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About the LIFE program

About the LIFE program

The LIFE program is the principal financial instrument of the European Union for supporting the implementation, updating and development of Community environmental policy and legislation and, in particular, with regard to the integration of the environment in other policies and to the sustainable development of the European Community, in addition to exploring new solutions to environmental problems at a community level through demonstration projects.

The LIFE program started in 1992 and was implemented in three phases: LIFE I (1992-1995), LIFE II (1996-1999), and LIFE III (2000-2006). During this period, LIFE has co-financed around 3,104 projects throughout the EU, providing approximately 2.2 billion Euros for the protection of the environment. The current phase of the LIFE+ program runs from 2007 - 2013 and has a budget of 2,143 billion Euros.

Thematic Areas of the LIFE program:

  • LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity.
  • LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance.
  • LIFE+ Information and Communication


The characteristics of the LIFE projects are:

  • They address a significant environmental issue.
  • They are innovative and demonstrative.
  • It is important to disseminate these projects to stakeholders and to society as a whole.
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