€280 million in EU funding for new LIFE projectsThe European Commission has approved an investment package of more than €280 million from the EU budget for new LIFE programme projects. The Commission has allocated approximately €220 million to projects on environment and resource efficiency, nature and biodiversity, and environmental governance and information. On climate action, it will invest more than €60 million to support climate change mitigation, adaptation and governance and information projects.
Media 101: working with journalists to promote your LIFE projectMedia relations is an effective means of getting your message across. The team behind LIFE 3n-Bullfrog realises this and has successfully raised awareness of how vital it is to control American bullfrog populations – an invasive alien species that threatens biodiversity in Flanders, Belgium.
Helping to save our planet: LIFE projects on the front lineClimate change is happening all around us. Polar ice shields are melting, and sea levels are rising. Extreme weather events like flooding, heatwaves and droughts are escalating. And, things look set to get worse in the coming decades. LIFE projects are working hard to alleviate the situation.
How LIFE is protecting European bat populationsSome of us fear bats. This is probably due to how strange they look and their secretive way of living. But bats are vital for biodiversity. They eat lots of insects, helping to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes, grasshoppers and other pests on farms. And many plants cannot survive without bats pollinating them and spreading their seeds.
EU reveals exceptional nature, environment and climate action projectsThe EU’s LIFE programme has announced the winners of the 2020 LIFE Awards. Now in their 14th year, the Awards recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in three categories: nature, environment and climate action.
When floods strike, LIFE is there to helpIn Europe, floods are on the rise due to climate change. These extreme weather events often result in human tragedy, loss of life and economic losses. The environment also suffers with wildlife habitats being destroyed and water bodies being polluted. Several LIFE projects are working hard to alleviate the situation.
New LIFE climate action projects: applicants seek nearly €500 million in EU fundingIn response to the EU LIFE programme’s 2020 call for climate action projects, the European Commission has received 258 new proposals. This represents a 55% rise on last year’s figures. It also shows a growing commitment to tackle and adapt to climate change.
Have a safe flight: helping migratory birds on their wayMigratory birds are vital for Europe’s biodiversity. Travelling thousands of kilometres each year, they pollinate plants, disperse seeds, and control pests. But their lives are at risk due to factors such as climate change, pesticides, power lines, intensive agriculture, and illegal poaching. Several LIFE projects are helping reduce the many threats these birds face.
Changing the rules: A new, green blueprint for waste management in EuropeSustainable waste management is a key part of any green business strategy. An international company based in Sweden has embarked on a LIFE project that shows how reducing the waste from your business can protect the environment while boosting profits.
LIFE at Ecomondo 2020: EU funding for your circular ideasOnce again, the LIFE programme will take part in Ecomondo, the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy. The expo will take place in Rimini, Italy, from 3 to 6 November 2020. It will bring together all sectors of the circular economy, from material and energy recovery to sustainable development.