LIFE programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. LIFE contributes to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and laws by co-financing projects with European added value. Since its creation in 1992, LIFE has been through different funding periods. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion.


  • 21/02/2019

    LIFE in UK and Finland twinning to restore peatland

    Peatland and other wetlands are a critical natural resource which lock up twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests. They provide habitat for many valuable species and act as natural buffers for flooding. Restoration and long-term conservation requires shared best practices and careful monitoring.
  • 18/02/2019

    Bringing new life to old mines

    Mining provides the EU with crucial raw materials, but its effects on landscapes and ecosystems are drastic. A LIFE project in the Valencia region is testing new techniques to restore inactive mines and allow biodiversity to return.
  • 15/02/2019

    EU invests € 116.1 million to improve the quality of life of Europeans

    New LIFE programme funding will unlock more than € 3.2 billion of additional support to 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects in ten Member States to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.The European Commission today announced an investment of € 116.1 million for the latest integrated projects to be funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support projects in Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia.Read the full press release
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