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LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity - 2010
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2010. szeptember 1.
Feltöltve:  2010. május 6., 11:15:15
Szakmai terület:  Környezetvédelem (8)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  ec.europa.eu

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+ Nature
projects contribute to the implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directives, including at local and regional level, and support the further development and implementation of the Natura 2000 network, including coastal and marine habitats and species. The focus is on long-term sustainable investments in Natura 2000 sites and on the conservation of species and habitats targeted by these Directives. LIFE+ Nature projects must be "best practice" or "demonstration" projects.

LIFE+ Biodiversity projects contribute to the implementation of the objectives of Commission Communication "Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 – and beyond" , and of the Commission Communication "Options for an EU vision and target for biodiversity beyond 2010".

LIFE+ Biodiversity projects must be demonstration or innovation projects. They are different from LIFE+ Nature projects insofar as their focus is on the demonstration of measures and practices that contribute to halting the loss of biodiversity on the territory of the Member States, other than those related to the implementation of the objectives of the Birds and Habitats Directives. All biodiversity projects, whether innovative or demonstration, must have as an integral part of their project the evaluation and active dissemination of the results and lessons learnt during the project.

They are different from LIFE+ Nature projects insofar as their focus is on the demonstration of measures and practices that contribute to halting the loss of biodiversity on the territory of the Member States, other than those related to the implementation of the objectives of the Birds and Habitats Directives. All biodiversity projects, whether innovative or demonstration, must have as an integral part of their project the evaluation and active dissemination of the results and lessons learnt during the project.

The Commission would also welcome under LIFE+ Information and Communication projects aimed at:

1. Launching national public campaigns to promote NATURA 2000 ;
2. Integrating the concept of Ecosystems services in private companies management or in public spending in particular in connection to Green Public Procurement;
3. The promotion of Green Infrastructure by explaining it better to citizens;
4.
The implementation of art. 6 of the Habitat Directive with specific reference to the way the evaluation of incidence is carried out.

LIFE+ Nature

General scope

LIFE+ Nature projects aim to improve the conservation status of species/ habitats of the Birds / Habitats Directives; the species and habitats targeted must be listed in the annexes of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives as follows:

Site-based actions:
• Bird species targeted by site-based actions must be listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive or be regularly occurring migratory bird species.
• Any habitat types / species (other than bird species) targeted must be listed in Annexes I or II of the Habitats Directive.
Species-based (i.e. not site-based) actions:
• Bird species targeted must be listed in Annex I or II of the Birds Directive or be regularly occurring migratory bird species.
• Any species (other than bird species) targeted must be listed in Annexes II, IV and/or V of the Habitats Directive.

Geographic scope

LIFE+ Nature projects must exclusively take place on the terrestrial and/or marine territory of the EU Member States where the EU Birds and Habitats Directives apply.

Projects must have at least 25% of their budget earmarked for concrete actions.

At least 25% of the provisional budget of LIFE+ Nature projects must concern "concrete" actions. In this context, "concrete conservation" actions are those that directly improve (or slow/halt/reverse the decline of) the conservation status of the species and habitat types targeted.

It is strongly advised that LIFE+ Nature projects include significantly more than 25% concrete conservation actions. During the evaluation of the proposal, certain actions may be considered ineligible and removed from the project. Should the percentage of concrete actions fall under 25%, then the whole project may be rejected for that reason.

Long term sustainability of the project and its actions

LIFE+ Nature projects will often represent a considerable investment, and the Commission attaches a great importance to the long term sustainability of these investments. For this reason, it is obligatory that throughout the duration of the project, the beneficiaries consider how these investments will be secured, maintained, developed and made use of after the end of the project. This should be built into the proposal. This aspect will be carefully checked during the evaluation process.

Maximum co-financing ratesMaximum co-financing rates

LIFE+ Nature projects are co-financed by the Community at a maximum rate of 50% of their eligible costs.
By way of exception, a maximum co-financing rate of 75% is applicable to LIFE+ Nature projects that focus on priority habitats/species of the Birds and Habitats Directives as follows:
- 50% maximum for all projects investing less than 30% of the total cost estimated for concrete conservation, for activities directly benefitting priority habitats or species.
- 60% maximum for all projects investing between 30% and 50% of the total estimated cost for concrete conservation, for activities directly benefitting priority habitats or species
- 75% maximum for all projects investing more than 50% of the total estimated cost for concrete conservation, for activities directly benefitting priority habitats or species
The applicant shall identify in a clear way all actions and the corresponding costs they consider as benefitting priority habitats or species. For this purpose it is extremely important that form C.1.c includes complete and correct information on the species and habitats targeted by each action.

The higher percentages (i.e. 60 or 75%) will only be granted to projects for which clear and convincing details have been given, allowing the EC to verify the eligibility of the requested rate

How to conceive a LIFE+ Nature project proposal?

When preparing your proposal, the following main types of eligible actions must be clearly distinguished:

• Preparatory actions,
• Land purchase/lease of land and/or compensation payment for use rights,
• Concrete conservation actions,
• Communication and dissemination actions (obligatory),
• Project management and monitoring (obligatory).

LIFE+ Biodiversity


General scope
LIFE+ Biodiversity projects must aim to implement the objectives of the Commission Communication "Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 – and beyond" and of the Commission Communication "Options for an EU vision and target for biodiversity beyond 2010" , other than those already covered by LIFE+ Nature. They must thus be clearly different from LIFE+ Nature projects (i.e. they shall not be best practice projects primarily targeting species and/or habitat types of the Birds and Habitats Directives).

Geographic scope

LIFE+ Biodiversity projects must exclusively take place on the terrestrial and/or marine territory of the EU Member States. This includes the French Overseas Departments (DOMs).

It is strongly advised that LIFE+ Biodiversity projects include significantly more than 25% concrete conservation actions
. During the evaluation of the proposal, certain actions may be considered ineligible and removed from the project. Should the percentage of concrete actions fall under 25%, then the whole project may be rejected for that reason.

Maximum co-financing rates

LIFE+ Biodiversity projects are co-financed by the Community at a maximum rate of 50% of their eligible costs

How to conceive a LIFE+ Biodiversity project proposal?

When preparing your proposal, the following main types of eligible actions must be clearly distinguished:

• Preparatory actions,
• Short term lease of land and/or one-off compensation payments,
• Concrete conservation actions,
• Communication and dissemination actions (obligatory),
• Project management and monitoring (obligatory).

The amount available for co-financing projects under the 2010 LIFE+ call for proposals has been set at EUR 243.243.603. Under this fourth 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.

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/lifeplus2010/components/documents/lifeplus10_app_nat_a.zip

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