Brussel, 23 juli 2010
De Commissie geeft 250 miljoen euro steun voor meer dan 200 nieuwe LIFE+-projecten
De Europese Commissie heeft de financiering goedgekeurd van 210 nieuwe projecten in het kader van de derde uitnodiging tot het indienen van voorstellen voor het LIFE+-programma (2007-2013), het Europese milieufonds. Het gaat om projecten uit heel de EU die betrekking hebben op acties op het gebied van natuurbehoud, milieubeleid en informatie en communicatie. Samen vertegenwoordigen zij een totale investering van 515 miljoen euro, waarvan de EU 249,8 miljoen euro voor haar rekening neemt.
Commissaris voor Milieu Janez Potočnik: "Het LIFE+-programma blijft innoverende projecten van hoge kwaliteit met een grote toegevoegde waarde voor de EU steunen. Deze nieuwe projecten zullen niet alleen een aanzienlijke bijdrage leveren aan natuurbehoud en de verbetering van het milieu, zij zullen ook over heel Europa helpen bij de bewustmaking van de belangrijke uitdagingen die ons op milieugebied te wachten staan, met name biodiversiteitsverlies, waterschaarste en klimaatverandering."
Naar aanleiding van de uitnodiging tot het indienen van voorstellen, die werd afgesloten in november 2009, ontving de Commissie meer dan 600 aanvragen van openbare of particuliere instanties uit de 27 EU-lidstaten. Daarvan werden er 210 voor medefinanciering geselecteerd via de drie onderdelen van het programma: LIFE+ Natuur en Biodiversiteit, LIFE+ Milieubeleid en Bestuur en LIFE+ Informatie en Communicatie.
LIFE+ Natuur en Biodiversiteit-projecten zorgen voor een betere instandhouding van bedreigde diersoorten en habitats. Van de 227 ontvangen voorstellen heeft de Commissie 84 projecten van samenwerkingsverbanden tussen milieuorganisaties, overheidsinstanties en andere partijen geselecteerd voor financiering. De projecten worden uitgevoerd in 24 lidstaten en vertegenwoordigen een totale investering van 224 miljoen euro, waarvan de EU zowat 224 miljoen euro voor haar rekening neemt. Het merendeel (74) zijn projecten in de categorie Natuur, die bijdragen aan de tenuitvoerlegging van de vogel- en/of de habitatrichtlijn en het Natura 2000-netwerk. De overige tien vallen onder de noemer Biodiversiteit, een LIFE+-projectcategorie voor proefprogramma's waarmee biodiverstiteitsproblemen in ruimere zin worden aangepakt. De Commissie stelt met genoegen de gestage toename vast van het aantal projecten in de categorie Biodiversiteit sinds de invoering daarvan in 2007, toen vier (4) projecten werden gefinancierd.
LIFE+ Milieubeleid en Bestuur-projecten zijn proefprojecten die bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling van innoverende beleidsideeën, -technieken, -methoden en ‑instrumenten. Van de 308 ontvangen voorstellen heeft de Commissie 116 projecten van de meest verscheiden openbare en particuliere organisaties geselecteerd voor financiering. De winnende projecten komen uit 17 lidstaten en zijn goed voor een totale investering van 278 miljoen euro, waarvan 120 miljoen wordt verstrekt door de EU. Projecten waarmee wordt gemikt op innovatie maken het grootste deel van de EU-financiering uit (zo'n 20,9 miljoen euro voor 17 projecten). Qua aantal projecten is "afvalstoffen en natuurlijke hulpbronnen" het best bestreken doelgebied (20 projecten met 19,3 miljoen euro aan steun), gevolgd door "water" en "innovatie" (elk 17 projecten). De resterende 63 projecten hebben betrekking op diverse thema's zoals lucht, chemische stoffen, klimaatverandering, energie, milieu en gezondheid, bossen, lawaai, bodembescherming, strategische benaderingen en de stedelijke omgeving.
Via LIFE+ Informatie en Communicatie-projecten wordt informatie verspreid, worden milieukwesties onder de aandacht gebracht en worden opleidings- en bewustmakingscampagnes ter preventie van bosbranden gevoerd. Uit de 113 ontvangen voorstellen heeft de Commissie 10 projecten van diverse openbare en particuliere natuur- en/of milieuorganisaties voor financiering geselecteerd. De projecten, die betrekking hebben op thema's als biodiversiteit, klimaatverandering, afvalstoffen en water, vinden plaats in zeven (7) lidstaten en zijn goed voor een totale investering van 12,9 miljoen euro, waarvan zo'n 6,3 miljoen wordt verstrekt door de EU.
LIFE+ is het Europese financieringsinstrument voor het milieu en heeft een totaal budget van 2,143 miljard euro (twee miljard honderddrieënveertig miljoen euro) voor de periode 2007-2013. Tijdens deze periode lanceert de Commissie elk jaar een uitnodiging tot het indienen van voorstellen voor LIFE+-projecten.
In de bijlage vindt u een naar land uitgesplitst overzicht van de nieuwe projecten die worden gefinancierd in het kader van LIFE+.
BELGIË - 7 projecten (21,2 miljoen)
LIFE+ Milieubeleid en Bestuur (4 projecten – 8,6 miljoen)
Met dit project wordt gemikt op het stimuleren van groene overheidsopdrachten door aan gemeentebesturen de ecologische voordelen te tonen van drie hoogwaardige, innoverende tuinproducten op basis van 100 % hernieuwbare grondstoffen. Deze producten kunnen dienen ter vervanging van conventionele mulch en onkruidwerende folies, die worden gemaakt van aardoliederivaten.
Het doel van dit project is de toepasbaarheid aantonen van een op chemische oxidatie in situ (ISCO) gebaseerde techniek voor de sanering van bodem en grondwater op een terrein waar ontploffingsgevaar bestaat en dat is verontreinigd door een zeer geconcentreerde cocktail organische verontreinigende stoffen.
De bedoeling van dit project is het opzetten, evalueren en demonstreren van een geavanceerd luchtkwaliteitsmodelleringssysteem en een bijbehorende op het web gebaseerde dienst, met innovaties die speciaal zijn ontworpen ter ondersteuning van het beleid inzake luchtverontreining in kritieke gebieden. Dit systeem is gebaseerd op geavanceerde technologie, waaronder voorspellende driedimensionale computermodellen van de atmosfeer.
Centraal in dit project staat het aantonen van de haalbaarheid van een geharmoniseerde aanpak van biomonitoring bij de mens (Human Biological Monitoring, HBM) in de EU door in 16 lidstaten een proefonderzoek uit te voeren en de expertise uit te wisselen met vijf extra landen die als ad-hocleden deelnemen aan dit project.
LIFE+ Natuur (3 projecten – 12,3 miljoen)
Dit project is gericht op het herstel van een 52 hectaren groot complex van habitats van bijlage I die afhankelijk zijn van kwel, periodieke overstroming en/of (in de benedenloop) zoetwatergetijden; 17 hectare habitats van bijlage I op een droge, schrale, zandige bodem op de overgang van het Kempens plateau naar de heidegronden in Vlaanderen; en 3 hectare van de waardevolle habitat van bijlage I, "oligotrofe tot mesotrofe stilstaande wateren" en de daar voorkomende soorten zoals de libel en de heikikker.
Het doel van dit project is door een grootschalig herstel van de ecologische dynamiek in het Zwingebied de rijke biodiversiteit van dit Natura 2000-gebied van internationaal belang te doen herleven en er zo voor te zorgen dat de vogel- en de habitatrichtlijn op passende wijze ten uitvoer kunnen worden gelegd.
Met dit project wordt de strijd aangebonden tegen de bedreigingen voor de in de bijlagen van de habitat- en de vogelrichtlijn genoemde soorten die voorkomen in het laaglandbekkensysteem van de Bosbeek en de Itterbeek, een Natura 2000-gebied.
Wanneer dit project is voltooid, zal dit een van de topgebieden van het Europese laagland zijn voor de bedoelde habitats en soorten.
NEDERLAND - 6 projecten (37,2 miljoen)
LIFE+ Milieubeleid en Bestuur (4 projecten – 29 miljoen)
Het QSIDE-project is een demonstratieproject voor een nieuwe methode om het verkeerslawaai in steden te beoordelen. Voor het project wordt gebruikgemaakt van een nieuwe praktijkmethode om geluidsniveaus te meten bij stille gevels en in stille zones en om stedelijk verkeerslawaai gedetailleerd in kaart te brengen.
Het Adiosproject behelst de constructie van een proefinstallatie met een tunneloven ter demonstratie van een prototypische thermische behandeling voor het op grote schaal denatureren van asbest. Het is bedoeld om aan te tonen dat er een ecologisch en economisch interessanter alternatief bestaat voor het verbranden of storten van asbesthoudend afval.
Het BLUETEC-project is gericht op het demonstreren van de technische haalbaarheid en kosteneffectiviteit van een op bedrijfsschaal functionerende 1 MW-getijdenenergiecentrale. Gehoopt wordt op die manier aan te tonen dat de technologie kan bijdragen tot een aanzienlijke vermindering van de CO2-uitstoot en tot de verbetering van het concurrentievermogen van Europa met betrekking tot de export van innoverende en duurzame technologieën.
Het hoofddoel van het project is de demonstratie van een nieuw energieuitwisselingssysteem (SEWage Energy Exchange system, SEWEEX) om warmte van de riolering over te brengen naar stedelijke gebouwen. Naar verwachting zal het de emissies van CO2, fijn stof of stikstofoxiden met 78 % verminderen ten opzichte van het gebruik van fossiele brandstoffen, en ook financiële voordelen opleveren in vergelijking met andere energiebronnen.
LIFE+ Natuur (2 projecten – 8,2 miljoen)
Dit project vindt plaats in het Natura 2000-gebied Duinen Den Helder Callantsoog. Dit is een van de weinige Natura 2000-gebieden in Nederland waar nog vastgelegde kustduinen (grijze duinen) voorkomen. Doel van het project is dit deel van de Noordduinen nieuw leven in te blazen door de door het leger achtergelaten terreinverhardingen en gebouwen af te breken en te verwijderen en zo de habitat van de grijze duinen te doen herleven.
De belangrijkste doelstelling van dit project is het herstellen en uitbreiden van habitats en het verhogen van de aanwezigheid van zeldzame en karakteristieke soorten. Dit geschiedt door areaalherstel en -vergroting van: i) grijze duinen, witte duinen en vochtige duinvalleien in Voornes Duin; ii) grijze duinen en witte duinen in Duinen Goeree en Kwade Hoek; en iii) grijze duinen, witte duinen, duinbossen en duindoornstruwelen en vochtige duinvalleien in Kennemerland-Zuid.
AUSTRIA - 3 projects (13.3 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (One project - 5.9 million)
The aim of the project is to significantly reduce air and CO2 emissions in the city centre of Klagenfurt by increasing the share of electric vehicles to 10% of all new registrations.
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects - 7.4 million)
The main objective of the project is to reduce the threats to the area around the river Enns by reconnecting alluvial forests and other valuable habitats with the river dynamics and improving the condition of remaining peatland habitats and orchid meadows in the river valley.
The objectives of this LIFE+ project are to reduce the threat of collision with power lines, for many years the main cause of mortality among adult and immature great bustards in Austria, and at the same time to continue Austria’s intensive habitat management efforts.
BULGARIA - 2 projects (3.3 million)
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 3.3 million)
The overall objective of the Black Sea Oak Habitats project is to ensure long-term conservation of priority oak habitats by reforestation measures and management planning. These should provide favourable conditions for sustainable development of the target habitats (Pannonic woods with Quercus petraea and Carpinus betulus; Pannonian woods with Quercus pubescens; Euro-Siberian steppic woods with Quercus spp; and Eastern white oak forests).
The project aims to introduce land-management measures in the Dobrudzha region of northern Bulgaria to provide secure foraging grounds for the red-breasted goose. The intention is that this will stabilise the population of the most threatened goose species in the world in its wintering grounds.
CYPRUS - 2 projects (2.6 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 1.3 milion)
The project aims to support the competent Cypriot authorities in preparing efficient and cost-effective particulate matter (PM) management. For this purpose, state-of-the art forecasting and scenario analysis software will be applied. The project will enhance data collection and processing capacities through the integration of remote-sensing technologies into the existing monitoring network.
LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 1.3 million)
The project’s objectives are to improve the habitat of 20 targeted species within 14 Natura 2000 sites, to assess the conservation status of these species to complete knowledge gaps, to raise awareness among land users and the general public with regard to these species, and to provide evidence to support concrete proposals for enhancing the ecological coherence of the Natura 2000 sites in Cyprus.
CZECH REPUBLIC - 2 projects (8.5 million)
LIFE+Nature (2 projects - 8.5 million)
The project aims to contribute to the maintenance and the restoration to favourable conservation status of the unique thermophilous habitats and species in the Lounské Středohoří hills. The project will seek to increase the populations of target species, improve overall species diversity and raise public awareness of thermophilous habitat types and species, their protection, maintenance and sustainable use.
The project aims to introduce, test and promote patchwork management, which is essential for the conservation of the target butterfly species. The project will also propose and test new agri-environmental measures, which should enable the inclusion of currently excluded areas under the agricultural subsidy scheme (c. 900 ha affected).
DENMARK - 5 projects (11 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (3 projects - 5.8 million)
The project aims to mobilise local Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for climate solutions and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private enterprises through PPP. It will do this by developing and demonstrating effective models for PPPs for climate planning and GHG reductions in private enterprises and by developing competences and tools in local administrations.
The key objectives of the project are to develop a new waste business concept involving the sourcing and processing of composites waste into quality glass fibre materials and to demonstrate the use of processed composites waste material in two main industries: the production of asphalt for road-paving; and the production of exhaust systems and silencers.
The main objective of the NorthPestClean project is to demonstrate, using large-scale pilot studies, that a novel remediation method based on in situ alkaline hydrolysis is an effective technology for cleaning pesticide contaminated soil and groundwater.
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 5.2 million)
The main objective of the project is to restore some of Denmark’s large areas of heath land. And improve the conservation status and, if possible, increase the surface area of dry sand heaths and inland dunes and Juniperus communis formations on heaths.
The Connect Habitats project aims to restore semi-natural dry grassland habitats in the Bøjden Nor nature reserve to a favourable conservation status. It also aims to improve the conservation status of coastal lagoons and Atlantic salt meadows, and enable their development inland in order to combat the impacts of climate change and coastal erosion.
ESTONIA - 1 project (2.6 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project - 2.6 million)
Every year some eleven million tonnes of oil shale is burned, producing more than six million tonnes of oil shale ash (OSA) This by-product is disposed of by spreading on land, causing pollution of rainwater. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of converting aggregates and additives (OSA) into a material that can be used in the construction sector.
FINLAND - 9 projects (16.6 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (8 projects - 14.6 million)
The project aims to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from mechanical and semi-chemical pulping processes and will specifically target VOCs in wastewater from the pulping process. It will demonstrate the viability of a VOC and odour abatement system in conditions characterised by fumes with high humidity, varying VOC concentrations, low oxygen content, the possible presence of sulphur compounds and large air-flows.
The project aims to build capacity to integrate climate change effectively into river basin management plans in Finland. It will demonstrate an integrated model to quantify the effects of different climate-change scenarios to help tackle threats of eutrophication and algal blooms.
The project will demonstrate the many possibilities to use waste-derived materials in green cover (particularly in amenity lawn areas) construction and management. To this end it will conduct a lifecycle assessment (LCA) of the 20 demonstration sites. The LCA results are expected to show that the increased use of recycled materials in landscaping will reduce negative environmental impacts.
This project is concerned by how changes in the water cycle will affect forests. Many of the climate change effects on forests are dependent on how soils are able to provide water to plants. As a consequence, the project aims to improve knowledge of how forest growth could change in future by compiling existing data and models. Information compiled by the project will establish a better basis for regional forest management planning in the context of climate change.
The project aims to demonstrate, using the best available tools, an innovative approach to mitigating warming of the Arctic climate by reducing black carbon (BC) emissions at mid latitudes. It will also identify knowledge gaps and uncertainties in how BC emissions can be linked to radiative forcing in Arctic areas using existing modelling and measurement tools.
The project will focus on the assessment of national programmes to improve the energy performance of the existing housing stock, such as government-supported improvements in thermal insulation. It will develop a common protocol for assessing the impacts of a building’s energy performance on indoor environmental quality and health and establish an integrated approach for the assessment of environmental and health information.
The project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to convert discarded soil into valuable secondary materials with civil-engineering applications. It will determine the best possible solutions for the stabilisation of discarded soils, using regionally sourced commercial and by-product additives (such as fly ash), with the ultimate goal of establishing the optimum mixing of soil and stabilisation materials for different applications.
The project aims to find best winter practices in the fields of traction control, dust suppression and street cleaning, and accelerate their implementation in order to reduce levels of respirable street dust (PM10) in urban areas. The project will demonstrate the emissions reduction potential and air quality benefits of these best practices.
LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 2 million)
The main objective is to create a new framework and give a good start to a future nationwide programme for wildlife habitat conservation, restoration and recreation that will operate on a local level. The project has two distinct parts, demonstrative and innovative, which both have the objective of halting the loss of biodiversity in the Finnish wetlands outside the Natura 2000 network and other protection programmes.
FRANCE - 12 projects (28.9 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (9 projects - 22.2 million)
The Ecotransflux project aims to demonstrate that the high power Transverse Flux Induction Heating (TFIH) technology can be implemented on new processing lines of steel cold-rolling plants to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and acid waste, whilst meeting quality, economic and capacity criteria.
The general objective of the project is to speed-up the transfer of research outputs to practitioners in the water management sector. A methodology will be developed for assessing the potential benefits of emerging tools / methods with regard to the distance from research to market (the Research to Market Assessment Strategy - ReMAS). Furthermore, for the research outputs ranked “close-to-implementation”, an individualised strategy for business implementation will be developed thanks to a Precursors Marketing Strategy (PMS).
The IRIS project aims to demonstrate the industrial-scale feasibility of an innovative catalytic chemical process to convert co-products of the polyamide-66 nylon chain into the new eco-friendly and safe solvent Rhodiasolv IRIS, which is readily biodegradable, non-VOC, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and non-irritant.
The AETHER project intends to show the feasibility of producing a new type of cement at industrial scale within existing industrial installations with significantly lower CO2 emissions than conventional Portland cement. This will be done by demonstrating the performance of an innovative type of clinker with a new and proven chemical composition.
The CLIMATE project aims to develop and adopt a territorial climate action plan for the department of Essonne. The objective is that there will be signs of reduced GHG emissions in Essonne by 2013, aiming at a 25% reduction - compared with 1990 levels - by 2020.
The project will focus on demonstrating new environmental-friendly practices and technologies for surface non-destructive testing (NDT) - a part of the manufacturing process for high quality products in automotive, nuclear and aeronautic sectors. It will do this by optimising protocols and working methods to reduce consumption of energy and emissions to air, water and soil, as well as the quantity of waste being produced.
This LIFE project’s objective is to demonstrate the effectiveness of new territorial planning approaches aimed at improving the management of kitchen waste, waste recycling, energy efficiency and protection of soil and water resources. It will create a demonstration building containing environmentally-friendly features such as geothermal air circulation, heating produced by recycled wood logs from a waste reception centre, and photovoltaic panels for generating electrical energy and heating water.
The objective of the Green City LIFE project is to implement software controlling electricity, water and gas consumption in public buildings. Using 3D models and intelligent meters, the project will monitor consumption in order to manage and audit energy in real time. A web platform will centralise and control all data for the municipal buildings involved in the project, making it the most comprehensive such project carried out in this field.
The aim of this LIFE project is to demonstrate that waste of various types of ‘blister’ or light packaging, can be re-usable, and that innovative and effective recycling processes exist as an alternative to incineration or landfill. A pilot installation will be set up using innovative technologies such as granulators and micronisators to process, mill and grind waste products in a cryogenic low temperature atmosphere.
LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity (3 projects - 6.7 million)
LIFE+ Nature (1 project)
The project aims to restore the freshwater pearl mussel populations of “Massif armoricain” (French Brittany). It includes six sites that are classified as Sites of Community Importance (pSCI) and are known as main refuges for freshwater pearl mussel populations in western France.
LIFE+Biodiversity (2 projects)
This project’s objective is to contribute to stopping the biodiversity loss in three French overseas departments (Reunion Island, Martinique and French Guiana), by testing demonstrative and innovative conservation management tools for the protection of threatened bird species and their habitats, and by disseminating the results to the other EU outermost regions.
The aim of this project is to demonstrate the benefits from strengthening landscape structures as a means to restore and conserve biodiversity in cultivated vineyards. This will be achieved by assessing biodiversity-friendly actions in different European biotopes. Complementary semi-natural spaces will be created in vineyards from seven test sites in three countries (Portugal, Spain, France) covering Atlantic, Mediterranean and Continental regions.
GERMANY - 9 projects (30 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project - 4.4 million)
The project plans to co-ordinate concurrent investment plans at municipal, regional and national level in order to achieve unified, environmentally sustainable and durable river management. It thus aims to ensure appropriate and sustainable maintenance and development of the river Neckar as an important waterway.
LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 0.8 million)
The project will campaign to reduce environmental pollution caused by vehicle air conditioning systems. Firstly, it will focus on raising awareness about enhancing current vehicle air conditioning systems, so that energy consumption and resulting emissions will be significantly reduced. At the same time, it will campaign for the introduction of natural refrigerants to be brought forward.
LIFE+ Nature (7 projects – 24.7 million)
The project is targeting a substantial improvement of wetland ecosystems along a section of the river Rhine (west of Rastatt). As one of the most important ecological corridors in Central Europe, the area plays an important role in goals of a coherent Natura 2000 network: the project should substantially aid the restoration of many typical wetland habitats and also help to improve the conservation status of several plant and animal species listed in the Habitats Directive.
The project’s main aim is to conserve the Steigerwald hills Natura 2000 site near Iphofen. In addition, the project area will be developed as a demonstration area for traditionally-managed landscapes and for coppiced woodland in Germany and Central Europe.
The project’s overall goals are to develop and target the conservation of the four endangered forest habitat types in six Natura 2000 sites in the Eifel National Park, which encompasses the counties of Aachen, Düren and Euskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The project aims to restore, ecologically improve and sustainably protect nationally significant clusters of mountain hay meadow as high-risk plant communities and as a refuge for endangered montane species and habitats. The planned project area comprises the Natura 2000 sites of “Bergwiesen bei Winterberg” and “Oberes Orketal” with the most important remnants of montane grasslands on a total of 538 ha.
The key objective of the project is the re-introduction of Allis shad to the Rhine watershed. In a unique European approach, the project is combining the conservation of the largest remaining Allis shad population in Europe in the Gironde watershed in France with the re-introduction of Allis shad to the Rhine watershed in Germany.
The project aims to restore and protect important bog habitats in the Hunsrück and Eifel area. The main objective of this project is to stop the decline of plant communities and species associated with bogs. In addition, the project will help stop emissions and reactivate the bonding of carbon dioxide from bog habitats.
The overall objective of the LIFE-Aurinia project is to reactivate habitats of the marsh fritillary butterfly in the last two known sites of the species (Nordoe and Jardelunder moor). At similar good sites (e.g. the military training field Lütjenholm and Geltinger Birk) the project will try to improve the necessary habitats of the target species: mat grasslands, wet grasslands, heathlands and dry grasslands.
GREECE - 16 projects (25.8 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (10 projects - 18.2 million)
The main objective of the project is to develop a protocol of good practices in an essential health, safety, and environmental (HSE) management system. The project’s ultimate goal is to assist implementation of the REACH regulation and reduce risks from emissions or accidental releases of hazardous substances.
The WASTE-C-CONTROL project aims to enable reduced GHG emissions by developing a software tool that will assess, monitor, control and report on the emissions resulting from the entire life cycle of solid-waste management activities. It will assess different waste-management options that will enable the project to identify procedures and practical tools within Local Action Plans (LAPs) that would reduce GHG emissions from waste-management activities at local level.
The overall objective of the project is to demonstrate adaptation of agricultural production to climate change and limited water supply. Specifically, it aims to minimise agricultural water use by introducing a water-recycling method in a closed, fully automated, hydroponic greenhouse system.
The CARBONTOUR project aims to develop an integrated methodology to measure CO2 equivalent emissions from tourism accommodation facilities and to strategically plan mitigation measures. The main output of the project will be a user-friendly software tool.
The eSYMBIOSIS project’s general objective is to produce a web-based platform for Industrial Symbiosis (IS), enabling communication between potential partners and offering automated matching of partners according to economic and environmental objectives and thus facilitating the implementation of IS as an environmental policy at all levels.
The SAGE10 project seeks to promote the long-term sustainability of the agro-ecosystem and economy. The project will develop an innovative Impact Assessment Procedure (IAP) for objectively evaluating the potential environment consequences of proposed agricultural practices. The IAP should be a tool for prioritising activities and achieving ISO14001/EMAS accreditation on farms.
The objective of the ROADTIRE project is to demonstrate an innovative use for recycled vulcanised rubber from end-of-life (EOL) tyres in road construction. This ultimately aims to demonstrate a market for EOL-tyres in civil engineering and thus reduce the amount of collected EOL-tyres being stockpiled or sent for uses with a higher carbon footprint.
The project will develop and implement a demonstration logistics management scheme to exploit the thermal content of non-recyclable urban waste from EPANA’s recycling factory. It will do this by demonstrating an advanced gasification concept for the energy exploitation of the non-recyclable stream of a modern recycling factory, thus showing how the approach can reduce the overall GHG emissions from urban waste streams.
The objective of this project is to resolve the impact of major and minor sources of particulate matter (PM) that lead to concentrations exceeding EU limit values. A database will be developed that contains information on the physico-chemical characteristics of atmospheric particulate matter, the anthropogenic emission source strength, and the naturally emitted primary and secondary materials originating from local and/or distant sources. A methodology will be developed to produce a versatile and long-term decision-making tool for policymakers.
The project promotes the concept of Zero Discharge Seawater Desalination and aims to develop an advanced solar-driven brine treatment system, promoting the use of renewable energy sources in the reject effluent (brine) treatment processes whilst eliminating brine disposal. The brine treatment system, which is in line with the Zero Liquid Discharge concept and the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, will thereby significantly contribute to the protection of inland surface waters, coastal waters and groundwater.
LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity (4 projects – 5.5 million)
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects)
The project aims to improve the conservation status of the brown bear in terms of habitat condition and population by addressing major threats relating to road infrastructure, traffic and human-caused mortality.
The objectives of the project are to restore the hydrological and ecological status of the Epanomi lagoon in order to enhance the conservation status of priority habitats of coastal lagoons and posidonia beds as well as the priority species they host, such as Numenius tenuirostris and Phalacrocorax pygmeus.
LIFE+ Biodiversity (2 projects)
The objective of this LIFE Biodiversity project is to establish integrated planning methods and management capable of enhancing biodiversity whilst remaining compatible with sustainable economic and social development. The actions will be based on the development of a Biodiversity Action Plan focusing on important habitats and species on the island of Skyros.
The aim of the project is to enhance biodiversity during the restoration of fire-disturbed ecosystems by introducing a new technology, based on pre-cultivation in mini-plugs, to be tested with a wide range of species. The seedlings produced using the new technology will be transplanted to three study areas in Central Macedonia, where their growth will be monitored and evaluated.
LIFE+ Information and Communication (2 projects – 2 million)
An awareness campaign will target local inhabitants and stakeholders, public authorities and the general public: The overall objectives are to promote the conservation of threatened endemic and rare fish of the area and to implement sustainable fishery practices. The project will seek to inform local people, professional and recreational fishermen of the importance of sustainable fishery practices across the Prespa basin and of the regulations to maintain the lakes’ native fish populations.
The project’s objective is to mitigate the imminent danger, caused by human-related threats, to the long-term term viability of all rare, endangered and important marine mammals inhabiting Greek waters. In order to achieve this, the project aims to raise the awareness of selected target audiences about marine mammals in Greece, the importance of these species for marine ecosystems, the imminent threats they face, and the conservation actions necessary to ensure their long-term viability.
HUNGARY - 1 project (4 million)
This LIFE Nature project aims to stabilise and further strengthen the European core populations of saker falcon (Falco cherrug) by implementing best practice F. cherrug conservation actions in Bulgaria and Romania.
IRELAND - 2 projects (4.1 million)
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 4.1 million)
The main purpose of the project is to bring about a sustained enhancement of the Upper Blackwater SAC by targeting the species of Freshwater pearl mussel, Atlantic salmon, European otter and kingfisher. More specifically this will be achieved by carrying out actions aimed at restoring the quality of the river bed and riparian zone.
The primary objective of this LIFE Nature project is to help restore wetland, peat-forming conditions on Ireland’s raised bogs by continuing the process of removing plantation forests. This project builds upon the work carried out under Coillte’s previous LIFE-funded project “Restoring Raised Bog in Ireland”, which was completed in December 2008.
ITALY - 56 projects (94.2 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (40 projects – 64.4 million)
The overall goal of the WaterIZe ‘WIZ’ spatial planning project is to integrate the protection and sustainable management of water in urban planning processes and local policy areas. The project aims to incorporate long term analysis of drinking water management in urban spatial planning by creating a platform for local authorities to be involved in decision-making processes.
The project aims to develop the potential reuse of Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica) residues by developing an Integrated Management System capable of combining environmental protection with waste biomass management and the reuse of material for agriculture.
The project aims to identify and define an innovative integrated governance model inspired by criteria for sustainable mobility. The idea is to try to satisfy the growing demand of supplementary Local Public Transport (LPT) services and to reduce the use of private vehicles. The project will be to bring together transport and energy matters with a system capable of exploiting energy produced from renewable sources within a trial industrial district.
The project’s aim is to create a sustainable management system for floriculture and ornamental horticulture. It will reduce the main environmental impacts of floricultural activities by improving efficiency, while also respecting economic viability. SMEs operating in the floriculture and ornamental horticulture sectors will be assisted in the application of best available techniques, innovative technologies and practices.
The project aims to contribute to European and national policies on waste prevention and sustainable consumption through the implementation and monitoring of an integrated waste prevention and reduction programme for Chianti in Florence. By selecting an internationally known district, the aim is to provide Member States with a model for the establishment of their own waste prevention programmes by December 2013 (as required by the EU Waste Framework Directive).
The overall objectives of the project are to develop and test, in small urban areas, an innovative system for the treatment and composting of domestic organic waste. Using environmentally-friendly materials, the system will target the elimination of toxic emissions and also promote energy savings.
The project aims to tackle two environmental problems through an integrated policy: climate change (both mitigation and adaptation effects of urban forestation) and air quality (the depuration potential of plants). The project foresees the dissemination of public-private partnership tools, developed within the framework of corporate social responsibility (CSR) experiences, and the networking of this know how through the diffusion of specific guidelines.
This project seeks to demonstrate that the negative impact of industrial production, specifically of agro-industry, on water quality and availability can be significantly reduced through voluntary business actions. The idea is to introduce a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ (or regenerative) approach to industrial water management and to adopt private-public partnerships as the means to achieve this.
The project aims to test and verify in the field the effectiveness of different forest management options in meeting multiple objectives (including production, protection and biodiversity). It will address these issues in different test areas, from production to protected forests, including Natura 2000 sites and priority habitats and species.
The EXPAH project will address the environmental and health problems caused by the emission, dispersion and transformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds. Its overall goal is to identify and to quantify exposure among children and elderly people to PAH content in particulate matter in a highly urbanised area (i.e. the city of Rome) and to assess the impact on human health, in order to support environmental policy and regulation in this field.
This project aims to introduce in Italy, particularly in Tuscany, the ‘single tree silviculture’ technique applied to the management and conservation of sporadic tree species. Through the valorisation of these species, the beneficiary hopes to increase the biodiversity, the ecological stability and the whole value of the forest.
The main goal of the ‘OPERA’ project is to develop a methodology and guidelines to support local authority planning for regional policies supporting national and European actions for compliance with air quality standards. The actions are also designed to take into account possible synergies with measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The aim of this project is to demonstrate the performance of a landfill for lesser reactive, biologically treated waste (pre-treated organic wastes) in comparison with a conventional landfill. It aims to control moisture levels of pre-treated organic wastes using innovative and monitored liquid injection, in order to shorten and temporarily concentrate biogas production.
The project’s main aim is to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility and effectiveness of best practices for reducing road traffic noise levels (and in some cases, also reducing CO2 emissions and energy use). This would be achieved by the integration of noise mapping and planning activities, the use of innovative techniques (such as noise barriers, windows and asphalting of road surfaces), traffic management and education.
The project’s main aim is to quantify the environmental impact of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It will do this by carrying out initiatives that will improve the capacity of SMEs to develop and use environmental technologies whilst strengthening and promoting the creation and development of 'ecologically equipped productive areas' (EEPAs).
The main goal of the project is to reduce environmental damage caused by the transportation of refrigerated, perishable goods within urban areas. The project will reduce emissions and noise, and will improve the energy efficiency of the logistical chain, whilst maintaining the standard of perishable goods.
The project's main objective is to drastically reduce CO2 emissions and energy use in the manufacture of ceramic tiles, by using two new geopolymers: Geopolfloor-base and Geopolfloor-foam. The project will demonstrate the feasibility, at industrial scale, of the use of these materials for the production of floor tiles.
The project will focus on the planning, implementation and demonstration of an advanced eco-sustainable integrated mobility scheme for people and goods on the island of Elba, which lies just off the Italian mainland close to Piombino.
The project aims to promote a localised, participatory approach to policy assessment and implementation in relation to the reduction of emissions and the increasing of carbon dioxide absorption capacity. This will be done through experimentation with local governance models, with particular reference to the management of forests and mountains.
The goal of this project is to demonstrate that it is possible to manufacture magnesium-based larger scale, complex-shape structural elements that can be used in place of classic automotive parts. Use of such components will result in a substantial weight reduction by directly substituting heavier steel or cast iron components, which make up on average some 64% of the weight of a car.
The ET IDEA project aims to develop and test the typical reference years (TRYs) concept as an innovative tool for the reconstruction, standardisation and analysis of meteorological data for the whole of Italy. It will produce a software package containing TRYs for 1 500-2 000 locations across Italy. The software will facilitate meteorological-data standardisation and analysis for the whole territory.
The main objective of the project is to improve the environmental performance of SMEs in the naval sector of the Marche Region. To this end, and in line with Directive 2005/32/EC on eco-design requirements for energy-using products, practices in carbon footprint and environmental management systems in the nautical industry will be enforced by informing more than 300 companies.
The objective of the PALM project is to develop a decision support system to allow water companies to identify the optimum balance between reducing water leaks and being economically sustainable. Ultimately, the aim is to enable water companies to reduce water loss by 50% and the related environmental impacts by up to 60%.
The project will reduce the environmental impact (acoustic and air pollution) of car traffic resulting from the flow of tourists into urban centres; increase the availability, ‘liveability’ and accessibility of the urban centre for tourists and residents; and define an urban mobility governance model (T.A.SM.A.C. model) linked to tourist flows.
The SEDI.PORT.SIL project aims to demonstrate an integrated approach to the sustainable management of sediment dredged from ports. The project intends to demonstrate the efficiency of consolidated treatment technologies coupled with innovative techniques for recycling and exploiting port dredged sediment as a resource rather than just a dangerous waste.
The main objective of the project is to minimise all environmental problems related to hot galvanising processes of steel wire rods. This will be achieved by demonstrating the suitability of replacing a hot galvanising process with a new technology based on cold spray galvanising of dusts.
This project intends to demonstrate technological approaches that reduce the environmental footprint of wire rod products. Physical treatments will replace chemical processes and raw material recycling opportunities will be improved during the manufacture of high performance metal wire products, such as nails, screws and arc-welded nets.
The objective of this project is to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of a new waste treatment plant for offshore units. This is based on a hybrid microwave and hot air heating technology capable of converting biological sludge into combustible pellets. Microwaves are expected to help sanitise the end product, which can then be used as incinerator fuel.
The main objective of the ECO-CLUSTER project is to improve the environmental footprint of SMEs operating in the national park area. A parallel purpose aims to help improve the competitiveness of local businesses. Such dual goals will be achieved by preparing and implementing an ‘Action Plan for the Environmental Compliance Assistance Programme for SMEs’.
The project aims to demonstrate that local authorities are able to adopt effective harmonised accounting, planning and reporting methods for projects dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Specific goals are to determine a GHG baseline inventory and define a GHG emission target at municipal level in the project area and define actions and measures for target achievements at local level.
This project will reduce water pollution from nutrients at river basin scale by optimising the use of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) from livestock farms, thus reducing nutrient losses to water. This will be achieved by reducing nitrogen in manure by lowering N inputs in feedstuffs and by improving the efficiency of fertilisation to maximise the effectiveness of nutrients.
The project aims to develop an integrated strategic approach for mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from dairy farms. This will be achieved by monitoring 50 dairy farms in the province of Lodi. Information gathered during the project will assist researchers, farm planners, and policymakers to develop and maintain sustainable farming systems.
This project proposes a new approach to the use of energies for mobility. By introducing elements to reduce the pollutant impacts of traditional fuels, the general objective is to reduce CO2 emissions from traditional internal combustion engines. The methodology will involve turning a a methane-fuelled city bus into one fuelled by hydrogen/methane.
LIFE Nature and Biodiversity (15 projects – 28.8 million)
LIFE+ Nature (13 projects)
The main objectives of this project involve: safeguarding and improving key forest sites and riverine ecological corridors in the target area; identifying new fields for the development of an ecological network; implementing forest management models aimed at improving nesting conditions for herons; and piloting an integrated territorial land management approach (at province scale) that brings together all relevant public and private sector stakeholders.
The main aim of this project is to improve the conservation status of the endemic Sicilian subspecies of the rock partridge. Actions will target Nature 2000 areas identified as Special Protection Areas (SPA) and involve risk reduction works to tackle each of the identified threats.
The project seeks to make livestock husbandry practices and regulations more compatible with the needs of bears. The goal is to increase the number of farms in the bear’s range adopting effective prevention measures and compatible husbandry techniques by at least 30%.
The principal objective of this project is to safeguard and to restore some marine Natura 2000 sites of particular importance to the conservation of the priority habitat ‘Posidonia beds in the Tyrrhenian Sea’.
The overall aim of the project is the long-term conservation of the Appennine chamois along the Central Apennines. The project aims to establish five geographically isolated colonies of Apennine chamois in five parks, namely the Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park, the Majella National Park, the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, the Monti Sibillini National Park and the Sirente Velino Regional Park.
The main objective of the project is the improvement of the conservation status of the bottlenose dolphin in the MPA of Portofino. To this aim the decline in individuals will be prevented by an acoustic monitoring system detecting and tracking the bottlenose dolphins. A network of hydrophones, communicating with an on-shore computer centre, will be installed on the buoys of the Portofino MPA to identify and follow dolphins in real time.
The general objective of this project is to improve the conservation status of species and habitats in the Natura 2000 sites of the Taburno Massif, in particular the beech habitats with Fagus sylvatica, Ilex aquifolium and Taxus baccata with natural regeneration.
The main aim of this LIFE Nature project is to restore freshwater habitats in the former fish-farming areas of the Bosco Dueville Natura 2000 sites. Structural works will be undertaken to facilitate more natural habitat conditions and planting of local vegetation will promote the re-colonisation of amphibians (Rana latastei) and bird species (Alcedo atthis, Nycticorax nycticorax, Egretta garzetta and Circus aeruginosus).
The overall objective of this project is to restore coastal lagoons to their original condition and to widen the waste dune formations along the coastal area of the Sentina nature reserve.
This project is targeting the conservation of habitats and species in the Natura 2000 sites of the River Po delta. It aims to develop joint conservation actions between multiple public and private owners to achieve this result.
The main objective of this project is the long term conservation of two priority grasslands habitats that depend on good agro-pastoral management practices. An additional objective is the conservation of the butterfly species associated with these habitats, in particular, Eriogaster catax and Melanargia arge.
The general project objectives are to conserve the rare or endangered habitats of the Bosco dell’Incoronata regional natural park and to increase the biodiversity of the Valle del Cervaro - Bosco Incoronata site of Community importance (SCI) within the Natura 2000 network.
The Zone Umide Sipontine project aims to restore the Wetlands of Capitanata Natura 2000 site. Specifically, it aims to improve the conservation status of priority wetland, coastal-dune, coastal-lagoon and Mediterranean salt-steppe habitats contained within the site, and provide associated benefits for bird species.
LIFE+Biodiveristy (2 projects)
The main objective of this project is to control and eradicate threats caused by grey squirrels in different socio-ecological contexts. The project actions will be located in three different regions (Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria) in northern Italy.
The main objectives of this LIFE Biodiversity project are to ensure the survival of an isolated population of the rare plant species burning-bush (Dictamnus albus) and to restore the community of Dictamnus albus natural pollinators in a Bologna province regional park.
LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project - 1 milion)
The tendency of commercial fishermen to discard up to 60% of their catch as ‘by-catch’, because market demand is concentrated on a relatively small number of fish species, is both a serious threat to biodiversity and a cause of fish-stock depletion. This project intends to increase consumer knowledge and appreciation of neglected edible species (mainly local). This will activate a virtuous cycle by increasing demand for the species and their commercial value, thereby helping to reduce fish discards and preserve marine biodiversity.
LATVIA - 4 projects (8.3 million)
LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 8.3 million)
The main aim of the project is to improve the conservation status of the corncrake (Crex crex) in Latvia and to restore breeding habitats for the species in a degraded and abandoned section of the Dviete river floodplain.
The project aims to develop concepts for assessing the conservation status of marine biodiversity (including species and habitats) – examining the impacts of various human activities, as well as the impacts of nature conservation policy from a socio-economic perspective. Focusing on the Baltic Sea territorial waters and the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) of Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden, the aim is to apply a regional approach for future marine biodiversity monitoring and international co-operation when assessing marine biodiversity in the Baltic Sea.
The project’s main aim is to facilitate the enlargement of populations of Emys orbicularis, Coronella austriaca and Bombina bombina, and to ensure their long-term survival in Latvia, by implementing a combination of ‘in-situ’ and ‘ex-situ’ actions and by improving their legal protection.
The project’s goals are to develop a comprehensive ecological management system for Fennoscandian wooded meadows and rare species dependent on old-grown trees and undisturbed forest habitats; and to ensure the conservation of two EU priority beetle species: Osmoderma eremita and Phryganophilus ruficollis.
LITHUANIA - 4 projects (5.6 million)
LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 5.6 million)
The main project objective is to ensure the favourable conservation status of the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), which breeds in wet meadows and open fens dominated by sedge grasses.
The project aims to conduct inventories of marine species and habitats in the offshore waters of the Lithuanian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and designate Natura 2000 areas selected during site evaluation.
The main goal of the project is to protect the nesting sites of at least 10% of the national lesser spotted eagle’s population – that is around 2.5% of EU population (more than 200 pairs) – from direct destruction and indirect damage caused by timber harvesting.
The overall aim of the project is to create an ecological network in the south of Lithuania by ensuring the favourable conservation status of threatened populations of selected Habitats Directive species and simultaneously enhancing the ecological value of the target area.
LUXEMBOURG - 1 project (5.3 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project - 5.3 milion)
The project will develop concepts for environmentally sustainable tyres based on novel green material solutions. The beneficiary aims to reduce the weight, increase the mileage and reduce the noise of premium brand tyres, whilst increasing the amount of recycled and renewable material in the tyres. The ecological and economical benefits will be validated through the latest software for carbon footprint and lifecycle impact calculation.
POLAND - 10 projects (25.3 million)
LIFE+ Information and Communication (2 projects – 3.3 million)
This project aims to reduce risk of forest fires caused by people. Its general goal is to raise awareness of steps to prevent/avoid forest fires among rural residents and people using forests for recreational purposes. This is the second phase of a three-part campaign which aims to cover the entire country.
The main goal of the project is to raise awareness of climate change among leaders at county level and to stimulate initiatives in support of practical local measures to protect the climate and adapt to any changes.
LIFE+ Nature (8 projects – 22 million)
The general project objective is to restore the breeding colonies of waders, gulls and terns in the Middle Vistula Valley Natura 2000 network site (SPA), especially those within the Warsaw borders.
The main objective of this project is to reduce stork mortality risks associated with power-line collisions. Other stork support actions will include renovating nest sites and improving habitat conditions for the species’ main amphibian food sources. The latter will be achieved by increasing the water retention capacity of habitat areas and by raising groundwater levels.
This LIFE Nature project’s main aim is to restore degraded habitats located within the borders of the Warta Mouth National Park. Interventions will target breeding, feeding and resting grounds for birds in order to improve conditions for species that rely on open meadows and wetland habitats during migration and wintering.
The main goal of this project is to improve the conservation status of habitats and species at the Ostoja Biebrzańska and Dolina Biebrzy Natura 2000 network sites. Works extending over 9 000 ha will target hydrogenic habitats and restore appropriate water flow conditions in the vicinity of key areas, such as around the Rudzki canal, the Ełk river, the Jegrznia river, and the Woźnawiejski canal.
The main objective of this project is to secure a favourable conservation status for the largest Polish complex of xeric sand calcareous grasslands and inland dunes. Habitat restoration work will focus on the Pustynia Błędowska Natura 2000 site with the aim of restoring habitats here to the conditions they would have been in half a century ago.
The aim of this project is to link the production of biomass as a renewable energy source, with the large-scale mechanised management of aquatic warbler habitats. The project seeks to demonstrate that conservation management of this habitat can also be economically viable.
The overall project aim is to implement and improve protection measures for a number of important European wetland bird species that breed in SPAs within the five Polish national parks. This will be achieved by improving habitat conditions in order to increase the breeding success of the targeted wetland bird species and, at the same time, curbing pressures from invasive alien predatory species, particularly the American mink (Mustela vison) and the common raccoon (Procyon lotor).
The general objective of this LIFE Nature project is to restore and maintain habitats for breeding waterfowl birds that nest in meadow areas of the Warta Mouth National Park. Target species include the corncrake, gulls, terns, plovers and some ducks. Habitat work will safeguard appropriate plant succession processes and focus on permanently removing willow bushes. A two year programme of intensive grazing will be introduced in order to inhibit willow regeneration. This will be followed by the reintroduction of pasture on the meadows.
PORTUGAL - 8 projects (7.6 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project - 1 million)
The goal of the Building-SPP project is to mainstream sustainable public procurement (SPP) in Portugal and Greece by assisting public authorities in implementing a procurement strategy in line with their economic, social and environmental policies. It will also encourage co-operation among public procurers and promote greater market engagement among public procurers and suppliers.
LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 5 million)
The MarPro project aims to successfully implement the NATURA 2000 network for the target cetacean and seabird species and their habitats throughout the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of mainland Portugal. It will reduce conflicts between fisheries and the target species in order to ensure compliance with the Habitats and Birds directives.
This LIFE project’s objective is to demonstrate a methodology for the conservation of priority calcareous habitats in the Natura 2000 site, Serra de Aire e Candeeiros. The project aims to restore 1 000 ha of calcareous habitats and, indirectly, ensure the protection of non-priority habitats for the conservation of threatened flora and fauna.
The principal objective of the Life Ilhéus do Porto Sant project is to remove threats to the natural ecosystems of the Natura 2000 site of the Porto Santo islets and to improve the conservation status of species endemic to this region. The project will research the distribution, density and conservation status of endangered species of seabirds, terrestrial molluscs, plants and arthropods in the project area.
The Higro project aims to define a methodology for the restoration and active conservation of the temperate Atlantic wet heaths and nardus grasslands on silicious substrates in mountainous areas. It aims to achieve an ecologically interesting balance of the two habitats in the mosaic, whilst maintaining or increasing their total occupation area.
LIFE+ Information and Communication (2 projects – 1.6 million)
The overall long-term project objective is to reinforce, through educational and awareness activities, the compatibility of regional and territorial development in the Madeira Archipelago (i.e. socio-economic activities such as tourism, fisheries and agriculture) with EU biodiversity conservation policy (namely the management of nature reserves, sites, habitats and species listed in the Habitats and Birds directives).
The overall project objective is to develop a pilot experience for the Cultural Landscape of Sintra (transferable to other locations) aimed at changing people’s attitudes – targeting a decrease in carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, safeguarding local habitats and species and reducing biodiversity loss.
ROMANIA - 2 projects (1 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project - 0.7 million)
The Cleanwater project aims to develop, at the river-basin scale, an integrated water management system to identify waters under threat and designate vulnerable zones. This aims to provide the authorities with a means of developing effective river-basin management policies for the Barlad river and to assess their impact.
LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 0.3 million)
The STIPA project aims to improve the conservation status of two priority dry grassland habitats in the Sighisoara -Tarnava Mare Nature 2000 site. The beneficiaries will carry out field assessments of the conservation status of 10 000 ha of priority grassland habitats. With this information - and in consultation with farmers and other stakeholders - they will develop conservation action plans for the targeted habitats.
SLOVAKIA - 2 projects (2.9 million)
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 2.9 million)
The core objective of this LIFE Nature project focuses on halting and reversing unfavourable populations trends for the bittern and ferruginous duck in eastern Slovakia, especially within the Medzibodrožie SPA which remains an important migration route and breeding area for these and other birds.
The main objective of this LIFE Nature project is to enhance the conservation status of the imperial eagle (Aquila pomarina) in Slovakia. This will be achieved by establishing favourable conditions in the short term for stabilising the Slovak breeding population of the species in the Carpathian eco-region.
SLOVENIA - 3 projects (9.8 million)
LIFE Nature and biodiversity (3 projects – 9.8 million)
LIFE+ Nature (2 projects)
The overall goal of the project is to re-establish the favourable conservation status of eight targeted freshwater habitats and six wetland habitat SCIs. The project sites - Pohorje, Zelenci, Vrhe, Planik, Gornji kal and Mura-Petišovci (which are covered by by six SCIs and two SPAs) - contain different types of wetlands, all of which have suffered from a lack of appropriate management.
The overall objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of target bird, reptile and fish species and target habitat types in the Natura 2000 site, Sečovlje salina.
LIFE+ Biodiversity (1 project)
The overall objective of the project is to improve the conservation status and biodiversity of nocturnal animals at selected areas by reducing the negative effects of artificial lighting used for the illumination of cultural heritage sites.
SPAIN - 36 projects (94.8 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (27 projects – 60.7 million)
This project aims to introduce ‘natural’ ecosystem structures of wetlands and riverbank forests to reduce inorganic nutrients - nitrates and phosphates - and salts from agricultural runoff in the entire Monegros area.
This project seeks to develop a new process to improve and optimise the management and sustainable use of natural resources and waste from citrus fruit production. The project intends to construct and run an industrial prototype for producing bio-ethanol from the biomass generated through citrus industrialisation by means of a new fermentation process.
The project intends to develop a new method for manufacturing structural ceramics using laser technology in the firing phase, which should allow firing at lower temperatures. In the particular case of refractory bricks, the new process will reduce the firing temperature from 1 300ºC to about 900ºC, without compromising aesthetic or structural properties.
The Soria CO2Cero project intends to improve the environment of Soria and to fight against climate change with a series of strategic and legislative measures. Central to the project will be the creation of a corridor crossing the city and connecting different elements of its environmental and cultural heritage. The CO2Cero corridor will become a reference of municipal good practice on environmental sustainability and ecological culture.
The main objective of the MIPOLARE project is to evaluate, demonstrate and disseminate an alternative sustainable solution for the reclamation of mining sites based on soil amendment using two waste products - pig slurry and marble mud - and phytostabilisation.
The Accion Agroclimatica project aims to develop a tool for carrying out energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) audits on farms, and for identifying the most suitable crops and best practices for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. It seeks to provide a methodology that will be widely accepted by the EU-27 farming sector and applicable to most of the different agricultural systems.
The project’s main objective is to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of new tree planting techniques in desertified, poor and/or rocky areas. Innovative ‘waterbox’ technology will be applied to restore the sponge function of degraded soils and reinforce soils’ existing capacities for supporting plant life.
The main objective of this project is to improve Enguera’s capacity to protect its forest resource from fire and demonstrate new win-win rural employment opportunities that provide environmental benefits. New forest management tools and approaches will be developed to minimise fire risks. The potential of biomass as a source of renewable energy and rural employment will also be tested and evaluated.
The VALUVOIL project aims to demonstrate an environmentally and economically feasible method to improve the anaerobic digestion of residues and by-products generated from the processing of used vegetable oil.
This project seeks to demonstrate that the application of treatment technology and an adequate management scheme to pig manure can both contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improve the sustainability of pig farming.
The main aim of the WOODRUB project is to develop, test and demonstrate innovative environmentally friendly products made from recycled wood and rubber from used tyres. The project will provide managers of wood and rubber waste with a new end-of-life route for their products, and offer public and private construction firms a more environmentally friendly product option.
The project’s overall aim is to develop a cost-effective, spatial tool for more efficient, sustainable, water monitoring and management, in line with WFD requirements. It will produce a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) technology able to monitor extensive water areas and to provide data that could also be extrapolated to air and soil.
The objective of the project GREENING BOOKS is to improve the environmental performance of the publishing sector. This project aims to develop an innovative instrument aimed at all stakeholders across the entire lifecycle of the publishing process, by integrating existing tools, such as Ecolabel, EMAS, Eco-design and LCA, as well as the latest technologies.
The aim of this project is to demonstrate good practices in the management of agricultural organic waste that can help to reduce the environmental impact of cattle farms and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Project actions will focus on using agricultural waste for composting and methane production. An innovative system is proposed that mixes liquid manure from cattle farms with other types of organic waste (swine, bird).
This project will develop and demonstrate an innovative sorting unit to solve the problems caused by dark plastics, rubber and other difficult materials during recycling. This equipment is designed to enable the achievement of the goals established in future legislation concerning the management of solid wastes from automotive, electric-electronic and other sectors at their end of life – contributing to a closer application of policies and legislation in terms of the ELV and WEEE directives.
The NOISEFREETEX project aims to validate demonstrative solutions to reduce noise pollution in industrial estates close to urban areas through the use of textile finishing technologies. The idea is to define specific textile materials that have interesting properties for sound absorption and use them as constructive elements in industrial facilities. The project will also test different kinds of finishing processes and improve material properties.
The purpose of the project is to test and propose concrete solutions for reducing the environmental impact of the housing construction sector. The project will focus on three main areas: renovation, innovation in new constructions, and the use of information and communication technology.
The LIFE+ UFTEC project aims to demonstrate the feasibility and economic viability in drinking water treatment plants of direct ultrafiltration (UF) pre-treatment for reverse osmosis as an alternative to conventional pre-treatment: coagulation-flocculation, sedimentation and sand filtration. The proposed alternative technology should reduce economic costs and the environmental impact related to chemical consumption as well as the water losses in conventional pre-treatment.
The project aims to demonstrate the need and viability of sustainable management of wine production in the vineyards of the Rías Baixas within an integrated system. It will create an ‘Integrated Control System to Minimise the Environmental Risks’ based on a net of meteorological sensors located in vineyards, in order to minimise the use of chemical products to those strictly necessary.
The project’s objective is to restore the soil in the endorheic basin of la laguna de Los Tollos in order to restore the topography and recover the degraded soil in the old lake basin and surrounding areas. Other objectives are to eliminate the connection between the surface aquifer (saline) and the freshwater aquifer and re-establish surface hydrology processes.
The project proposes the development of a prototype to automatically separate food waste from its packaging, thus increasing the amount of vegetable waste that may be commercially reused. Another key objective of the project is to design, prove and validate an action plan to make use of the vegetal food surplus generated in food retailing by transforming it into animal feed. The proposed approach involves demonstrating an innovative methodology to recover vegetal food wastes in a hygienic way.
The project aims to develop the first full-scale demonstration of catalytic depolymerisation technology for the processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) produced in Catalonia. The demonstration plant will be capable of treating up to 30 000 tonnes/yr of mixed MSW and the catalytic depolymerisation technology aims to convert mixed biodegradable MSW into a synthetic diesel, which can replace conventional diesel.
The main objective of the DOMOTIC project is to demonstrate and quantify the CO2 emissions reduction potential of using intelligent technologies and models of construction in buildings. The project will introduce three models of the latest generation of house automation into three demonstration buildings of different types.
The SustainGraph project aims to develop an eTool for assessing the environmental impact of graphics products throughout their life-cycle. It will identify and promote good practice in the development of new, sustainable graphics products and services in order to guide European SMEs.
The Recycled-PVB project aims to develop a pilot plant to demonstrate the purification of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) from laminated glass. The overall objective is to help find a practical and sustainable use for waste glass from vehicles. It will develop knowledge about the specific equipment and technical characteristics required for washing, grinding and processing PVB.
The main objective of the project is to increase information and understanding of electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by radio communication stations. The project will draw up an inventory of radio communication infrastructure across Catalonia and will monitor and evaluate the EMF generated by this infrastructure, thus providing information for both local authorities and the general public about their strength and impact on health.
The main goal of this project is to promote the progressive deployment of electric vehicles as an alternative means of urban mobility. The Connect project will establish a pilot network of five ‘zero-emission’ electric recharging points for electric vehicles. These points will be fully fuelled by renewable energy and should provide a 75% more favourable ‘global ecologic balance’ than recharging from the mains supply.
LIFE+ Nature and Biodibersity (8 projects – 31.8 million)
LIFE+Nature (6 projects)
This LIFE Nature project’s objective is to improve the conservation status of the Cantabrian capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus cantabricus). Conservation works will target the Natura 2000 network sites that are being designated in the Cantabrian Mountains and so also benefit the birds’ habitat, as well as other allied species. Project outcomes are anticipated to improve the connectivity and functionality of the capercaillie’s habitat.
The overall objective of this LIFE Nature project is to help improve the conservation status of Margaritifera margaritifera and Galemys pyrenaicus in the Ulla river basin, and establish suitable conditions for recovery of the original populations.
The main goal of the project is to improve the ecological status of the Alfacada and Tancada lagoons through habitat restoration and management measures, such as improvement of hydrological function, elimination of infrastructure that interferes with connectivity, and creation of new lagoon habitats in existing rice fields and abandoned aquaculture facilities.
This LIFE Nature project’s main objective is to improve the conservation status of Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica) meadows. This will be achieved by undertaking studies and applying protection measures. Threats to the ecosystems (including pollution, boat anchoring, uncontrolled trawling and traditional local fishing and the expansion of exotic invasive species) will be investigated and mechanisms assessed for mitigating negative impacts on the meadows. Further studies will clarify the broader benefits linked to the meadows, plus the costs of their loss, such as impacts on fish populations, beach regeneration and deterioration of tourist attractions.
This project is dedicated to the conservation of the white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in the wetlands of Murcia. It aims to improve understanding of the breeding habitat of the species, extend and conserve its habitat and reduce the impact of humans and other species.
This project aims to significantly enhance the biodiversity of the lower reaches of the Aragon and Arga Rivers – an area of high population density of European mink (Mustela lutreola) in western Europe – by improving the conservation status of the species and restoring the fluvial ecosystems on which it depends.
LIFE+ Biodiversity (2 projects)
The main aim of this LIFE Biodiversity project is to address the negative environmental impacts on wetland environments from alien exotic turtle species, particularly the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta). A strategy will be developed to preserve aquatic endangered species of endemic fish and autochthonous freshwater turtles in Valencia and Portugal by eradicating wild populations of exotic invasive freshwater turtles.
This project seeks to implement, monitor, assess and spread innovative and demonstrative actions that significantly improve current strategies for combating illegal poisoning in the EU. The overall goal is to significantly improve the conservation status of endangered species affected by the illegal use of poison at EU level, especially of those whose primary non-natural cause of death is illegal poisoning.
LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 2.2 million)
The overall objective of the BIOCxLIFE project is to promote the production and consumption of products that allow citizens to contribute to stopping the loss of biodiversity.
SWEDEN - 9 projects (34.7 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (7 projects - 20.9 million)
The main objective of this project is to set up a number of actions that will demonstrate methods and techniques that inspire and motivate people to change their behaviour and become part of a process to develop more sustainable city management policies and governance.
The CLIRE project aims demonstrate ways of dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of the health sector in Skåne, in line with EU objectives in relation to climate change. The project seeks to: improve the procurement system so that products with a low carbon footprint will have a better chance of winning public tenders; establish a demonstration facility (‘the sustainable treatment room’) and a working methodology that can be employed by health clinics; and increase the use of renewable energy sources in hospitals, clinics and other health facilities.
The overall aim of the project is to demonstrate the potential of biogas to become a major contributor to energy production in Europe and an important tool in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. BIOGASSYS will demonstrate a sustainable system for biogas production and provide solutions and best practices that can be used to combat critical stages of the biogas life cycle.
The Climate Living in Cities Concept (CLICC) project will show how citizens may reduce their carbon footprint in the areas of housing, transport, and food and consumer goods. It seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of the city’s inhabitants by 50% and thus contribute to the wider EU objective of combating climate change.
The main objective of this LIFE project is to demonstrate the long term reduction of marine fouling using an environmentally-friendly hull paint, based on Ekomarine’s patented technique. The project will be performed in waters with varying salinity, temperature, depth, and other conditions.
The project will demonstrate and evaluate an innovative continuous ejection technology, based on a new method of expelling sludge from a separator. The system does not require any process water and therefore the sludge will be concentrated and dry. The result will be that more than 90% of the waste oil can be reused. The volume of oil going for incineration will then be reduced, which is in line with the objectives of the Directive for the Disposal of Waste Oils (75/439/EEC).
This project seeks to demonstrate a cost-effective means of producing transparent Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs), based on a patented technology that uses one-dimensional photonic crystals (1DPCs) to improve the efficiency and colour of solar cells. The demonstrated prototype production system will be a pre-industrial-scale system.
LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity (2 projects – 13.8 million)
LIFE+ Nature (1 project)
The main aim of this project is to restore specific habitat types to favourable conservation status within 23 Natura 2000 sites associated with the Swedish archipelago in the Counties of Västra Götaland, Halland, Blekinge and Stockholm. A partnership approach between the four counties is expected to provide operational efficiencies and increase understanding about nature conservation activity in coastal habitats.
LIFE+ Biodiversity (1 project)
The objectives of this project focus on halting the loss of EU biodiversity, particularly in wetland areas, caused by the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides). An early warning system will be established to track immigration of raccoon dogs and innovative culling/management methods will be applied to control the species.
UNITED KINGDOM - 6 projects (16.4 million)
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (4 projects – 12.4 million)
The project will develop an innovative ‘bottom-up’ approach to Green Public Procurement. It will demonstrate the use of supply-chain strategies to improve the environmental performance of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and achieve local authority sustainability targets.
The Electronic Duty of Care (EDOC) project intends to develop a national, Internet-based interface to record the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste materials. This aims to enable the monitoring and mapping of waste management without creating a mountainous paper trail.
The iGreen project will demonstrate how environmental guidance for SMEs can be taken to the next level by developing joined-up service provision through the NetRegs website. It will deliver innovative solutions around intelligence gathering, product creation, and dissemination of environmental information and messages through multimedia and multiple channels. Tools will include a legislation generator for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and environmental e-Learning tools for six different industries.
The main aim of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) and consolidate knowledge on hydropower sustainability performance in the EU. The project also aims to raise awareness and build capacity - primarily via an electronic outreach campaign - about the HSAP and hydropower sustainability performance among all relevant stakeholders, including Member State/EU regulators and policymakers.
LIFE+ Nature (1 project - 2.2 million)
This project aims to increase the population of great bustards on Salisbury Plain by extending the reintroduction programme to support the establishment of a self-sustaining population over the longer term.
LIFE+ Information and communication (1 project - 1.8 million)
The project will develop a network linking policymakers, river basin planners, practitioners and experts across Europe to share information and good practice on river restoration activities. A database of river restoration projects will be created, providing understanding of policy opportunities and constraints, the effectiveness of restoration methods, design issues and project costs/benefits.