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LIFE beneficiaries must meet the following communication requirements:

Project results must be included in a website, which should be updated as the project progresses. The web address where the main results of the project are available to the public must be indicated in the project reports (e.g. summary and detailed activity reports, Layman's report, etc.). For models of effective LIFE project websites, visit the Good examples page.

In addition to the website, the beneficiary is obliged to publicise the project and its results always mentioning the Community support. Details of this activity must be given in each project activity report.

Towards the end of the project, beneficiaries are obliged to produce a Layman's Report in paper and electronic versions. This is a 5-10 page report in English and the beneficiaries' language targeted at a non-specialist audience, including political decision-makers, outlining the main results of the project. The final report must contain the layman's report in paper and electronic format.

LIFE-Environment demonstration projects are obliged to produce an After-LIFE Communication Plan in paper and electronic format at the end of the project, presented in the project's language(s) (obligatory) and in English (strongly recommended). It sets out how the beneficiary plans to continue disseminating and communicating results after the end of the project, and indicates what external support could be helpful.

LIFE-Nature projects are obliged to produce an After-LIFE Conservation Plan in paper and electronic format at the end of the project, presented in the project's language(s) (obligatory) and in English (strongly recommended). It sets out how conservation activities are planned to continue and to develop after the end of the project, and how the longer-term management of the site(s) will be assured. It should give details regarding what actions will be carried out, when, by whom, and using what sources of finance.

Communication materials must clearly reference LIFE financial support and include the LIFE logo. For audio-visual material, the credits at the beginning or at the end shall include an explicit and readable mention of the LIFE support (e.g. “With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community”). This logo may not be referred to as a certified quality label or eco-label. The use of the LIFE logo shall be restricted to dissemination activities.

All documents produced by a LIFE-Nature project must bear the Natura 2000 logo. The project’s importance in terms of establishing the Natura 2000 network must also be described.

The beneficiary must also erect and maintain notice boards describing the project at the locations where it is implemented and at strategic places accessible and visible to the public. The LIFE logo shall appear on them at all times.

The beneficiary and partners are obliged to inform the Commission of, and invite it without payment of registration fees or other fees, to all seminars and public conferences organised in the framework of the project at least three weeks in advance of the event.

The Commission, with a view to promoting the use of techniques or models favourable to the environment, attaches great importance to the beneficiary making documents, patents and know-how available in the Community as soon as they are available, on non-discriminatory and reasonable commercial conditions.

Should the beneficiary, for no legitimate reason, refuse to give access to these products or to grant licences under these conditions, the Commission reserves the right to apply the rules in Article 14 SAP/CP or, if the project has ended, to demand full or partial repayment of the Community contribution.

In addition, the following activities are recommended:

  • Organisation of local community events, such as public information meetings, meetings with interest groups and guided visits.
  • Workshops, seminars and conferences should have a clear output (summary reports, journal articles, etc.) and offer significant networking benefits.
  • Technical articles on the project in trade and specialist journals.
  • Project videos in DVD format, possibly also available in MPEG format.
  • Media work: the beneficiary should work with the media at the most appropriate level to ensure best coverage of the project's results.

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