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LIFE+ Information and Communication
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2010. szeptember 1.
Feltöltve:  2010. május 6., 12:13:16
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.

There are two types of LIFE+ Information and Communication projects:

1. LIFE+ Information & Communication projects aiming at communication actions and awareness raising campaigns on environmental issues (Nature and biodiversity, climate change, water, air, soil, urban environment, noise, chemicals, environment and health, natural resources and waste, forests, innovation and strategic approaches). The actions and campaigns should be linked to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation.

2. LIFE+ Information & Communication projects aiming at contributing to forest fire prevention within the EU. Special training for agents involved in forest fire prevention and awareness raising campaigns for populations affected by forest and woodland fires can therefore be considered for funding under this heading.

Whilst any application in line with the two abovementioned types of LIFE+ Information and Communication projects is welcome, for the 2010 call for proposals the European Commission would particularly like to see proposals dealing with:

• Halting the loss of biodiversity.
• Natural resources and waste, to develop and implement policies designed to ensure sustainable management and use of natural resources and waste.
• Forest and climate change.
• Water scarcity/efficiency awareness raising campaigns focused on water-stressed Member States.
• Compilation and active transfer to relevant stakeholders that could usefully implement them of the techniques used, results and lessons learnt from a significant number of previous LIFE projects for a specific theme/habitat/species (e.g. rivers, bogs, bats).
• Launching national public campaigns to promote NATURA 2000.
• Skills development for Natura 2000 site managers.
• The implementation of art. 6 of the Habitats Directive with specific reference to the way the evaluation of incidence is carried out (e.g. developing and promoting a system for the accreditation of evaluators, sharing best practices, etc.).
• Promoting the integration of biodiversity concerns in territorial planning procedures.
• Awareness raising campaigns on biodiversity (aligned with the relevant EU Campaign) aimed at explaining to the general public what biodiversity is and why it is important.
• The promotion of connectivity between natural areas (Green Infrastructure) by explaining it better to citizens.
• Integrating the concept of Ecosystems services in private company management or in public spending in particular in connection to Green Public Procurement.
• Increasing the knowledge and awareness about soil and soil biodiversity and its many ecological functions.
• The broad and targeted dissemination of best practices (including best practices developed as part of previous LIFE projects).

Geographical scope

All the proposed actions must take place on the territory of the Member States.

What is the maximum allowed co-financing rate?

LIFE+ projects are co-financed by the European Union at a maximum rate of 50% of eligible costs

Eligibility of costs

To be considered eligible, costs must comply with the provisions of Articles 25 and 26 of the Common Provisions.

Applicants should avoid presenting LIFE+ Information and Communication projects that include the following activities and related costs, as they are ineligible:

• Investments in major infrastructure and significant expenditure on durable goods.
• Land purchase or any other related costs.
• Research, development of knowledge base and technological development activities (studies, creation of complex databases etc.) that do not have a clear link with the project's objectives.
• Marketing activities for commercial products.
• Lobbying activities of NGOs.

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 h 00 Brussels local time.

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