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The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
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Why is a Paris suburb scrapping an urban farm to build a car park?

Why is a Paris suburb scrapping an urban farm to build a car park? | LIFE | Scoop.it
With the UN climate conference putting Paris in the eco-spotlight this year, the impending closure of R-Urban, a project at the forefront of urban sustainability, seems curious timing
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R-Urban project (LIFE10 ENV/FR/000215)

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LIFE Programme at Green Week 2015

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LIFE Programme at Green Week 2015.

 

Green Week is three days of workshops, presentations and networking. This year it was held again at the EGG in Brussels, and several LIFE projects set up stands to share their experiences with attendees.


The importance of Green Week was highlighted by the presence of two EU Commissioners. Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the Commission, gave a keynote speech in which he emphasised the importance of sustainable development.

 

Karmenu Vella, the Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries also took time out to meet exhibitors.


The second evening played host to the 10th Best and Best of LIFE Nature and LIFE Environment Awards -- ably compered by Peter Woodward.


Karl Falkenberg, who presented the LIFE Environment awards, paid tribute to the quality of the winners.


For the first time this year, LIFE Community Awards voted for by the public, were presented In the Nature category And for Environment.


And the last word goes to Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive of the BirdLife International Partnership, who presented the LIFE Nature awards

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Bulgarian LIFE project reduces threat to imperial eagle

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Bulgarian LIFE project reduces threat to imperial eagle


03 August 2015Technical works to safeguard the imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) along its flyways in Bulgaria are underway at a second site as part of the ongoing project LIFE for safe grid (LIFE12 NAT/BG/000572). The project’s long-term goal is to ensure an increase in the species’ population in Bulgaria by reducing its main threat – death from uninsulated power lines.
An opening ceremony for this latest site was held on 23 June 2015, in Topolovgrad, a municipality in south-eastern Bulgaria, close to one of the imperial eagle habitats. The event was attended by the Mayor Bozhin Bozhinov, as well as representatives of the project beneficiary, energy supplier, EVN Bulgaria Elektrorazpredelenie EAD and partner, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).
The works involves replacing three overhead power lines with almost 50 km  of underground cables. This includes nearly 17 km of so-called PAS system insulated conductors. Additionally, safety devices, or spacers (bird rests) will be added to ensure maximum safety for the birds. Another important benefit for the area’s 10 or so towns and villages will be a significantly improved power supply due to the laying of the underground cables, which are better protected against extreme weather conditions.
In Bulgaria, some 26 breeding pairs of the globally endangered imperial eagle species have been recorded. They are found mainly the regions of Sakar and West Strandzha in the south and south-eastern areas. The project website has more information about the actions being undertaken. To learn more about the protection of the imperial eagle, see the BSPB website.

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LIFE information and networking event in Morocco

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LIFE information and networking event in Morocco


12 August 2015Current and potential LIFE beneficiaries are invited to participate in a LIFE information session in Morocco in the second half of September 2015 (date to be confirmed). The aim of the event, which is organised by the government of Morocco in cooperation with the European Commission and EASME, is to facilitate networking between EU-based organisations and relevant Moroccan stakeholders and to raise awareness about shared environmental and climate concerns.
LIFE Regulation (Article 6) opens up the possibility for financing activities outside the EU, provided that they are necessary to achieve EU's environmental and climate objectives. Thus, the scope of a project to solve an environmental problem in Europe could encompass action in Morocco (e.g. working on wintering grounds of listed bird species that migrate to the EU).
To participate in this event, please contact Maja Mikosińska (maja.mikosinska@ec.europa.eu). Participants are invited to make a presentation about their current or previous LIFE project. Please note that no budget provision is foreseen to cover travel and other expenses. Participants are expected to cover all their costs. 

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NCFF Introduction Webinar, save the date!

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NCFF Introduction Webinar, save the date!

18 August 2015 The NCFF will be presented by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank during a live webinar on 3 September 2015. The NCFF finances pro-biodiversity and pro-climate change adaptation projects across Europe. The webinar will among others provide you with information about:
The project categories which can benefit from NCFF financing;
The NCFF eligibility criteria;
The NCFF Support Facility;
The application process to access to NCFF financing.
It will also offer you a unique chance to ask your questions about the NCFF to representatives from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. Register your interest asap as places are limited.
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LIFE and Climate change mitigation

LIFE and Climate change mitigation | LIFE | Scoop.it
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In anticipation of the award of the first action grants from the LIFE sub-programme for Climate Action, the latest LIFE Environment Focus publication takes an in-depth look at LIFE's work till now in support of climate change mitigation. 

The LIFE and Climate change mitigation brochure gives an overview of EU climate policy and provides a host of best practice examples from more than 200 featured projects from across the European Union. 

With a foreword by EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, the 88-page publication includes interviews with representatives of DG Climate Action and with NGOs active in the field. These highlight the climate mitigation challenges ahead and LIFE's role in the transition to low-carbon agriculture. 

LIFE climate change mitigation project examples are divided by theme, with chapters on strategies and plans at local, regional and national level; energy; transport; agriculture and forestry; the role of peatlands and wetlands as carbon sinks; and projects involving enterprises.

Each of these chapters highlights useful lessons from completed LIFE projects and potential areas of focus for future funding. As such it is essential reading for practitioners, policy-makers and all those with an interest in the work that the European Union is doing to fight climate change.

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The summer issue of LIFEnews 2014

The summer issue of LIFEnews 2014 | LIFE | Scoop.it
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The summer issue of LIFEnews looks at the topic of climate change mitigation and adaptation. The lead article focuses on a LIFE platform meeting in the UK about the ecosystem services approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The second article features interviews with Mette Quinn, Deputy Head of DG CLIMA's Climate Finance and Deforestation Unit, and Juan Pérez Lorenzo, Policy Officer from the Adaptation Unit.

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LIFE work programme for 2014-2017 is approved

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LIFE work programme for 2014-2017 is approved

19 March 2014The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 has been adopted by a Commission Decision on 19 March 2014, after having received a positive opinion of the Committee for the LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate Action on 17 February 2014. The work programme applies from the date of its adoption and enters into force as of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will be published in all EU languages with the exception of Irish.

The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 sets the framework for the next four years for the management of the new LIFE Programme 2014-2020. It contains an indicative budget, explains the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes – for Environment and for Climate Action. The total budget for funding projects during the period covered amounts to €1.1 billion under the sub-programme for Environment and €0.36 billion under the sub-programme for Climate Action.

For the first time LIFE project funding also will be provided through innovative financial instruments. The LIFE Environment sub-programme contributes to one such instrument, the pilot Natural Capital Financing (NCFF) financial instrument, which falls under the Nature and Biodiversity project area and will help finance biodiversity projects, amongst other things. The work programme also features an indicative timetable for the calls for proposals for action and operating grants as well as for the two pilot financial instruments covered by it. The first calls are scheduled for May/June 2014.

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Top 5 LIFEnews stories of 2013

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In 2013, LIFEnews, the monthly LIFE newsletter, once again covered a wide range of key themes relating to the LIFE programme and EU environmental and nature conservation policy and practice. Here we count down the five most read articles of the year.

In fifth place is an article from March 2013 previewing the Climate Action sub-programme that has been introduced by the new LIFE Regulation for the period 2014-2020. Mette Quinn and Dominik Mayer from the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), spoke about the objectives for the sub-programme and the timeline for its implementation. Preparing for LIFE's new Climate Action sub-programme

The fourth most-read article appeared in the May 2013 edition of the newsletter and focused on the important issue of how best to combine the demands of farming with the needs of nature conservation. It focused in particular on the experiences shared by projects participating in a LIFE Platform Meeting on the theme of nature conservation and agriculture held in Angers, France. The two-day gathering highlighted how LIFE projects have worked closely with farmers to protect valuable bird species and restore important habitats, including grasslands and wetlands. Farming for LIFE: Combining nature conservation and farming

Growing interest in an important new type of communication is reflected in our third most viewed LIFEnews article of 2013, An introduction to LIFE and social media. Appearing in September's issue, the feature provides a selection of useful lessons and good practices from LIFE projects across the EU that have communicated with stakeholders and the wider public using contemporary tools such as Facebook and Twitter.

The New Biogeographical Process attracted even more reader attention, with an overview article, published in the summer edition of LIFEnews (July-August 2013), ranking second for the year just gone. François Kremer, Natura 2000 Policy Coordinator at the European Commission’s Nature Unit, outlined the aims of the process, which focuses on the management of Natura 2000 network sites within Europe's biogeographical regions. An overview of the New Biogeographical Process

Which brings us to the most read article in LIFEnews last year, focusing on the hot topic of sustainable hunting. The feature, published in the April 2013 issue of the newsletter, rounded up the contributions to sustainable hunting practices made by a range of LIFE projects. These examples, from a number of EU Member States, illustrate LIFE's capacity to raise awareness and facilitate working partnerships between nature and hunting interests. LIFE helps lead the way towards sustainable hunting practices

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Environment - LIFE Focus : Long-term impact and sustainability of LIFE Nature

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January 2014 - 60 pages

The latest LIFE Focus publication takes stock of the achievements to date of the LIFE Nature strand of the LIFE programme. Titled Long-term impact and sustainability of LIFE Nature, the 60-page brochure provides a user-friendly snapshot of the detailed assessments contained in the ex-post (after project’s end) evaluations of LIFE projects.

This evaluation process involves visits by experts from the LIFE Monitoring Team to a random sampling of completed LIFE Nature projects a number of years after they have finished. Some 9% of all LIFE Nature projects have been evaluated thus far. As well as outlining the history and methodology of the ex-post evaluation process, this new publication draws on the results of that qualitative research, backed up by new interviews with key stakeholders across several EU Member States, to highlight the lessons that can be learned in terms of LIFE Nature's long-term impact and sustainability at both project and programme level.

These lessons include the impact of LIFE on species and habitats, the effect of large-scale investments, LIFE's role in capacity-building (with a particular focus on newer Member States) and long-term success factors for projects, such as good project design and engagement with stakeholders.

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Environment - LIFE : Top 5 LIFEnews stories of 2013

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27 January 2014 In 2013, LIFEnews, the monthly LIFE newsletter, once again covered a wide range of key themes relating to the LIFE programme and EU environmental and nature conservation policy and practice. Here we count down the five most read articles of the year.

In fifth place is an article from March 2013 previewing the Climate Action sub-programme that has been introduced by the new LIFE Regulation for the period 2014-2020. Mette Quinn and Dominik Mayer from the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), spoke about the objectives for the sub-programme and the timeline for its implementation. Preparing for LIFE's new Climate Action sub-programme

The fourth most-read article appeared in the May 2013 edition of the newsletter and focused on the important issue of how best to combine the demands of farming with the needs of nature conservation. It focused in particular on the experiences shared by projects participating in a LIFE Platform Meeting on the theme of nature conservation and agriculture held in Angers, France. The two-day gathering highlighted how LIFE projects have worked closely with farmers to protect valuable bird species and restore important habitats, including grasslands and wetlands. Farming for LIFE: Combining nature conservation and farming

Growing interest in an important new type of communication is reflected in our third most viewed LIFEnews article of 2013, An introduction to LIFE and social media. Appearing in September's issue, the feature provides a selection of useful lessons and good practices from LIFE projects across the EU that have communicated with stakeholders and the wider public using contemporary tools such as Facebook and Twitter.

The New Biogeographical Process attracted even more reader attention, with an overview article, published in the summer edition of LIFEnews (July-August 2013), ranking second for the year just gone. François Kremer, Natura 2000 Policy Coordinator at the European Commission’s Nature Unit, outlined the aims of the process, which focuses on the management of Natura 2000 network sites within Europe's biogeographical regions. An overview of the New Biogeographical Process

Which brings us to the most read article in LIFEnews last year, focusing on the hot topic of sustainable hunting. The feature, published in the April 2013 issue of the newsletter, rounded up the contributions to sustainable hunting practices made by a range of LIFE projects. These examples, from a number of EU Member States, illustrate LIFE's capacity to raise awareness and facilitate working partnerships between nature and hunting interests. LIFE helps lead the way towards sustainable hunting practices

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European Council approves LIFE Programme

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09 December 2013 The European Council has adopted a regulation that establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices.

The programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme and other relevant EU environment and climate strategies and plans.

The ‘Environment’ strand of the new programme covers three priority areas: environment and resource efficiency; nature and biodiversity; and environmental governance and information. The ‘Climate Action’ strand covers climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; and climate governance and information.

The programme also consists of a new category of projects, jointly funded integrated projects, which will operate on a large territorial scale. These projects will aim to implement environmental and climate policy and to better integrate such policy aims into other policy areas.

The adopted regulation also establishes eligibility and the criteria for awards as well as a basis for selecting projects. The programme is open to the participation of third countries and provides for activities outside the EU. It also provides a framework for cooperation with international organisations.

In June 2017, the European Commission will carry out an external and independent mid-term evaluation report and by December 2023 an ex-post evaluation report covering the implementation and results of the LIFE Programme.

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LIFE creating green jobs and skills

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The latest LIFE Focus publication highlights the relevance of LIFE Environment project actions in helping to create durable jobs and develop green skills across the EU. As its title suggests, LIFE creating green jobs and skills provides a host of practical examples of project actions that provide a blueprint for the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient economy, as well as illustrating the added social and economic value of the LIFE programme, the EU’s financial instrument for the environment.

 
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NCFF Introduction Webinar, save the date!

NCFF Introduction Webinar, save the date! | LIFE | Scoop.it

The NCFF will be presented by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank during a live webinar on 3 September 2015. The NCFF finances pro-biodiversity and pro-climate change adaptation projects across Europe. The webinar will among others provide you with information about:

The project categories which can benefit from NCFF financing;The NCFF eligibility criteria;The NCFF Support Facility;The application process to access to NCFF financing.

It will also offer you a unique chance to ask your questions about the NCFF to representatives from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. Register your interest asap as places are limited. 

For more information about the NCFF, click here.   

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2015 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants: FAQ now published

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2015 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants: FAQ now published


27 July 2015The most useful Frequently Asked Questions have been published today as a downloadable PDF document.
All applicants wishing to submit a LIFE 2015 proposal are kindly reminded to consult the 2015 FAQs section on a regular basis throughout the preparation period, or to subscribe to our RSS, where new versions will be announced as they become available.
The 2015 FAQ is available here.

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EWWR awards recognise six inspirational waste-reducing initiatives

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EWWR awards recognise six inspirational waste-reducing initiatives


07 August 2015Six initiatives from across Europe won the 2014 European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) Awards, an annual prize given by the project Life EWWR+ (LIFE12 INF/BE/000459). This year’s awards were presented during a two-day conference in Budapest on ‘new approaches to national waste management’ (held 27-28 May). The conference was organised by Life EWWR+ project partners, the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+) and the Hungarian National Waste Agency. The winners were recognised for their outstanding awareness-raising activities regarding waste reduction as implemented during the 2014 EWWR.
This annual week of EU-wide action was launched in 2009 by the earlier LIFE project, EWWR (LIFE07 INF/F/000185), with activities aimed at citizens, authorities, businesses, schools and other relevant stakeholders. LIFE EWWR+ builds on the success of this initial project, continuing to raise awareness about the importance of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).
The 2014 award-winners included: Strasbourg Detention Centre, France (reducing food waste in prison); the Belgian food donations platform, Foodwe.org; Unilever Food Solutions (Flanders, Belgium)’s United Against Waste Challenge; Bethlen Gábor ÚÁG Kincskereső Tagiskolája, in Budapest, Hungary (4th One week for waste reduction - 600 clicks for the environment); José Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Badalona, Spain (Minimisation of uneaten hospital meals); and in the individual category, Brussels citizen Yacine Canamas, who, with his family, lived for one year without waste bins. For more information about the EWWR and all the finalists, click here.
The next European Week for Waste Reduction will take place from 21-29 November 2015.

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Rare petrel released in Réunion

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Rare petrel released in Réunion


18 August 2015 An extremely rare bird, the focus of a LIFE project, has been released from a care centre on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The Mascarene black petrel (Pseudobulweria aterrima), a species endemic to the island, had been taken into the centre for observation after it was grounded. The attraction of city lights is believed to be the reason that several young petrels, mostly Barau’s petrel (Pterodroma baraui), have fallen to ground in recent months.
The care centre is run by the Société d'Etudes Ornithologiques de La Réunion, a partner in the ongoing project LIFE+ Petrels (LIFE13 BIO/FR/000075) that was launched to prevent the extinction of both species of petrel. Island residents were involved in the rescue of the grounded birds. The Mascarene black petrel was found in the town of Salazie by an islander (4 July) and brought to the centre to recover before being released six days later.
The Mascarene black petrel is one of rarest bird species in the world and is listed as being in critical danger of extinction by the IUCN. It was considered to have disappeared from Réunion for more than 70 years but was rediscovered in 1970. The recent grounding of an individual was the first since 2004.
The Mascarene black petrel population is estimated to be 10-50 pairs, but to date no nest has been discovered. The species is threatened by increasing urbanisation and predation by introduced species such as cats and rats. Led by the Parc national de La Réunion, the LIFE project has been set up to control these invasive species and demonstrate innovative management practices that will benefit the petrel populations. The conservation measures engage local stakeholders in efforts to reduce threats to the species.
The project is also expected to increase understanding of the target petrel populations as well as raising awareness of its conservation needs.

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LIFEnews December 2014/ January 2015

LIFEnews December 2014/ January 2015 | LIFE | Scoop.it
This edition of LIFEnews focuses on winter issues. The lead article looks at two projects tackling street dust and environmental problems caused by road de-icing. The second article reports on work to safeguard the Arctic fox in the EU.
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This edition of LIFEnews focuses on winter issues. The lead article looks at two projects tackling street dust and environmental problems caused by road de-icing. The second article reports on work to safeguard the Arctic fox in the EU.

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New publication: LIFE and invasive alien species

New publication: LIFE and invasive alien species | LIFE | Scoop.it
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The latest LIFE Nature Focus publication takes a timely look at one of the greatest threats to Europe's biodiversity, ecosystem services, human health and economic activities. The 76-page LIFE and invasive alien species brochure links the work of LIFE projects with the aims of the new EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation. 

There are an estimated 1200-1800 IAS in Europe and the impact of such species is of growing concern. The LIFE programme has been addressing the problems posed by invasive alien species for more than two decades. Indeed, in that time some 265 LIFE projects have included measures to deal with IAS, ranging from steps to prevent their spread to control and eradication actions in places where invasive alien species are already present and having a negative impact on native species and habitats. LIFE also provides a deep well of learning on trans-border cooperation, dissemination and awareness-raising efforts with regards to IAS. 

This new brochure examines the lessons learned from the LIFE programme's extensive experience of dealing with the impacts of IAS. As such it is essential reading for policymakers and practitioners in this field. 

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LIFE and Air quality

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LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU
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The latest LIFE Focus publication highlights the work of the LIFE programme in tackling threats to Europe's air. Titled LIFE and air quality, the 72-page brochure focuses on LIFE's role in helping to effectively and cost-effectively implement the extensive body of EU policy instruments relating to air.   

The publication includes an insightful introduction to the topic, including interviews with an air quality expert from the European Environment Agency and one of the participants in a pioneering pilot exercise designed to help European cities better implement EU air policy. 

Thematic chapters look at LIFE's contribution to air quality across a number of key sectors: transport and urban mobility; monitoring and modelling; capacity building; encouraging behavioural change; agriculture; and industry, waste and energy This programme-level analysis is supported by specific project examples from across the EU, including in-depth case studies that can serve as an inspiration to policy-makers and project leaders, farmers and enterprises, organisations and citizens throughout Europe.

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LIFEnews February 2014

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The February edition of LIFEnews looks at the role of the programme in improving air quality across the EU. In our lead article we speak to Scott Brockett, a team leader in the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment, about the EC's new Clean Air Policy Package. In our second article we hear from Guido de Wilt, a policy officer in DG Environment, about a recent platform meeting held in Berlin on alternative future urban mobility.

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LIFEnews January 2014

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N° 1 December 2013/ January 2014

In this month's LIFEnews we talk to the Head of the LIFE Nature Unit, Angelo Salsi, and the Head of the LIFE Environment Unit, Hervé Martin, about the new LIFE programme for 2014-2020 and the achievements of the programme period ending in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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Environment - LIFE Focus : LIFE and Soil protection

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2014 - 68 pages

With issues such as erosion, soil sealing, carbon capture and contaminated land of growing public concern and policy focus, this brand-new LIFE Focus publication takes a timely look at LIFE and Soil protection.

The 68 page brochure includes an overview of EU soil policy, analysis of LIFE's contribution to its implementation and interviews that link soil science to policy-making to practical action. It also addresses in detail the impact of LIFE actions relating to all the key issues around soil sustainability, including: land take and soil sealing; soil biodiversity; carbon capture; soil monitoring; soil and water protection; sustainable agriculture; and land contamination.

The publication thus provides an opportunity to highlight and assess the LIFE programme's contribution to soil protection to date, including proposals for ways in which project outcomes may be better channelled and have an even greater impact in future.

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LIFEnews November 2013 - Soil

LIFEnews November 2013 - Soil | LIFE | Scoop.it
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This month's LIFEnews looks at the issue of soil. In our lead article we present a round-up of a recent soil platform meeting held in Greece. In our second article we speak to Thomas Strassburger, a policy officer at the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment, about the LIFE programme's contribution to soil and the need for legislation.

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LIFE and human coexistence with large carnivores

LIFE and human coexistence with large carnivores | LIFE | Scoop.it
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The latest LIFE Focus publication highlights the role of LIFE Nature funding in helping to conserve Europe’s endangered large carnivores (brown bear, wolf, Eurasian lynx), by addressing actual and potential conflicts with people living in areas where these species are present.
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