LIFE programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion.


  • 27/01/2021

    A LIFEline for Europe’s threatened invertebrates

    Invertebrates are vital for pest control, pollination, soil creation and water filtration. But these species are rapidly declining across Europe due to loss of natural habitats, agricultural intensification, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change. LIFE projects have been working hard to reverse this trend. Below is a selection.
  • 20/01/2021

    Study: Bringing nature back through LIFE

    Nature is at a crossroads. We are losing plants and animals at rates far greater than at any other time in recorded history. The global population of wild species has fallen by 60% in just 40 years, and roughly one million species are at risk of extinction. LIFE projects are helping to counter this decline as can be seen in our new Bringing nature back through LIFE study.
  • 06/01/2021

    Food waste: beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    In Europe, around 30% of all fruit and vegetables are discarded each year just because of their appearance. The team behind Portugal’s FLAW4LIFE project has successfully worked with farmers, consumers, volunteers, and students to cut this waste by 2 600 tonnes. This compares to the annual amount of unused food from around 13 000 people.
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