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Best LIFE-Nature Projects 2013

Best of the best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee, together with the LIFE Unit, have identified the 13 Best LIFE-Nature projects completed during 2013.


13 Best LIFE Nature Projects

This Best LIFE-Nature Projects aims to recognise some of the best LIFE Nature projects that completed their work during the reference period 2013. All projects completed within the reference period were initially technically assessed by the LIFE Unit's External Assistance Team to produce a first list of Best Projects. The final selection was undertaken by the Member States. The following projects in chronological order have been selected by the Member States as "Best of the Best" Nature Projects projects 2013:

  The 4 "Best of the Best" LIFE Nature Projects 2013
Award PLTHautes-Fagnes - Rehabilitation of heaths and mires on the Hautes-Fagnes Plateau
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Direction Générale Opérationnelle "Agriculture, Ressources naturelles et Environnement" DGO3 - Departement de l'Etude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole DEMNA
Award HAPPYFISH - Saving life in meanders and oxbow lakes of Emajõgi River on Alam-Pedja NATURA2000 area
web summary | website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus/Wildlife Estonia
Award AMIBIO - Automatic acoustic monitoring and inventorying of biodiversity
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: University of Patras / Wire Communications Laboratory
Award PROM.SUS.FIS.PR.PRESPA - Halt the decline of fish biodiversity, in the Prespa basin, by promoting sustainable fishery practices in compliance with EU policy
web summary | website | Layman's report
Beneficiary: Society for the protection of Prespa

The other nine projects, which will be awarded 'Best' LIFE project status, are in chronological order:

The 9 "Best" LIFE Nature Projects 2013
Houting - Urgent actions for the endangered Houting "Coregonus oxyrhunchus"
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Danish Nature Agency, Waddensea (Naturstyrelsen, Vadehavet) 

Aquatic Warbler project - Conserving Acrocephalus paludicola in Poland and Germany
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków        

Kokemäenjoki-LIFE - From Ancient to the Present Estuary, Kokemäenjoki Wetland Chain
web summary | layman's report
Beneficiary: Centre of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for South-western Finland

FINMARINET - Inventories and planning for the marine Natura 2000 network in Finland
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Suomen ympäristökeskus

ConShagAudMIBAGR - Concrete Conservation Actions for the Mediterranean Shag and Audouin's gull in Greece including the inventory of relevant marine IBAs
web summary | website | layman's report

EstepÁrias - Conservation of Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Lesser Kestrel in the Baixo Alentejo cereal steppes
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Liga para a Protecção da Natureza          

SAFE ISLANDS FOR SEABIRDS - Safe islands for seabirds/ Initiating the restoration of seabird-driven ecosystems in the Azores
web summary | website | layman's report
Beneficiary: Sociedades Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves          

PLANT-NET CY - Establishment of a Plant Micro-reserve Network in Cyprus for the Conservation of Priority Species and Habitats.
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Environment Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment 

Netze des Lebens - Biotope networks - networks of life : promoting a forest corridor system with a European perspective
web summary | website
Beneficiary: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)           


How were the projects selected?

Scoring of completed LIFE-Nature projects began in 2007, using a set of criteria developed by the Commission. These criteria include: improvement of the conservation status of the species/habitats targeted at project sites; the short-term leverage effect of the project ie additional resources mobilised during the project; the extent to which the species/habitats targeted at project sites have attained long-term sustainability and fully favourable conservation status; the long-term leverage effect ie resources and support mobilised to maintain and reinforce the improvements of conservation status in the long-term; regional/national/international impact.

All completed projects are initially assessed by the LIFE Unit’s external monitoring team the Astrale consortium. The monitors rank all the projects that end during the reference period to produce a first list of 20-25 "Best" projects. The final selection is undertaken by the Member States, each "Best" project being further evaluated by at least two Member States, and an average score is established also taking into account the monitors' evaluation. The 5 top-scoring projects are the 5 "Best of the Best" projects.

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