Communication is an important part of EU-funded projects. LIFE programme beneficiaries have a number of obligatory and recommended communication requirements which are listed in detail below.
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.
Examples of effective project websites:
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 projects which take place in Natura 2000 sites or promote the Natura 2000 network, the Natura 2000 logo should also appear.
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.
- LIFE logo in JPG format
- LIFE logo in JPG black and white version
- LIFE logo in PDF format
- LIFE logo in EPS, AI and TIF formats
The logo colours are:
- Blue: # 004494; C 100, M 80, Y 0, K 0; R 0, G 68, B 148
- Yellow: # ffed00; C 0, M 0, Y 100, K 0; R 255, G 237, B 0
A limited number of LIFE flags and stickers are available for beneficiaries to increase the visibility of the EU funding. Send and email to EASME-LIFE-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu.
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 JPG/ Black and white version
- Natura 2000 logo in PDF format
- Natura 2000 logo in TIF and EPS formats
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).
Example of effective networking
You can also send an email to EASME-LIFE-ENQUIRIES@ec.europa.eu to inform us about your news or provide any material you may have (press releases, photos, videos, graphics etc.).
At the end of your project
At the end of a LIFE-funded project, beneficiaries have to:
- Present the results of their project in a Layman’s report, and
- Set out, in the After-LIFE plan, how they will continue to communicate the results after the end of the project.
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).
- Guidelines and Q&As on GDPR
- Information on GDPR for companies and organisations
- GDPR library
- List of national data protection authorities
Further advice and guidance
- How to communicate your LIFE project: watch the recording of our webinar
- 8 top tips for communicating your project: