At the end of each project, the European Commission and the LIFE national contact points assess the project’s impact based on a set of criteria.
These criteria measure:
- the project’s contribution to immediate and long-term environmental, economic and social improvements;
- its degree of innovation and transferability;
- its relevance to policy; and
- its cost-effectiveness.
The most successful LIFE projects become “Best LIFE projects”. From among the “Best LIFE projects”, the European Commission selects the “Best of the Best LIFE projects” that have achieved the greatest benefits for the environment and climate. They are the winners of the LIFE awards that are celebrated in Brussels every year.