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LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance - 2010
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2010. szeptember 1.
Feltöltve:  2010. május 6., 11:57:33
Szakmai terület:  Környezetvédelem (8)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia

LIFE+ is the European financial instrument for the environment, for the period from 1 January 2007 until 31 December 2013. The legal basis for LIFE+ is the Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007, published in the Official Journal of the European Union L149 of 9 June 2007.

LIFE+ is open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in the European Union. Project proposals can either be submitted by a single beneficiary or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary and one or several associated beneficiaries. They can be either national or transnational, but the actions must exclusively take place within the territory of the 27 Member States of the European Union.

LIFE+ covers both the operational expenditure of DG Environment and the co-financing of projects. According to Article 6 of the LIFE+ Regulation, at least 78 % of the LIFE+ budgetary resources must be used for project action grants (= LIFE+ projects).

LIFE+ is the European Community financial instrument supporting the Community environmental policy for the period 2007 – 2013. LIFE+ consists of three components:

(1) LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity,
(2) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, and
(3) LIFE+ Information and Communication.

LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance
aims specifically at contributing to the implementation, updating and development of European Union environmental policy and legislation, including the integration of the environment into other policies, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Furthermore, actions financed must have a European added value and be complementary to those actions that can be financed under other European Union funds during the period 2007-13.
LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance supports innovative or demonstration projects within the spirit of the Göteborg strategy , in particular those contributing to the Lisbon process and Europe 2020, by adding measurable social and economic benefits to environmental benefits and building on a knowledge based approach.

In relation to the objectives of the 6th Environmental Action Plan , the specific objectives of LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance call for proposals are as follows:

(a) to contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative policy approaches, technologies, methods and instruments;
(b) to contribute to consolidating the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of environmental policy and legislation;
(c) to support the design and implementation of approaches to monitoring and assessment of the state of the environment and the factors, pressures and responses that impact on it;
(d) to facilitate the implementation of European Union environment policy, with particular emphasis on implementation at local and regional level;

LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance support will be allocated to the best proposals in terms of innovative solutions for important environmental issues, leading to viable as well as qualitatively and quantitatively measurable concrete results. Proposals must be highly visible and technically and financially sound. They should incorporate the dissemination of knowledge. The demonstration character is particularly important; projects must be implemented on a technical scale that allows evaluation of technical and economic viability of large scale introduction. LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance is not directed at research or at investment in existing technology. LIFE+ aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and development results and widespread implementation, and to improve innovative solutions with a public dimension. The proposal should not be driven by the desire to seek a competitive advantages, but environmental solutions which should be actively disseminated to and taken up by other public actors.

Priority areas for LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance

1. Principal objective “Climate change”
Stabilise greenhouse gas concentration at a level that prevents global warming above 2°C.

Priority areas of action

• ensuring the implementation of EU commitments under UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol, and facilitating development of post 2012 implementation programme with a view on further reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions up to 2020;
• ensuring the adaptation of the EU economy and society, nature and biodiversity, water resources and human health to the adverse impacts of climate change (to a potential temperature increase of 2 °C resulting from increased greenhouse gas concentrations) and mitigating its impact;
• ensuring the implementation and use of market-based instruments in particular in order to achieve a cost-efficient emission reduction in a post 2012 framework.

2. Principal objective “Water”

Contribute to an enhanced water quality by developing cost-effective measures to achieve good ecological status in view of developing the river basin management plans under the Water Framework Directive (WFD).
Contribute to improving quantitative water management and water efficiency.
Contribute to decrease vulnerability of water and ecosystems to climate change impacts and other anthropogenic pressures.

Priority areas of action
• preparation of the WFD programmes of measures and integrating measures from parent directives such as e.g. the Urban Waste-water Treatment Directive, the Bathing Water Directive, the Drinking Water directive, the Plant Protection Products and Nitrates Directive, the Flood Directive and the IPPC Directive;
• development of best practice examples for sustainable use of hydropower based on ecologically based minimum flow requirements;
• development of best practice examples for improving long-distance fish migration;
• development of best practice examples to reduce eutrophication from diffuse sources;
• implementation of innovative technologies to reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture;
• development of innovative tools (technologies, practices, etc.) to improve water efficiency in households, agriculture and industry sectors;
• natural flood management and increase water retention by re-establishing floodplains and providing space for water in urbanised areas;
• improving the Nitrate Directive implementation, in particular focusing on the entire nitrogen cycle;
• development of innovative urban water treatment systems;
• development of innovative and cost-effective technologies for the improvement of the quality of drinking water;
• implementation of innovative measures of Integrated Coastal Zone Management;
• implementation of innovative actions for the improvement of bathing waters;
• implementation of innovative activities contributing to a "good environmental status" of marine water according to the Marine Directive;
• implementation of green/blue infrastructures, linking urban and rural areas, as well as marine and coastal areas (fish passes, restoration of river morphology, water retention in urban areas, restoration of links between water bodies and their flood- and marshplains)

3. Principal objective “Air”

Achieve levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on and risks to human health and the environment.

Priority area of action

implementing the Thematic Strategy on air pollution;
• to test technologies, methodologies and practices, which reduce air pollution and exposure of the population and/or the environment to poor air quality;
• purification of air by ecosystems

4. Principal objective “Soil”
Protect and ensure the sustainable use of soil by preserving soil functions, preventing threats to soil, mitigating their effects and restoring degraded soils.

Achieve a sustainable agriculture which will contribute, on one side, to the enhancement of the positive aspects for the environment and, on the other side, also contribute avoiding negative impacts and environmental risks.

Priority areas of action

• implementing the Thematic Strategy on the protection of soil (COM(2006)231, 22.9.2006); ensuring the protection of soil including soil biodiversity and the restoration of degraded soils;
• implementing the 'priority area' (former 'risk area') approach contained in the proposal for Soil Framework Directive (COM(2006)231, 22.9.2006) for the soil degradation processes;
• developing and implementing land use practices and techniques, particularly in farming and forestry production processes, which protect and improve the status of soil in terms of structure, organic matter, pollution, biodiversity, etc. This might include supporting farmers and foresters through pilot agro-environmental schemes, different types of environmental friendly agricultural management and technologies, reduction of residues coming from agriculture, etc.;
• developing and implementing land use practices in urban development, which protect and improve the status of soil.
• implementing the 'priority area' (former 'risk area') approach contained in the proposal for Soil Framework Directive (COM(2006)231, 22.9.2006) for the soil degradation processes;
• developing and implementing land use practices and techniques, particularly in farming and forestry production processes, which protect and improve the status of soil in terms of structure, organic matter, pollution, biodiversity, etc. This might include supporting farmers and foresters through pilot agro-environmental schemes, different types of environmental friendly agricultural management and technologies, reduction of residues coming from agriculture, etc.;

5. Principal objective “Urban environment”

Contribute to improving the environmental performance of Europe’s urban areas.

Priority areas of action
• contributing to a better implementation of existing EU environment policies and legislation at the local level by supporting and encouraging local authorities to adopt a more integrated approach to urban management, including the transport and energy sectors and green public procurement;
• contributing to urban green infrastructure, and its linkages to the peri-urban and rural countryside;
N.B. When dealing with green/blue infrastructures that aim directly at creating the necessary connectivity among Natura 2000 sites, the proposal should be submitted under LIFE+ Nature.
• contributing to 'greening' existing energy and transport infrastructure and strengthening the functionality of the spatially linked ecosystems

6. Principal objective “Noise”
Contribute to policy development and implementation on environmental noise.

Priority areas of action:
• to test technologies, methodologies and practices which reduce noise, especially in the urban environment;
• to prevent and reduce the harmful effects from exposure to environmental noise.

7. Principal objective “Chemicals"
Improve the protection of environment and health from risks posed by chemicals by 2020 by implementing chemicals legislation, in particular the REACH Regulation.

Priority areas of action
• enhancing science-policy integration and the transfer of results to provide a solid technical background in support of REACH ;

• development of non-toxic chemicals that can substitute toxic ones,
• safer handling of chemicals,
• a more economical or sustainable use of chemicals,
• ways of re-using chemical waste products
• innovation of low risk biocidal products
• eco-friendly delivery measures for the application of the active (biocidal) substance (i.e. precise delivery, no leaks)

8. Principal objective “Environment and health”

Develop the information base for policy on the environment and health (the Environment and Health Action Plan for 2004 to 2010).

Priority area of action
• human biomonitoring and data linkage on environment and health ;
• protection of the ozone layer to reduce negative health and environmental impacts;
• promoting the ecosystem services approach on projects targeted on health and human well-being.

9. Principal objective “Waste and natural resources”
Develop and implement policies designed to ensure sustainable management and use of natural resources and waste, improving the environmental performances of products, sustainable production and consumption patterns, waste prevention, recovery and recycling.
Contribute to the effective implementation of the Thematic Strategy on waste and natural resources.

Priority areas of action

• promoting sustainable use of natural resources, with a life-cycle approach, including environmental, social and economic aspects, in order to decouple environmental impact from economic growth;
• promoting waste prevention, recovery and recycling with a focus on life-cycle thinking, eco-design and the development of recycling markets;
• contributing to the implementation of European Union policy and legislation on waste, in particular the Landfill Directive, the Waste Framework Directive, the Waste Shipment and POPs Regulations and the Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS), End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), Packaging, Hazardous Waste, Waste Oils, PCBs and mining waste;
• implementing the new Waste Framework Directive, including a particular focus on the application of the waste hierarchy in waste policies, waste prevention and the implementation of recycling targets for household waste, as well as for construction and demolition waste;
• managing manure to generate end-products easily reusable in agriculture allowing better nutrient management

10. Principal objective “Forests”
Provide, especially through an EU coordination network, a concise and comprehensive basis for policy relevant information on forest in relation to climate change (impact on forest ecosystems, mitigation, substitution effects), biodiversity (further develop the existing baseline information and protected forest areas), forest fires, forest condition and the protective functions of forests (water, weather, soil and infrastructure) as well as contributing to protect forests against fires.

Priority area of action

• promoting the collection, analysis and dissemination of policy-relevant information concerning EU forests and interactions between forests and the environment;
• promoting harmonisation, efficiency, and effectiveness of forest monitoring activities and data collection systems and making use of synergies by creating links between monitoring mechanism established at regional, national, European and global level;
• stimulating synergies between specific forests related issues and environmental initiatives and legislation (e.g. EU soil strategy, Natura 2000, Water Framework Directive, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Green Public Procurement, Energy Efficiency, etc.);
• contributing to sustainable forest management in particular by collecting data related to the carbon balance of EU forests, forest biodiversity and the improved Pan-European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management as adopted by the MCPFE Expert Level Meeting 7-8 October 2002, Vienna, Austria;
• building capacities at national and European Union level to allow for coordination and guidance on relevant and EU representative forest monitoring;
• strengthening forest ecosystem services by (re)-establishing functional or spatial linkages between forested areas which also guarantee the permeability between forest areas and open land as part of Green Infrastructure.

N.B. When dealing with green/blue infrastructures that aim directly at creating the necessary connectivity among Natura 2000 sites, the proposal should be submitted under LIFE+ Nature.

11. Principal objective “Innovation”

Contribute to developing and demonstrating innovative policy approaches, technologies, methods and instruments to assist implementation of the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP), through actions complementary to those of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

Priority areas of action:

• identifying, testing and communicating innovative and emerging techniques, which could be potentially considered as Best Available Techniques (BAT) for the updating of the BAT Reference Documents (BREF) in specific sectors.;

12. Principal objective “Strategic approaches”

Promote effective implementation and enforcement of EC environmental legislation and improving the knowledge base for environmental policy.
Improve the environmental performance of SMEs.
Promote strategic integrated planning approaches for improving the use of land and sea.

Priority areas of action
• strengthening the knowledge base for policy making and implementation by building a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and supporting the implementation of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative (GMES);
• implementing the Environmental Compliance Assistance Programme for SMEs (ECAP) .
• improving access to and exchange of data and information on environment through implementation of INSPIRE and SEIS guidelines
• promoting integrated planning approaches which consider ecosystem approaches to tackle fragmentation, and developing a Green Infrastructure approach, supporting the multi-purpose use of land by safeguarding and improving ecosystem services

Whilst any project dealing with the abovementioned priorities is welcome, for the 2010 call for proposals the European Commission would favour those dealing with:
• Natural resources and waste, to develop and implement policies designed to ensure sustainable management and use of natural resources and waste;

Who may participate?

Proposals may be presented by legal entities established in the Member States of the European Union e.g. NGOs, private non commercial, industrial and commercial firms, local authorities, etc. Under LIFE + Environmental Policy and Governance the participation of public authorities at regional or local level is in particular encouraged.

Maximum co-financing rates

The maximum rate of European Union financial support for Environment Policy & Governance projects shall be 50% of the eligible costs of the proposal.

Eligibility of costs

Applicants should avoid presenting to LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance costs related to any of the following activities or items since they are considered ineligible for financing:

• research and development activities;
• studies not specifically addressing the objective aimed at by the proposal;
• costs for intellectual property right protection (e.g., patents);
• investments in major infrastructure or investments of a non-innovative nature, including activities already confirmed on an industrial scale;
• costs for EMAS and ECOLABEL registration procedures;
• land purchase or any other related costs.

To be considered eligible, costs must:
• be provided in the provisional budget of the proposal;
• correspond to actions that are technically and financially coherent and feasible and providing value for money; and be directly linked to and necessary for carrying out the proposal covered by the decision;
• be actually incurred during the project's lifetime, as defined in the grant agreement, be recorded in the beneficiaries’ accounts or tax documents, and be identifiable and controllable.

Under this call (LIFE+ 2010), national authorities must receive the proposals by the 1 September 2010 before 17:00 h local time. National authorities must then forward all proposals to the European Commission to be received, at the latest, by the deadline of 4 October 2010, 17. 00 h Brussels local time.

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