
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart

LIFE FOR THE BURGAS LAKES - Ensuring Conservation of Priority Bird Species and Coastal Habitats at the Bourgas Natura 2000 Wetland Sites
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
VULTURES' RETURN - Recovery of the Populations of Large European Vultures In Bulgaria
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Green Balkans Stara Zagora Non-Profit Organisation
Riparian habitats - Conservation and Restoration of 11 Natura 2000 Riparian and Wetland Habitats in 10 SCI's Bulgarian Forests
project summary | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Executive Forestry Agency
Rohrschollen Island - Restoration of the dynamics of Rhine alluvial habitats on Rohrschollen island
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  City of Strasbourg        

LIFEAQUILA - Restoring populations of Lesser Spotted Eagle at chosen areas of Natura 2000
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Beneficiary:  Regionalna Dyrekcja Lasów Państwowych w Białymstoku
MoorLIFE - Active blanket bog restoration in the South Pennine Moors
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Peak District National Park Authority
CAP DOM - Conserving French overseas threatened bird species and their habitats using demonstrative conservation tools
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux
Falco cherrug B-H-R-S - Conservation of Falco cherrug in Northeast Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Bükk National Park Directorate
COORNATA - Development of coordinated protection measures for Apennine Chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata)
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: ENTE PARCO NAZIONALE DELLA MAJELLA
Ochrona bociana białego - Protection of the white stork population in the OSO Natura 2000 Ostoja Warmińska
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary:  Regionalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Środowiska w Olsztynie
Pustynia Błędowska - Active conservation of priority sand habitats complex (6120, 2330) in the Natura 2000 site "Błędowska Desert"
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Beneficiary: Gmina Klucze
Polskie Ostoje Ptaków - Protection of water and marsh birds in five national parks - reconstructing habitats and curbing the influence of invasive species
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences
WETMAN - Conservation and management of freshwater wetlands in Slovenia
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Slovenian Institute for Nature Conservation
APOMARINA_SK - Conservation of Aquila pomarina in Slovakia
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Raptor Protection of Slovakia
SOIL-Montana - Agroecosystems health cards: conservation of soil and vegetal diversity in mountain and bottom valley grazing areas
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: NEIKER - Instituto Vasco De Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario, S.A.
RARITY - Eradicate Invasive Louisiana Red Swamp and Preserve Native White Clawed Crayfish in Friuli Venezia Giulia
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Fisheries Protection Agency of Friuli-Venezia Giulia
LANDLIFE - Boosting Land Stewardship as a Conservation Tool in the Western Mediterranean Arch: a Communication and Training Scheme
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori (XCT; "Land Stewardship Network")
AQUAVIVA - Live Water - from Biodiversity to the Tap
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: LUTRA, Inštitut za ohranjanje naravne dediščine
Futurescapes - Promoting the development of green infrastructure in 34 priority areas throughout the UK
project summary | website | layman's report | project clip
Beneficiary: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

 

How were the projects selected?

Scoring of completed LIFE-Nature projects began in 2004, 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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