LIFE project beneficiaries have a number of obligatory and recommended communication requirements which are listed in detail below.
We also encourage you to share news and stories about your LIFE project with us through our social media channels - Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also send an email to EASME-LIFE-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu to inform us about your news or provide any material you may have (press releases, photos, videos, graphics etc.).
All LIFE projects are required to have a web presence (either a dedicated website, or as part of an existing website). It should provide details of the project’s objectives, actions, progress and results, and it should feature the LIFE logo (and Natura 2000 logo for projects in Natura 2000 sites).
The website needs to be online within 6 months of the start of the project and should be updated regularly. The beneficiary is obliged to keep the website online for 5 years after the project ends.
Also known as on-site panels or interpretation boards, noticeboards describing the project should be displayed in strategic places accessible to the public.
The LIFE logo should always appear on them. For actions taking place in Natura 2000 sites or with the objective of improving the integrity of the Natura 2000 network, the Natura 2000 logo should also appear.
Projects are obliged to network with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects.
Networking activities can include visits, meetings, information exchange, and/or other such activities with an appropriate number of other relevant LIFE projects (ongoing or completed).
It may also include similar exchanges with other non-LIFE projects and/or participation in information platforms related to the project objectives (including at international level where justified).
End of project report
At the end of the project, a report of 5-10 pages (Layman’s report) should be produced summarising the work and results of the project as well as its long term environmental benefits. The report should be written for a general audience, in English and another relevant official language of the beneficiary and should avoid using jargon and complicated sentences.
The report should include all relevant information: name and project number, duration, total cost, EU contribution and contact details.
Powerful images and different voices (i.e. quotes from various stakeholders, partners or volunteers) help to visualise and maximise the impact of the report.
The report must be published in print and electronic format.
LIFE projects funded from 2014 onwards (including preparatory, integrated, capacity building and climate action projects, but excluding technical assistance projects), must produce an After-LIFE Plan as a separate chapter of the final report.
- For best practice projects, the After-LIFE Plan shall set out how the actions initiated in the LIFE project will be continued and developed in the years that follow the end of the project, and how the longer-term management of the site(s)/habitats/species will be assured.
- For pilot and demonstration projects, the After-LIFE Plan shall, in addition, set out how the dissemination and communication of the results will continue after the end of the project. It should give details regarding what actions will be carried out, when, by whom, and using what sources of finance.
For all projects, the After-LIFE plan should:
- present an overview of the project and an assessment of the situation at the end of the project;
- define the after-LIFE objectives and methodology;
- identify funding needs and sources of funds;
- meet the contractual requirements of this task.
LIFE & Natura 2000 logos
If your project receives funding from the LIFE programme, you must display the LIFE logo in all your communication on the project e.g. on websites, social media and noticeboards, in print material and presentations. Whenever possible, the logo should be accompanied with the following text:
‘The [project name] project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union.’ or an equivalent translation.
For nature conservation and biodiversity projects in Natura 2000 sites, you should also display the Natura 2000 logo.
- Natura 2000 logo in JPG format
- Natura 2000 logo in PDF format
- Natura 2000 logo in TIF and EPS formats
General data protection
As of 25 May 2018, anyone who collects or in any way uses for professional purposes personal data of individuals must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).