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LIFE Programme: EU funding for nature, environment and climate action projects

The European Commission has approved more than €290 million for 132 new projects under the LIFE programme for the environment and climate action in almost all Member States.

“The climate and biodiversity crises are truly existential crises and there is no time to lose. COP26 in Glasgow acknowledged the need to accelerate our actions still this decade. With the European Green Deal, the European Union is working to reduce emissions, restore nature, and ensure sustainable use of resources. We can only succeed if we work together, across sectors. LIFE projects are a perfect example: they bring citizens, public bodies, industry and NGOs together to work for the climate and environment.”

– Frans Timmermans, executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal

Frans Timmermans

In detail, the following projects will be supported as of 2022:


  • 39 LIFE nature & biodiversity projects for the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives as well as the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. They have a total budget of €249 million, of which the EU will pay €134 million.
  • 45 LIFE environment and resource efficiency projects to mobilise €162 million, of which the EU will provide €78 million. €55 million will be invested in 10 projects to reduce waste, contributing to the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan. Another €50 million will fund 16 water quality projects.
  • 8 LIFE environmental governance and information projects to raise awareness of environmental issues such as biodiversity loss and air pollution. They will also give public authorities the tools to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with EU environmental legislation. These have a total budget of more than €19 million, of which the EU will contribute close to €11 million.
  • 17 LIFE climate change mitigation projects will have funds of approximately €66 million, of which the EU will provide around €35 million. Project examples include promoting climate neutral farming as well as improving heat recovery in iron and steel manufacturing.
  • 17 LIFE climate change adaptation projects to mobilise some €52 million. Nearly €29 million of which will come from LIFE funds. Projects include adapting forests to extreme weather events and boosting the climate adaptation capacities of Europe’s health infrastructure.
  • 6 LIFE climate governance and information projects to improve climate governance and inform the public and stakeholders about climate change. The total budget is €13 million of which the EU is contributing more than €7 million.
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The overarching objective of these new LIFE projects is to help Europe become a climate-neutral continent by 2050, put Europe’s biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030, and contribute to the EU green recovery post-Covid-19. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 5.000 projects across the EU Member States in the field of environment and climate action.

For the current funding period 2021–2027, €5.4 billion will be made available in LIFE through its four sub-programmes:

nature and biodiversity

circular economy and quality of life

climate change mitigation and adaptation

clean energy transition

For further details on the objectives, admissibility, eligibility and application concerning LIFE, please feel free to contact the EUFUNDINGHUB.

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