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Brussels, 30 April 2014

The 2013 LIFE projects

Belgium (BE) 4 projects (28.7 million euros)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 9.8 million)

LIFE-GREEN4GREY (Vlaamse Landmaatschappij): This project intends to demonstrate the innovative development and design of multifunctional green and blue infrastructure elements in seven peri-urban areas of Brussels and Hasselt-Genk, in order to tackle the environmental and health problems linked to unsustainable urban sprawl. Contact: pieter.decorte@vlm.be

LIFE OxyUp (XYLOWATT SA): This project intends to validate a new and economically-viable oxy-gasification unit, testing it as an alternative to fossil fuel, in energy-intensive industries such as brickmaking, glass and tile manufacturing. The project will also test the viability of the technology when using various “difficult” biomasses such as sludge from wastewater treatment or agro-residues. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: Collignon@xylowatt.com

  1. LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 18.9 million)

HELVEX-LIFE (BENEGO/Grenspark De Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide): The project intends to restore and develop degraded habitats, including dune grasslands, dry and wet heaths and freshwater habitats in a nature reserve straddling the Belgian-Dutch border. Breeding birds, such as the European nightjar and tree lark are expected to benefit from the restoration measures. This project will build on the results of a previous LIFE project, HELA, and will be aligned with a new long-term management plan for the reserve. Contact: i.ledegen@grensparkzk.be

LIFE Pays mosan (Réserves Naturelles RNOB asbl): The project’s overall objective is to restore a mosaic of five threatened habitats in order to improve their conservation status and connectivity within the basin of the Meuse (‘Maas’) River and its tributaries between Andenne and Maastricht. Contact: info@natagora.be

Bulgaria (BG) 1 project (0.5 million)

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 0.5 million)

LIFE Riparian Forests (Executive Forestry Agency): The overall objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of alluvial forests with black alder and European ash in two Bulgarian sites of Community importance. The project also aims to improve the knowledge base and build local capacity for the restoration and management of these alluvial forests. Contact: tashev.k@gmail.com

Czech Republic (CZ) 1 project (0.6 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 0.6 million)

LIFE2Water (AQUA PROCON s.r.o.): The goals of the LIFE2Water project are to implement innovative technologies for tertiary treatment of municipal wastewater with a significant potential for improvement of effluent quality and to verify these technologies at pilot scale with the aim of contributing to the achievement of a good ecological status of aquatic ecosystems. Contact: radka.pesoutova@aquaprocon.cz

Denmark (DK) 2 projects (4.6 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 1.7 million)

LIFE NOVADRAIN (Knowledge Centre for Agriculture): This project aims to demonstrate two innovative drainage water filtration technologies at catchment and field scale. These new methods are expected to be cost-efficient ways of meeting the requirements of the Water Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive and the Floods Directive. The filters being tested should reduce the loss of nutrients from agricultural drainage and other drainage systems, both now and under future climatic conditions. Contact: flg@vfl.dk

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 projects – 2.9 million)

REWETDUNE-LIFE (Danish Nature Agency): The project will tackle all threats at local level in order to significantly improve the conservation status of the wet and dune habitats on the two northernmost Natura 2000 sites in Denmark. It also aims to create favourable conditions for two bird species: the great bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and the wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola). Contact: vsy@nst.dk, jah@nst.dk

Germany (DE) 6 projects (36.4 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 23.2 million)

LIFE+ CELSTAB (Procter & Gamble Service GmbH): This project will demonstrate on an industrial scale the feasibility of upscaling and integrating processes for the production of a new absorbent core and cellulose component for a specific feminine hygiene product. The process will combine patented technology in a new multilayer arrangement that uses 15-25% less material and reduces emissions by 10-15% tCO2 equivalent per year with an overall target for waste prevention of 15-25%. The innovative multi-layer material concept and technology aims to meet consumer product, quality and industrial-scale production process requirements. Contact: contact@email.com

SAFR (Trianel GmbH): The project aims to enable a further expansion of the share of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES) by developing an innovative and highly flexible thermoelectric energy storage system. This system, which will be demonstrated on Fehmarn Island, will operate as a flexible load (in order to avoid congestion) and as a generation unit (serving as a source of electricity in times of peak demand). The storage solution is highly flexible, location-independent and operates without emissions. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: a.lemke@trianel.com

  1. LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 13.2 million)

LIFE Forests-waterworlds (Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, Regionalforstamt Rhein-Sieg-Erft): The project’s main objective centres on conserving and developing oak-hornbeam forests, beech forests and lowland hay meadows in North Rhine-Westphalia. The project also seeks to preserve and support woodland bird species (black, middle spotted and grey-headed woodpeckers). In order to preserve and support the existing populations of amphibian species such as the warty newt, midwife toad and agile frog, work to improve water and wetland habitats is also planned. Contact: rhein-sieg-erft@wald-und-holz.nrw.de

LIFE Hochwald (Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz): The main objective of the project is the regeneration and protection of transition mires and bog woodlands inside the Natura 2000 site Hochwald in the Hunsrück low mountain range. The project seeks to restore ‘Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests’ in the adjacent areas on drier ground, and to develop the priority habitat type ‘Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior’ along the Thranenbach brook inside the Natura 2000 area, Obere Nahe. The project also aims to initiate and develop the endangered habitat type ‘Molinia meadows’. Contact: jochen.krebuehl@umweltstiftung.rlp.de

LIFE Feuchtwälder (Stiftung NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg): The project’s main aims focus on securing and restoring floodplains that include habitats of bog woodlands and alluvial forests in three riverine systems in Brandenburg. The project will re-establish a near-natural water regime within the alluvial areas and forests, as well as associated waterways. Moreover, in order to improve the conservation status of these alluvial forests, it will also stabilise and increase the interdependence between the watercourse and its floodplain. Contact: feuchtwaelder@naturschutzfonds.de

LIFE Luchs Pfälzerwald (Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz): The project’s main aim is to re-establish a lynx population in the Palatinate Forest, Rheinland-Pfalz. This will be achieved through a reintroduction programme involving the release of 20 lynx brought from Switzerland and Slovakia. Contact: jochen.krebuehl@umweltstiftung.rlp.de

Estonia (EE) 1 project (3.7 million)

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 3.7 million)

LIFE to alvars (The Environmental Board): The project’s main objective is to restore alvar areas on 2 500 ha of land and to create the right conditions for local farmers to manage these areas after restoration. The project also aims to directly involve private land owners and to raise awareness amongst the local community and the wider public. Contact: info@keskkonnaamet.ee

Ireland (IE) 3 projects (11.7 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million)

WISER LIFE (The Rediscovery Centre Ltd.): The project will demonstrate best practice in waste reuse and preparation for reuse through the creation of an innovative centre demonstrating excellence in reuse at every level of interaction, supported by an eco-cluster of resource-efficient enterprises, and complemented by a suite for environmental education, training and research programmes. Contact: tara@rediscoverycentre.ie

  1. LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 8.1 million)

LIFE Kerry (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): The project aims to improve the conservation status of pearl mussels on the catchments of the rivers Caragh and Blackwater (Kerry) which form part of the Killarney National Park, included in the Natura 2000 network sites (Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Caragh River Catchment, and Blackwater River (Kerry)) by the development and implementation of effective and cost-efficient measures for reducing diffuse losses of sediment and nutrients from forestry and farming. Contact: niall.redmond@ahg.gov.ie

Raptor LIFE (IRD Duhallow Ltd): The objective of the project is to restore hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) populations and enhance habitats for a range of species included in Annex I of the Birds Directive and Annex II of the Habitats Directive. This will be done by restoring habitat across a range of land use types through an integrated network of actions in south-west Ireland focusing on the Mullaghareirk Mountains, West Limerick Hills and Mount Eagle and the Blackwater River Natura 2000 network sites. Contact: duhallow@eircom.net

Greece (EL) 5 projects (7.1 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 4.1 million)

LIFE BIODELEAR (Hellenic Agricultural Organisation DEMETER): The project aims to develop a sound, integrated and environmentally sustainable management strategy to address the Mediterranean fruit fly problem in the Mediterranean region, using as an example the cultivation of citrus trees. It will implement an innovative, patented, environmentally friendly and low-cost food attractant (Biodelear) for the full-scale control of the med fly. The attractant is non-toxic to humans and selectively attracts female med flies but almost no other insects. Contact: mavrag1a@otenet.gr

LIFE FOODPRINT (JOTIS S.A.): The main objectives of this project are to evaluate the carbon footprint (CF) of the pastry and flour food industry sector along the production and supply chain, and to increase competiveness through the development of an innovative software tool. The project will carry out a large-scale demonstration of the CF tool in six pastry and flour food companies in Greece and Italy, in order to evaluate the carbon footprint of a number of products along the supply chain; to identify the factors in the supply chain that raise a product’s footprint; and to develop mitigation programmes for each of the food companies and their products with suitable offsetting measures. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: dladikos@jotis.gr

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 1.2 million)

LIFE ElClimA (University of Patras – Research Committee): The project aims to facilitate the adaptation of Eleonora’s falcon, a migratory falcon breeding in the Mediterranean, to ongoing and future climate change. It plans to implement a series of targeted conservation actions to improve the breeding performance of the species and the quality and availability of its foraging areas. Contact: sinosg@upatras.gr

  1. LIFE+ Information and Communication (2 projects – 1.8 million)

LIFE – INFOCYCLE (Appliances Recycling S.A.): This project intends to address the limited available quantity of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the Ipirus and Thessaly regions. Actions will focus on increasing the quality of processes by the partners of an existing collective recycling scheme, thus minimising its environmental footprint. Furthermore, several actions are foreseen to increase local environmental awareness regarding the risks of incorrectly processing WEEE. Contact: hagelakopoulos@electrocycle.gr

LIFE Natura2000ValueCrete (University of Crete, Natural History Museum of Crete): The project aims to support conservation efforts targeting the Natura 2000 network sites in Crete, to motivate the public to participate in relevant decision-making, and to show the socio-economic cost that would result from biodiversity loss in Crete. Contact: mprobonas@nhmc.uoc.gr

Spain (ES) 68 projects (116.1 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (51 projects – 82.5 million)

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN (AIMPLAS, Asociación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas): The project intends to demonstrate a new technology using supercritical CO2 for the elimination of hazardous substances present in polyethylene waste from packages of solvents or phytosanitary products. This technology will upgrade the recycling of this waste by reducing water consumption by 50%, chemicals use by 65% and energy consumption by 90%, cutting CO2 emissions in 630 kg per year. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: proyectos@aimplas.es

LIFE iSEAS (Agencia Estatal CSIC): This project aims to demonstrate an optimal fisheries exploitation model based on innovative solutions to minimise discards and manage the whole fisheries product chain. Some of the outcomes to be produced by the projects are the development of a technology to reduce the number of impacts and a pilot valorisation facility for discarded fish biomass. Contact: ricardo@iim.csic.es

LIFE GREENZO (Asociación de Investigación de la Indústria del Juguete, Conexas y Afines): LIFE GREENZO aims to develop and test a new method, based on plasma technology, to obtain zinc oxide from the hazardous waste produced by the zamak industry (zamak is an alloy of Zn, Al, Mg and Cu). The project expects to produce zinc oxide suitable for reuse in the rubber and chemical catalysts manufacturing industries. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: otri@aiju.info

LIFE REGENERA LIMIA (Confederación Hidgrogrfica del Miño-Sil): This porject will implement a series of innovative practices in the Limia region, aiming to reduce eutrophication of freshwater bodies and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions derived from agriculture and livestock. Among other outcomes, the project expects to achieve reductions in the use of fertilisers by farms (30%) and cattle breeders (50%), reducing eutrophication and cutting GHG emissions from these activities by 60%. Contact: adeanta@chminosil.es

Life+ SUBER (Consorci Forestal de Catalunya): Life+ SUBER aims to implement, demonstrate and effectively transfer new forest management techniques applicable to European cork oak (Quercus suber) forests (subericulture). These actions are designed to improve the forests’ adaptation and resilience to climate change and, subsequently, foster their conservation and the maintenance of the whole value chain associated with their management and valorisation. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: joan.rovira@forestal.cat

IMPROVE LIFE (Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies IDAEA-CSIC): The overall aim of IMPROVE LIFE is to demonstrate models to improve the air quality of underground rail systems. The project will be take place in Barcelona’s metro system and will focus on the development of easily transferrable protocols of action to reduce the presence of air pollutants in subway networks. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: teresa.moreno@idaea.csic.es

LIFE ECOdigestion (Aguas de Valencia S.A.): This project aims to test an innovative automated control device for waste dosage, with the aim of increasing the biogas production by anaerobic co-digesters in wastewater treatment plants. Among other results, with this technology they expect to increase the waste co-digestion capacity of the plant by 60% and its biogas production by 20%. Contact: avsa.idi@aguasdevalencia.es

LIFE AQUASEF (Ariema Energía y Medio Ambiente S.L.): The main objective of the project is to demonstrate, promote and disseminate the use of efficient and low-emission innovative technologies in the aquaculture sector, especially inshore. The measures to be applied by the project should reduce the energy dependence of aquaculture facilities, the oxygen dependence for the supply of the tanks, and the overall environmental impact in water ecosystems through techniques for effluent treatment and CO2 fixation. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: maribel.rodriguez@ariema.com

LIFE CO2FORMARE (Iberdrola Generación S.A.): LIFE CO2FORMARE aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of carbon dioxide as an alternative to chlorinated compounds in the removal of biofouling (of animal and vegetal life) from refrigeration pipelines in coastal combined cycled plants. This methodology proposes to obtain the CO2 from other local industrial facilities. Over the three years of the project, the beneficiary expects to reduce the use of chlorinated compounds by 4 500 tonnes and cut CO2 emissions by 150 000 tonnes. Contact: rmariscal@iberdrola.es

LIFE SEACOLORS (AITEX, Asociación de Investigación de la Indústria Textil): This project aims to demonstrate an innovative process for obtaining natural dyes from algae. The process proposed by the project expects to produce environmentally-friendly dyes that are capable of replacing synthetic dyes, thus reducing the presence of chemicals in wastewater and producing biomass (algae biomass) that is easily reusable in many sectors, such as food, cosmetics and fertilisers. Contact: miriam.martinez@aitex.es

LIFE-Aquemfree (Consejería de Agricultura y Agua, Región de Murcia): This project aims to demonstrate an environmentally-friendly photocatalysis technology to degrade completely the pesticide residues in wastewater from farms. Theyexpect to produce 60 000 m3 of pesticide-free water that can be used for irrigation. By demonstrating the effectiveness of the technology, the beneficiary intends to show that it can be easily transferred to all farming areas in Europe. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: fulgencio.contreras@carm.es

LIFE PISA (AIMPLAS, Asociación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas ): LIFE PISA aims to test the effectiveness in urban and recreational areas of different environmentally-friendly and pesticide-free plague-control systems for controlling the spread of the pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) and pine tree lappet (Dendrolimus pini), two moth species whose caterpillars are harmful to public health. Contact: proyectos@aimplas.es

LIFE+ IRRIMAN (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena): This project will implement an efficient irrigation management system, based on the ‘deficit irrigation’ approach, in three irrigation communities in the highly water-stressed basins of the Segura and Guadalquivir rivers. The proposed model is expected to cut the use of water and fertilisers to irrigate crops by 30%. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: raul.zornoza@upct.es

Life+ ClimAgri (Asociación Española Agricultura de Conservación / Suelos Vivos): The aim of Life+ ClimAgri is to develop a model for integrating climate mitigation and adaptation techniques in the management of irrigation agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin. Amongst other results, the model under development should reduce energy consumption by 20%, cut N2O emissions by 35%, and reduce CO2 emissions from energy use by 20% and from soil management by 40%. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: egonzalez@agriculturadeconservacion.org

LIFE PHOTOCITYTEX (Fundación Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo): This project will assess the effectiveness of using titanium dioxide-based photocatalytic nanomaterials in architecture textiles in Quart de Poblet, Valencia, as a way to improve air quality in urban areas. Contact: amalia@ceam.es

LIFESO2ZEROEF (Magnesitas Navarras S.A.): This project will demonstrate the viability of an innovative and environmentally-friendly wet desulphurisation technology for gases produced by the calcination furnaces of the magnesium oxide industry. As a result, the project expects to reduce SO2 emissions from the magnesite manufacturing process by 75% compared to existing best available technologies. Contact: b.zarranz@magnesitasnavarras.es

LIFE+ WHEYPACK (AINIA, Asociación de Investigación de la Industria Agroalimentária): This project aims to demonstrate the environmental and socio-economic benefits of an innovative and 100% biodegradable food packaging material made of Polyhydroxybutyrate obtained from whey, a by-product of the cheese industry. Contact: ttecnologia@ainia.es

LIFE ECOLAC (Fundación AZTI): LIFE ECOLAC will develop a software-based lifecycle assessment tool for analysing the environmental impacts of the diary industry. The final objective is to foster the implementation of eco-design approaches in this sector by providing information on different indicators such as carbon footprint, water footprint, potential depletion of the ozone layer and loss of biodiversity. The prototype tool will be tested and validated for six different dairy products. Contact: aesturo@azti.es

LIFE ENERBIOSCRUB (CIEMAT, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas): This project aims to obtain sustainable solid biofuels from biomass from shrublands under high risk of forest fires using innovative methods of forest management and harvesting. Apart from reducing the forest fire risk in these areas, the project also expects to cut CO2 emissions with the newly-developed biofuels. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: luis.esteban@ciemat.es

LIFE FACTORY MICROGRID (JOFEMAR S.A.): The project will demonstrate the appropriateness of microgrids as a green electricity generation, transport and storage solution for industries. In particular, the project will implement a series of renewable energy supply (wind and photovoltaic) and energy efficiency (transport and storage) actions in the beneficiary´s factory in the town of Peralta, Navarra. Amongst other results, the project expects to generate some 160 000 kWh/year of greenhouse gas-free energy. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: miguelc@jofemar.com

LIFE RECYMAGNET (L'UREDERRA, Fundación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico y Social): The objective of this project is to design and demonstrate a recycling plant for recovering NdFeB magnets from discarded hard disk drives (HDDs). The project expects to develop a recycling technology able to recover up to 80% of the rare earth metal content of NdFeB in HDDs with a purity of over 95%, and to reduce resulting waste by 85% in weight. Contact: lurederra@lurederra.es

LIFE FITOVID (NEIKER - Instituto Vasco de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario): LIFE FOTOVID aims to reduce the environmental impact of the production of grape juice and wine by testing different innovative techniques, mainly targeted at reducing the use of fungicides and assuaging the impact of certain grape fungal plagues. Actions to be implemented include the demonstration of a new Hyperspectral imaging device able to automatically detect fungal disease in the early stages of infection. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: yfernandez@neiker.net

LIFE EWAS (Wellness Telecom S.L.): LIFE EWAS aims to demonstrate the potential of advances in information technology to optimise waste management methods. The project actions will extend the uptake of innovative waste collection methodologies using low-invasive technologies based on software and hardware data collection and analysis technologies. The project expects to reduce the costs of waste management activities by 15-30% and their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 10%. Contact: talamos@wtelecom.es

LIFE TRANSFOMEM (IMDEA-AGUA, Fundación Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados): The objective of this project is to test an innovative and environmentally-friendly recycling process for waste reverse-osmosis desalination membranes, currently landfilled, in order to produce lower pressure ultra-nanofiltration membranes. Contact: juana.sanz@imdea.org

LIFE VINEYARDS4HEAT (Ayuntamiento Vilafranca del Penedès): This project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of an integrated municipal climate change mitigation strategy based on a series of actions involving all local stakeholders. Project actions will include the establishment of a Biomass Value Chain for generating green energy from vineyard-pruning biomass waste. The project expects to cut Vilafranca´s CO2 emissions by some 3 000 tonnes/year and produce 10 500 MWh per year of renewable energy. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: mediambient@vilafranca.org

LIFE+ WOGAnMBR (University of Burgos): This project will build and test an innovative pilot wastewater treatment plant using anaerobic membrane bioreactors that is specially adapted to the agro-food industry sector (i.e. designed to achieve better performance in treating wastewater with high content in fats and oils). This new technology should eliminate the use of chemical reagents for water treatment and reduce sludge production by more than 90%. The project will also valorise the oil and grease from the wastewater in biogas production. Contact: transferubu@ubu.es

LIFE+ TL-BIOFER (Biomasa Peninsular S.A.): This project will test a new wastewater treatment plant that incorporates twin-layer technology using microalgae immobilised cultures for nutrient removal. The project will also develop and test new biofertilisers using the remaining microalgae and liquid effluents resulting from the system. This new treatment system is expected to be able to eliminate 90-100% of nutrients (nitrogen - N - and phosphorous - P). The project also expects to produce 20 000 kg of biofertiliser during its lifespan. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: igonzalez@bpeninsular.com

LIFE BIOBALE (TUINSA NORTE, S.A.): LIFE BIOBALE will demonstrate a new and more efficient forest biomass cogeneration plant based in an innovative combustion system that will allow for the first time the use of large granulometry biomass (forest bales) without pre-treatment. This technology is expected to reduce plant operation costs by up to 50%. Other results foreseen by the project are the generation of 670 000 kWh of electricity and at least 1 000 MWh/yr of thermal energy, leading to a reduction of 690 tonnes/yr of CO2, 1 267 tonnes/yr of SO2 and 784 tonnes/yr of NOx. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: patricia@tuinsa.com

LIFE RENEWAT (ACCIONA S.A.): The LIFE RENEWAT project will demonstrate an intelligent renewable energy system for in wastewater treatment plants. This system will be able to manage the optimum renewable energy mix (wind and photovoltaic) depending on the plant energy demand and the environmental and weather conditions. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: josedaniel.garcia.espinel@acciona.com

LIFEAGROINTEGRA (Government of Navarra): LIFEAGROINTEGRA will demonstrate the environmental benefits of implementing alternative methods of crop protection, such as biological and integrated pest management (IPM). It will also demonstrate the biological efficacy of phytosanitary products of low risk. The project expects to reduce use of chemical plant protection products by 30%. Contact: delia.sola.jimenez@cfnavarra.es

LIFE ECOCITRIC (Ayuntamiento La Vall D’uixo): This project will demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental viability of a new valorisation system for agricultural waste from pruning citruses. The model proposed promotes prevention, reuse and recycling of waste, focusing on the concept of lifecycle and the eco-design of market-valuable products from citrus waste. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: fcano@europainnovacion.eu

LIFE RELEACH (Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic): LIFE RELEACH will demonstrate the technical and economical benefits from new landfill leachate treatment strategies based on the use of different existing technologies, mainly membrane separation processes, with the final aim to reduce as much as possible the concentrate stream produced in landfill leachate management. Contact: international@ctm.com.es

LIFE SMART Hospital (Fundación CARTIF): The LIFE SMART Hospital project intends to increase the resilience of hospitals to the effects of climate change by developing action plans based on best practices and customised training, all targeted at reducing the environmental impact of hospitals. Actions will be based around three main axes: energy, water and waste. The project will be carried out in Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega (HURH), in the city of Valladolid. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: external@cartif.es

LIFE BIOSEVILLE (Fundación Centro Tecnológico Avanzado de Energías Renovables de Andalucía): LIFE BIOSEVILLE will develop and demonstrate an integrated and sustainable system for the recovery of used frying oils generated in the city of Seville in order to produce a new, more competitive and efficient biofuel, comprised of methyl esters and glycerine ethers. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: guadalupe.pinna@ctaer.com

LIFE+ VALPORC (Asociación de Defensa Sanitaria Nº 2 Comarcal Porcino): This project intends to demonstrate a sustainable alternative to the management of pig carcasses and manure, focusing on the environmental problems derived from their current management and valorising these wastes by transforming them into biofuels (biogas and biodiesel) and organic fertilisers, with corresponding added environmental and socio-economic value. Contact: ads2porcino@hotmail.com

LIFE SMART-AGROWETLAND (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias): This project will develop and demonstrate an innovative system for integrating water management in agricultural wetland ecosystems. The system will integrate a wireless sensor network with a decision-support system in an online environment, enabling irrigation water to be saved and minimising soil and water degradation by salinisation. Contact: primo_edu@gva.es

LIFE TEXTILEATHER (ATEVAL - Asociación Empresarios Textiles Comunidad Valenciana): LIFE TEXTILEATHER will demonstrate the usefulness of the Multiple Laser Surface Enhancement (MLSE) technology for the treatment of textiles and leathers. This technology consists of a dry, continuous process that can reduce significantly the environmental impact of textile and leather finishing operations, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, waste production and the consumption of chemicals, water and energy. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: felipe@ateval.com

LIFE ZAESS (Técnicas Reunidas, S.A.): LIFE ZAESS will demonstrate an efficient, innovative and cost-effective energy storage technology based on a novel zinc/air flow battery. Among other benefits, this new technology is designed to increase rechargeability capacity and life span, reduce energy lost in the storage process, and increase the total capacity of the system, making it suitable for grid-scale renewable energy storage. Contact: agalindoc@trsa.es

LIFE WALEVA (Técnicas Reunidas S.A.): This project will demonstrate an innovative method to valorise rice straw waste as a valuable resource for the production of LEVA (levulinic acid), a chemical monomer much in demand thanks to its powerful and versatile application in such sectors as pharmaceuticals, biofuels, general chemistry, polymers and food. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: vlfernandez@trsa.es

LIFE EBRO-ADMICLIM (IRTA - Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries): The project will implement a pilot integrated approach for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Ebro Delta. This innovative approach will manage water, sediment and habitats (rice fields and wetlands) with the goals of optimising ground elevation, reducing coastal erosion, increasing carbon sequestration in the soil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving water quality. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: carles.ibanez@irta.cat

LIFE-PHOTOSCALING (CSIC – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas): This project will demonstrate the validity for air purification of different photocatalytic technologies in urban agglomerations. It will develop a series of actions designed to establish the parameters and instruments needed to scale up the photocatalytic technologies and foster their implementation in cities as a means of improving air quality. Contact: martaca@ietcc.csic.es

LIFE+ IntegralCarbon (University of Burgos): The main objective of this project is to implement and demonstrate the climate-mitigation efficiency of innovative agro-industry activities based on greenhouse gas capture by cultivated native algae, which will be then used to produce a soil bio-improver. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: transferubu@ubu.es

LIFE ENVIPHAGE (Fundación AZTI): This project will demonstrate the feasibility of the use of phages as an alternative and more environmentally-friendly solution to antibiotics for bacteriosis treatment in acquaculture. Amongst other results, the project expects to reduce fry mortality from bacterial pathogens by 50%. Contact: ihernandez@zati.es

LIFE+ RESPIRA (University of Navarra): This project will implement a series of actions to reduce the urban air pollution intake by cyclists and pedestrians, by using new technologies and other options in urban planning, urban design, and mobility management. Contact: iuriartep@unav.es

LIFE NanoCeramiCO2 (Asociación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Industrial de los Recursos Naturales): The project intends to reduce natural gas consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the ceramics production process. This goal will be achieved through an innovative method which involves modifying the raw materials with calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanoparticles. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: agripino.perez@aitemin.es

LIFE TRIVERS (University of Barcelona): The project will develop a software tool that uses hydrological and climatic data in order to assess the ecological status of temporary streams. This tool will contribute to the sound implementation of the Water Framework Directive, particularly in terms of the execution of river basin management plans and the evaluation of the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Contact: recerca.europea@ub.edu

LIFE+ REWIND (University of Zaragoza): LIFE+ REWIND will undertake a series of actions in order to foster the implementation and use of renewable energies in the agri-food sector, taking the wine sector as an example. Project actions will include the installation of two hybrid renewable energy generators and the development of software tools to help in the design and implementation of renewable energy systems in the wine industry. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: 125930@unizar.es

LIFE SOSTRICE (IAT – Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología): LIFE SOSTRICE aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation by means of a sustainable rice straw management model. Anaerobic digestion and combustion technologies will be used to generate energy from the rice straw residues. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: oalguilera@iat.es

LIFE MEMORY (Aqualia Gestión Integral del Agua S.A.): The project will demonstrate Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor technology. This is designed to be a more efficient alternative to traditional urban wastewater treatment systems and combines anaerobic digestion and membrane technology for reduced sludge production and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Contact: mdstorchg@fcc.es

LIFE Fresh Box (Fundación Parque Científico Tecnológico Aula Dei): This project will develop an innovative and more environmentally-friendly container in order to improve the sustainability of the whole value chain of fresh produce distribution through to the final consumer. The “Fresh Box” container will reduce food waste production, extend the shelf life of fresh produce and reduce fuel/energy consumption. Contact: life@transfer-lbc.com

LIFE Coop 2020 (Agrícola i Caixa Agrària i SC Cambrils SCCL): The life Coop 2020 project aims to develop and test a new sustainable business model for agricultural cooperatives. This model will be based on the creation of rural smart grids based on energy efficiency and renewable energy generation measures. The objective is that agricultural cooperatives become more competitive by reducing their energy consumption and generating green energy on-site. Contact: life@transfer-lbc.com

  1. LIFE+ Nature (14 projects – 26.1 million)

LIFE MIGRATOEBRE (Institut per al Desenvolupament de les Comarques de l'Ebre): The main objectives of this project are the conservation of endangered anadromous fish species (European sturgeon, European eel, twait shad and sea lamprey) and the restoration of the ecological connectivity of the Ebre River through the interconnection of natural areas included in the Natura 2000 network. Contact: idece@idece.cat

LIFE+ GARAJONAY VIVE (TRAGSA): The overall objective of this project is to support the natural regeneration process of the areas affected by the 2012 forest fire and the development and implementation of the necessary measures to reduce the risk of new fires in Garajonay National Park on the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands). Contact: jperdomo@tragsa.es

LIFE-TETRACLINIS-EUROPA (Dirección General de Medio Ambiente - Consejería de Presidencia - Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia): The main objective of this project is to preserve, improve and increase the area ‘Tetraclinis articulata forests’ in the Cartagena mountains (Murcia Region). This habitat is listed as a priority for conservation in Annex I of the Habitats Directive. Contact: felix.carrillo@gestiondeflora.com

LIFE CONHABIT ANDALUCÍA (Consejería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente – Junta de Andalucía): The aim of this project is to promote the management, restoration and an improvement in the conservation status of priority habitats present in Natura 2000 sites along the coast of Andalusia. Project actions will address threats that affect these habitats, also helpful to improve the conservation status of species therein. Contact: carmen.rodriguez.hiraldo@juntadeandalucia.es

Life+ Pinassa (Centre de la Propietat Forestal): The main goal of LIFE+ Pinassa is to contribute to the conservation of black pine (Pinus nigra) forest habitats in Catalonia, listed in Annex I of the Habitats Directive as a priority for conservation: Contact: tcervera@gencat.cat

LIFE CIPRÍBER (Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero): The aim of the project is to protect and provide the basis for the recovery of native endemic cyprinid fish populations in Natura 2000 network sites located in the south-west of Salamanca province. Contact: cmp@chduero.es

LIFE+ARCOS (University of Oviedo): The main goal of LIFE+ARCOS is to ameliorate the conservation status of threatened Cantabrian Coastal sand dunes by restoring areas within 10 Natura 2000 sites in order to achieve their best possible conservation status. Contact: nachofelpete@gmail.com

LIFE Miera (Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre): This project aims to improve the overall condition and surface area of natural habitats and the conservation status of a range of species in the Miera River basin. The project will take place in Natura 2000 network sites along the river, from its headwaters (the ‘Montaña Oriental’ and ‘Montes de Valnera’ sites), through its middle (the ‘Río Miera’ site) to its mouth (the ‘Dunas y Estuario del Puntal’ site). Contact: fundacion@fnyh.org

LIFE Madeira Monk Seal (Fundación CBD): The objective of this project is to solve known conservation problems facing the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) in Portugal’s Madeira Region. The project intends to identify new terrestrial and marine areas of importance for the species (breeding and resting caves and beaches, feeding areas) throughout the Archipelago. Contact: cbd-habitat@cbd-habitat.com

LIFE-PLETERA (Ajuntament de Torroella de Montgrí): The overall aim of the project is to carry out a comprehensive and definitive restoration of the La Pletera coastal lagoon system, an area whose ecological functions have been altered by building works. Project goals also include ensuring that the lagoon system can respond appropriately to predicted climate change (rising sea levels and greater frequency of extreme weather conditions, such as heavy sea storms), and guaranteeing the ecological functions of the system in both the short and long term. Contact: mviladevall@torroella-estartit.cat

LIFE FEEDING SCAVENGERS (Fundación CBD): This project will start a battery of protection actions mainly addressed at protecting the black vulture, a priority bird species. Key actions will centre on re-establishing the temporal and spatial availability of food in the vulture’s feeding habitat in the same way that it used to appear in natural conditions. Contact: cbd-habitat@cbd-habitat.com

LIFE LUTREOLA SPAIN (Tecnologías y Servicios Agrarios, S.A.): The three overall aims of this project are (a) to eradicate American mink established within the range of the European mink and in risk zones, (b) to increase the viability of the wild population of European mink through releasing captive-born individuals from an existing breeding program, and (c) to create a new monitoring network to assess the conservation status of native species after the project. Contact: mferrer@tragsa.es

LIFE LimnoPirineus (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) The project aims to recover aquatic habitats and species in three Natura 2000 sites of the high Pyrenees. It will target improvements in populations of the European common frog, common midwife toad and Pyrenean brook salamander, removing allochthonous fish to enable the re-establishment of populations of the target species in mountain lakes. Contact: programas.europeos@csic.es

PIROSLIFE (Generalitat de Catalunya) The general objective of PIROSLIFE is to implement a series of actions to strengthen the future of bears in the Pyrenees, with the goal of achieving a favourable conservation status for the species. It will develop management systems to ensure the bear has enough space in the whole range without causing conflicts with human activities. Contact: ajruiol@gencat.cat

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (3 projects – 7.4 million)

LIFE MONTSERRAT (Diputació de Barcelona): This project aims to develop ecosystem-based measures to increase the resilience and stability of forests against fires in order to improve the prevention of wildfires on Montserrat mountain (Catalonia). It will also contribute to the conservation and improvement of biodiversity in the Montserrat area. Contact: bellapartcj@diba.cat

LIFE elm (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid): The LIFE elm project aims to return the field elm to an important role in the Spanish forest landscape through its reintroduction in riparian habitats, and to preserve and expand the genetic resources of European white elm in the Iberian Peninsula, where only some relict populations still survive. The project also intends to further an elm breeding programme designed to combat Dutch elm disease and increase the genetic diversity of the species. Contact: luis.gil@upm.es

LIFE RIPISILVANATURA (Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura): The aim of the project is to recover and protect the riparian forest by control of invasive alien plant species, mainly in the priority habitat “riparian forests dominated by willows and poplar” and its associated habitats, in the high stretches of the Segura river basin in Murcia (namely the municipalities of Moratalla, Calasparra and Cieza). Contact: ladolfo.merida@chsegura.es

France (FR) 18 projects (74.6 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (11 projects – 45.8 million)

LIFE ZENITTHYS (ARELIS Group): This project aims to drastically reduce the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of telecommunications networks (such as visual and electromagnetic pollution). It will do this by developing an innovative hybrid station concept that capitalises on recent advances in electronic devices, signal processing and renewable technologies (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: jerome.david@thomson-broadcast.com

LIFE+ NOWASTHEM (HOLCIM France S.A.S): This project aims to demonstrate an innovative co-generation solution to unite cement production with the recycling of mixed coarse solid waste. The energy produced by a thermal waste pre-treatment process (pyro-gasification) will be used for production purposes, which will result in substantial fossil fuel savings. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: stephane.poellaer@holcim.com

LIFE BeeBus (Siemens S.A.S.): This project aims to test and validate an innovative green urban transport solution: an electric bus designed for quick recharging during stops at passenger stations. The use of electric propulsion will reduce emissions of many pollutants. In addition, thanks to the full recovery of kinetic energy during braking, the performance of the proposed system is significantly higher than diesel buses. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: valerie.cornetet@siemens.com

LIFE VANECO (Rhodia Operations S.A.S.): The objective of this project is to reduce the environmental impacts of the vanillin production process, an organic compound that is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean. The technology proposed involves improvements in the synthesis process, such as producing Diphenol in a unique oxidation-condensation phase and the use of catalysts in the final step of vanillin destillation, improving the energy efficiency of the process and minimising effluent by-products. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: francois.metz@solvay.com

BioSolWaRe-LIFE (Helio Pur Technologies): This project aims to improve wastewater treatment by developing and testing an innovative and more efficient method called bio-solar purification (BSP). Involving biological and solar technologies, BSP enables 80% water reuse, as well as the recovery of greenhouse gases and organic wastes. Contact: heliopurtech@gmail.com

LIFE+ EfficientShip (Enogia S.A.S.): This project will demonstrate the efficiency of an innovative technology for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of thermal engines. This will be done by adapting an innovative heat recovery technology (based on the Organic Rankine Cycle which converts heat into work) to mobile thermal engines in fishing vessels. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: arthur.leroux@enogia.com

INSPIRE4LIFE (BERTIN Technologies): This project intends to demonstrate an innovative automated sorting process for plastic materials. The proposed method will allow fast processing of large plastic pieces and will result in high-quality, market-ready recyclate, enabling compounders to produce and sell secondary materials to polymer producers. Contact: senac@bertin.fr

Life ADVICLIM (Université Rennes 2-Haute Bretagne): This project aims to improve local management of vineyards in the face of climate change. It will develop tools to measure and model both contributions to climate change and the impact of climate change. It will build on these to help identify the best responses to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change in vineyards. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: herve.quenol@uhb.fr

LIFE HICONOS (CMI Greenline Europe): This project intends to demonstrate a technology that will reduce energy consumption, and therefore CO2 and NOx emissions, in the steel processing industry. In particular, the project will test and approve a combustion system that uses an innovative rotating regenerator exchanger (a type of heat exchanger) in non-oxidising furnaces (NOFs). (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: eduardo.pintodesousa@cmigroupe.com

LIFE SustainEuroRoad (Union des Syndicats de l'Industrie Routière Française): The project proposes to fine tune and validate innovative software to drastically reduce the environmental impact of road construction and maintenance in Europe. If properly tested on different types of roads and environments, this software could be used in the technical specifications of the work on every road in Europe, significantly improving construction techniques for this sector. Contact: christine.leroy@usirf.com

PDT LIFE (CAVEB): This project aims to validate an innovative technology to improve the environmental performance of grassland systems and ensure their sustainability. Specifically, the project plans to develop and test an agro-environmental method called "dynamic rotational grazing", and demonstrate its beneficial technological, ecological and economic impacts. Contact: cgaborit@caveb.net

  1. LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 18.4 million)

LIFE Tourbières du Jura (Conservatoire d'espaces naturels de Franche-Comté): The objective of this project is to improve the conservation status of bog habitats in 16 Natura 2000 network sites in the Jura mountains. This will be achieved by removing exotic tree plantations and restoring the bogs’ original hydrological state. Contact: christophe.aubert@cen-franchecomte.org

LIFE+ DESMAN (Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels de Midi-Pyrénées): This project will improve the desman’s long-term conservation status in 11 Natura 2000 sites across three regions of France, by reconciling innovative conservation techniques with human activities (hydro-electric power plants, wastewater treatment, riverbank management and river-based leisure pursuits).Contact: melanie.nemoz@espaces-naturels.fr

LIFE GypHelp (Conservatoire d'Espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie): This project aims to connect the bearded vulture populations of Spain to those of the French Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the Causses and the Alps. The preservation of the species will be ensured by a reduction of mortality risks, the involvement of stakeholders, and a Europe-wide promotion of the issues. Contact: isabelle.epaillard@asters.asso.fr

Life+ Marga Haute-Dronne (Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin): In the short term, this project aims to establish the best conditions to maintain the population of freshwater mussels on the Upper Dronne. In the long term, it aims to enable population growth to make the mussel population viable. The continuity of the river will be restored by removing the main obstacles: dams, weirs and pipelines. This will allow the restoration of the habitats in the main stream and its tributaries within the Natura 2000 site. Contact: b.coignon@pnrpl.com

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (3 projects – 10.4 million)

LIFE+ PETRELS (Parc national de La Réunion): The overall project objective is to save two endemic petrel species from extinction. In order to overcome technical and financial difficulties hampering the adoption of the appropriate conservation measures, demonstrative and innovative management strategies will be implemented, while conservation tools adapted to the island’s urban context will be developed in order to involve stakeholders in reducing threats and undertaking conservation actions. Contact: marylene.hoarau@reunion-parcnational.fr

LIFE+ Forêt Sèche (Parc national de La Réunion): This project aims to preserve the semi-xerophilous forest of Reunion, and to re-establish connectivity between restored and relict plots. It will demonstrate that the long-term conservation of this habitat can be achieved at at least 20% lower cost than currently, through the implementation of innovative measures. Contact: marylene.hoarau@reunion-parcnational.fr

LIFE Giant Pearl Mussel (Université François Rabelais, Tours): The goal of this project is the conservation of the critically endangered Spengler’s freshwater mussel (Margaritifera auricularia) in France and Western Europe (specifically in the Charente, Vienne and Creuse Rivers, which are home to 98% of the global population of this species). Issues to be tackled by the project include habitat destruction, water pollution and overfishing. Contact: karl.wantzen@univ-tours.fr

Croatia (HR) 1 project (1.8 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 1.8 million)

LIFE.SU.SA.FRUIT (University of Zagreb - Faculty of Agriculture): This project aims to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically-viable strategic plan to implement integrated pest management, by promoting the use of low chemical approaches in field and post-harvest fruit production in typical Croatian and Italian agro-ecosystems. The project intends to create an environmentally-friendly management system for fruit production and storage, by making more efficient use of resources and ensuring food safety is not compromised. Contact: tjemric@agr.hr

Italy (IT) 47 projects (96.7 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (35 projects – 69.6 million)

LIFE EVERGREEN (University of Florence - Department of Agri-Food Production Sciences and of Environment): The project will demonstrate the in-vitro and in-vivo efficacy and reliability of the polyphenolic-based bio molecules recovered from agricultural non-food biomasses and wastes as disease control products against phytopathogenic bacteria and nematodes. It will show the bio molecules’ suitability as a replacement for current commercial pesticides and copper salts in conventional and organic agriculture. Optimised field treatments will also be carried out on several plants and crops having a high commercial value and used here as a model (olive, kiwi fruit, potato, tobacco). Contact: stefania.tegli@unifi.it

LIFE SMART4Action (Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali – Corpo forestale dello Stato): This project intends to re-shape forest monitoring and its information and reporting system in Italy, to facilitate its financial sustainability. It will do this by designing a new system to substantially reduce the costs and to value the importance of the present information in relation to national and regional statistics on key variables linked to sustainable forest management and ecosystem services. It will also improve communication, information and data transfer to a wide range of stakeholders, in order to promote awareness, support forest monitoring and consolidation of knowledge about key forest variables for different stakeholders. Contact: e.pompei@corpoforestale.it

LIFE REPLACE BELT (Plastic Metal S.p.A.): This project aims to prove the efficacy of a new modular conveyor belt made from 100% recycled plastics. Standard conveyor belts are made of PVC, synthetic rubber or virgin plastic, thus the new system will substitute these virgin elements with secondary materials and demonstrate a tight tolerance application for recycled plastics. Contact: replace@plasticmetal.it

LIFE BIOCOPACPlus (Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari): This project aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility and the effectiveness at industrial scale of the production of a bio-lacquer obtained from tomato waste and its use as a coating for food contact applications in metal cans. Contact: angela.montanari@sscia.it

LIFE – MERMAIDS (Italian National Research Council (CNR)): The main objective of the LIFE - MERMAIDS project is to contribute to the mitigation of the impact caused by micro and/or nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry wastewater on European seas’ ecosystems, by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments. Contact: mave@ictp.cnr.it

LIFE SEMENte parTEcipata (University of Florence – Department of Agri-Food Production Sciences and of Environment): This project aims to create and maintain a composite cross population of durum wheat germplasm (Triticum turgidum subsp durum L.) and other species of the genus Triticum through evolutionary genetic improvement to create agro-systems that are more resistant to climate change. Contact: stefano.benedettelli@unifi.it

LIFE+ DIGITALIFE (GranitiFiandre SpA): The objective of the project is to demonstrate an innovative approach to the production of photocatalytic surfaces, by using digital printing technology. This represents an important paradigm shift for state-of-the-art titanium dioxide (TiO2) coating processes. Contact: vcapucci@iris-group.it

LIFE GIOCONDA (Institute of Clinical Physiology - National Research Council): The main objective is to provide local authorities with an innovative methodology that can effectively support policies on environment and health, by involving young people in decision-making processes. Data relating to air and noise pollution conditions will be collected in four cities and assessed by the risk perception of teenagers, and their willingness-to-pay for local services related to environmental health issues. This information will be used to develop and test an online platform to facilitate the application of environmental and health risk governance and policies. Contact: liliana.cori@ifc.cnr.it

HFree Life Pickling (Rivit SpA): The project aims to develop a new process of electrolytic pickling for duplex and special stainless steel, welded and seamless pipes. The process should be comparable in outputs with current chemical pickling, but without the need for hydrofluoric or other acids, or for other toxic or harmful substances. The new process will also reduce treatment time. Contact: matteo.bulla@rivit.com

AUTOPLAST-LIFE (Valsir S.p.A.): This project aims to develop a system for the recovery and recycling of special plastic waste from the automotive sector. The system will include a network for the selective collection of vehicles’ waste tanks and reservoirs, as well as a pilot recycling plant to generate recyclable secondary material. Contact: andrea.sbicego@valsir.it

LIFE-AGRICARE (Veneto Agricoltura): The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate that the introduction of new integrated agriculture applications, incorporating precision farming technologies, have significant potential in terms of energy saving and greenhouse gas reductions. Contact: lorenzo.furlan@venetoagricoltura.org

LIFE NATURe (S.A.C.ME. S.R.L.): This project aims to demonstrate a new, environmentally friendly process for recycling light alloy chips that are oxidised or contaminated by lubricants or coolants. It aims to use the recycled metal in the production of high-quality wire made with an outer shell of recycled light alloys. Contact: sacmesrl@legalmail.it

LIFE+ inREACH (Ticass s.c.r.l.): The objective of the project is to streamline REACH and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) compliance checks for goods imported into the European Economic Area and the EU customs space, by simplifying access to and tracking of relevant REACH and CLP information, such as substance identity, registrant identity, substance registration status, safety datasheets and the presence of substances of very high concern (SVHCs). This will facilitate transit through EU main access points, while ensuring proper data security and correct policies for access to them, in order to preserve confidentiality, industrial and intellectual property rights. Contact: info@ticass.it

LIFE GREENJOIST (IMAL Srl): This project aims to demonstrate the economic and environmental feasibility of an eco-innovative recycling process that is able to reuse and valorise wood waste to produce green, high-quality and cost-effective joists for different industrial sectors (e.g. manufacturing, transportation, logistics and construction). Contact: lauro.zoffoli@imal.com

PHOTOLIFE (ECO RECYCLING SRL): This project aims to reduce the overall environmental impact of photovoltaic modules across their lifecycle by constructing a pilot treatment plant for end-of-life photovoltaic panels. Using relatively simple and mild physical and chemical operations, it aims to achieve a wide level of recycling and recovery of valuable raw materials in line with the WEEE Directive. Contact: luigi.toro@uniroma1.it

LIFE SAM4CP (Provincia di Torino): The project aims to create an easy-to-use simulator that will allow territorial decision makers to include the ecological functions of soil within the assessment of the environmental and economic costs and benefits associated with possible urban planning and land-use measures and choices. The simulator will allow different territorial transformation scenarios to be assessed according to the seven main ecological functions provided by soil in order to integrate these functions – and their potential gain or loss – into the decision-making process. Contact: simonetta.alberico@provincia.torino.it

LIFE – DYNAMAP (ANAS S.p.A.): The project aims to develop a dynamic noise mapping system that is able to detect and represent in real time the acoustic impact of road infrastructure. This will help implement the European Noise Directive, which requires the updating of noise maps every five years. The project will develop an integrated system for automated data acquisition and processing of road noise. Contact: p.bellucci@stradeanas.it

LIFE in SustainaBuilding (Mamma Rosa’s Project S.r.l.): The overall objective of the project is to set up a demonstration production line for valorising various waste materials including unsorted glass waste that are currently sent to landfill. It specifically aims to recycle this waste to produce innovative construction materials – such as bricks, panels, wall coverings, and internal and external flooring. Contact: fabio.raimondi@mammarosas.it

LIFE RINASCE (Consorzio di Bonifica dell'Emilia Centrale): This project aims to reduce the risk of flooding and achieve good ecological status of the waters in the Po floodplain through ecological restoration of the channel network and vegetation management. It aims to demonstrate the feasibility and environmental and socio-economic benefits of such measures on a large floodplain area. Contact: aruffini@emiliacentrale.it

LIFE CARWASTE (PAL srl): The project plans to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology and process to facilitate the re-use of ‘fluff’ materials in cement and steel plants in line with the lifecycle management of end-of-life vehicles. It will design and construct a pilot plant that aims to finely separate small shredded car waste materials and to recover and recycle component materials for the production of high quality fuel for cement and steel plants, meeting EU regulations on standards for solid recovered fuels. Contact: up.pal@pec.it

LIFE ECODEFATTING (Chemical Department "Ugo Schiff" - Florence University): The project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using innovative, environmentally-friendly products for the defatting phase of the leather tanning process. The project aims to replace toxic chemical products with natural products from renewable sources, avoiding the use of defatting agents which contain chlorinated molecules and favour the transformation of chromium III into chromium VI during the disposal of waste leather and used leather articles. Contact: massimo.corsi@unifi.it

LIFE PERSUADED (Istituto Superiore di Sanità): The project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of both the levels of Bisphenol A and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate in children and their mothers, and the links between exposure to these endocrine disruptors and developmental and health problems in children, thus helping to reduce exposure and reduce risks from endocrine disruptors. Contact: cinzia.larocca@iss.it

LIFE+ COBRA (Brembo S.p.A.): This project aims to demonstrate a completely novel brake pad technology, based on the use of cement instead of phenolic resins. It plans to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals and particulate matter from the production and use of brake pads, while maintaining braking performance compared to conventional current technologies. Contact: elizabeth_guidi@brembo.it

LIFE GREEN GAS NETWORK (Pietro Fiorentini SpA): The project aims to demonstrate the applicability of a new management and control system to regulate pressure levels in natural gas distribution networks. It will implement new software to manage remote communication between devices on the network and a control centre and process data in real time to optimise pressure on each branch of the network. The system is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from gas leaks from the system by at least 3%. Contact: max.ambrosi@fiorentini.com

MAGNHEAT-LIFE (SAET SPA): This project aims to demonstrate the first full-scale industrial application of a novel direct current induction-heating furnace for aluminium extrusion. The project intends to show that this innovative technique could be a Best Available Technique. Contact: simona.baghiu@saetgroup.com

Life Is.eco (Saint-Gobain PPC ITALIA S.P.A.): The project’s main aim focuses on implementing an innovative recycling/waste management system for bitumen-polymer wastes and glass wool scraps. It will do this through the realisation of the two pilot plants established to recover bitumen-polymer membranes and insulation mineral materials. These materials can be valued, prepared for reuse, and then converted back in the production cycle for new goods containing bitumen-polymer and glass wool. Contact: fabrizio.calgione@saint-gobain.com

LIFE for life's material (Caleffi Srl): The project aims to develop and test two innovative technologies: cryogenic machining and spark plasma sintering. Either technique alone would not allow reprocessing or recovery of titanium chips on site, but used in conjunction they open the way for a completely new approach to machining and closed cycles with zero waste production. The project will thus combine the two technologies to develop a small demonstration line for complete and direct recycling of titanium chips, and the chip removal process (about 1 500 kg/year). Contact: christian.caleffi@caleffisrl.it

LIFE-Inno.Pro.Wire (Officine Maccaferri SpA): The project aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative process for the production of extruded steel wires, with lower environmental impact compared to the conventional process. The innovation is based on the use of a new polyamide coating for steel wires called PA6, which is used instead of PVC, to improve environmental and technical performance. The new process will be demonstrated on an extrusion line, in which softened metal is forced through a shape to produce a continuous ribbon of wire product. Contact: claudio.colibri@maccaferri.com

LIFE MED (CAUTO Cantiere Autolimitazione Cooperative Sociali a.r.l): This project aims to improve waste management for discarded medical equipment, with environmental, economic and social benefits. It will do so by implementing a new integrated management system for discarded medical equipment, in particular biomedical devices and by correcting management of medical waste, by means of the specific characterisation of medical WEEE. Contact: brescianini.anna@cauto.it

LIFE long WASTE-FREE LLWF (Meditalia s.r.l.): The project aims to introduce an innovative method of measuring real-time moisture content of polymers to be recycled, and to adjust the de-moisturising treatment according to the data acquired in order to avoid the formation of over-treated materials. This novel method of dehumidification during PVC production is expected to reduce energy consumption, the use of raw materials and chemical additives, the production of waste, and to generally optimise the production cycle. Contact: g.mazzaro@meditaliasrl.com

GREEN LIFE (Gruppo Dani S.p.A.): This project aims to develop new technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the leather processing industry. It specifically plans to introduce an enzymatic and oxidative liming process to produce leather of the same quality, with reduced environmental costs. This will correspondingly reduce the volume of harmful waste by-products - such as solid waste containing chromium and sulphates. It will also reduce the volume of unwanted hazardous emissions to the air. Contact: guido_zilli@gruppodani.it

CSMON-LIFE (Università degli Studi di Trieste - Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita): The project aims to contribute to a new strategic approach, by enlarging and improving the knowledge base for biodiversity policies in Italy, one of the EU countries with the highest biodiversity. This goal will be achieved by promoting active collaboration amongst scientists, public administrations and citizens in discovering, monitoring and protecting biodiversity, thus providing a further contribution to the needs of policy-makers. Contact: martelst@units.it

AIS LIFE (Università degli Studi di Firenze - Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente (DISPAA)): The overall objective of this project is to develop an information base to enable policy-makers dealing with environment and health issues to better manage pollen-related allergic respiratory diseases. Contact: francesca.natali@unifi.it

SNOW-LIFE (A.S.O. SIDERURGICA SRL): The project’s main goals focus on demonstrating the potential of SNOW technology to act as a cost-effective waste reduction and reuse solution for white slag (and associated frazzled refractory linings) from EU steel plants. An innovative system will be tested to verify optimal operational parameters for recovering free lime, dololime and magnesium oxide from white slag and exhausted refractory materials. The recovery process will include the reintroduction of the materials directly back into the steelmaking process, thereby substituting 30-50% of the lime additive presently purchased. Contact: m.svanera@asogroup.it

LIFE+ K-12 (Dow Italia S.r.l.): This project aims to demonstrate at pre-industrial scale a novel insulation material that uses CO2 as a blowing agent and has a zero Ozone Depletion Potential and minimum Global Warming Potential. The use of the new foam could lead to the development of more energy efficient fridges and other cold appliances, with energy consumption reduced by some 50% and 20% respectively, in comparison with the best in the class labeled A+/A++. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: vparenti@dow.com

  1. LIFE+ Nature (10 projects – 24.2 million)

SUN LIFE (Regione Umbria - Servizio Sistemi Naturalistici e Zootecnia): The aim of the project is to draw up a strategy for the the effective and sustainable management of the entire network of Natura 2000 sites in Umbria. The project intends to achieve and maintain favourable conservation status of the habitats and species in these sites by identifying targeted conservation measures and restoring ecological connectivity and functionality. Contact: ffiorentini@regione.umbria.it

LIFE AGREE (Provincia di Ferrara - Settore Ambiente ed Agricoltura): The overall objective of the project is the long-term conservation of Natura 2000 habitats and species of a delta coastal lagoon in the Province of Ferrara, by means of integrated management that exploits the dynamism of the lagoon and its constant sedimentary deposit. Contact: paola.magri@provincia.fe.it

LIFE PLUTO (Ente Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga): The main objective of this project is to favour the conservation of brown bears, wolves and scavenger raptors in Italy, carrying out large-scale measures to combat the illegal use of poison. A cornerstone of the project will be the deployment of Anti-Poisoning Dog Units across much of Italy. Contact: monica.difrancesco@gransassolagapark.it

LIFE RES MARIS (Amministrazione Provinciale di Cagliari - Settore Ambiente): This project targets the Province of Cagliari and is mainly concerned with addressing the negative impacts of the introduction of invasive alien species to its native habitats. The overall objectives are to reduce and/or eliminate the threat to the habitats from invasive plant species and to restore sensitive areas and help them recover. Contact: ASanna@provincia.cagliari.it

LIFE MIRCO-lupo (Ente Parco nazionale dell'Appennino tosco-emiliano): The project aims to improve conditions for wolf conservation, addressing some anthropogenic threats connected with the presence of stray dogs in the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park. Contact: willy.reggioni@parcoappennino.it

SOSS DUNES LIFE (Municipality of Sant'Anna Arresi): This project focuses on safeguarding and managing the south-western Sardinian dunes, a protected habitat that faces significant pressure caused by mass tourism. The main objective is to apply the best possible practices and demonstration actions to protect the habitats, in particular the coastal juniper dunes, and to establish a common approach for their long-term protection. Contact: sossdunes@comune.santannaarresi.ca.it

RESTO CON LIFE (Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano): This project aims to improve the conservation of various seabirds and other bird species and habitats in the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. This will be achieved mainly by restoring habitats and by the eradication of alien animal and plant species to restore natural insular communities and/or to improve breeding performances of autochthonous species. Contact: giannini@islepark.it

LIFE WHALESAFE (Università degli Studi di Genova): The project will develop an interference avoidance system, aimed at detecting and tracking sperm whales, identifying the threats and preventing collisions and other risks by issuing warning messages in real time to the ships on the area. A protocol for reducing the disturbance and strike risks will be drafted and agreed by stakeholders involved, in cooperation with the local coastguard. Contact: Mauro.Taiuti@ge.infn.it

PAN LIFE (Regione Calabria - Settore Cooperazione e Internazionalizzazione): The main goal of the project is to produce a programme for the for the long-term management of the entire Calabria region Natura 2000 network and for its restoration to a satisfactory state of conservation, ecological and functional coherence. Contact: n.mayera@regcal.it

LIFE BARBIE (Università degli Studi di Parma): The project’s main objective is to preserve and restore native populations of the Mediterranean barbel (Barbus meridionalis) and the Italian barbel (Barbus plebejus) in 14 Natura 2000 network sites in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, distributed along a wide geographic area, from the Apennines to the Po plain. Contact: francesco.nonnismarzano@unipr.it

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (2 projects – 3.0 million)

LIFE U-SAVEREDS (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale): The main goal of this project is the conservation of the European red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in Umbria and of biodiversity in the Apennines ecosystems. Another primary goal is to obtain a broad consensus among public opinion in support of management actions. These actions will include the humane capture and eradication of invasive grey squirrels in accordance with animal welfare laws. Contact: piero.genovesi@isprambiente.it

SelPiBioLife (Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Centro di Ricerca per la Selvicoltura): The main objective of the project is to demonstrate the potential of an innovative silvicultural treatment to enhance the level of biodiversity in the soil of black pine stands. Soil biodiversity will be analysed according to its main components (flora, fungi, bacteria, mesofauna, nematods and microarthropods). A key goal of the project is to evaluate the effects of selective thinning on soil biodiversity in young black pine stands. Contact: paolo.cantiani@entecra.it

Cyprus (CY) 3 projects (3.8 million)

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 1.0 million)

LIFE-FORBIRDS (Department of Forests, Ministry of agriculture, natural resources and environment): The project aims to implement conservation/management measures that will substantially improve the ecological conditions for 11 bird species in three Natura 2000 sites. It will also promote the benefits of a holistic approach in forest management. Contact: ttsintides@fd.moa.gov.cy

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (1 project – 0.6 million)

AgroLIFE (Cyprus University of Technology): The project focuses on low-intensity farming systems. The main objectives include conservation biodiversity in vineyards and carob groves with a strong focus on bird species, supporting sustainable agricultural practices that increase ecosystem services and encouraging stakeholder involvement. Contact: c.chrisostomou@cut.ac.cy

  1. LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 2.2 million)

LIFE KNOW WASTE (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation): This project intends to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling (RRR) in Cyprus, through an awareness-raising campaign based on an integrated communication strategy designed to inform, educate and motivate. The project aims to bring about an identifiable change in the perception, awareness and habits of the general public and specific stakeholder groups. Contact: kyriakos@opinionaction.com

Latvia (LV) 3 projects (4.3 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 0.8 million)

LIFE EcosystemServices (Nature Conservation Agency): The project will introduce an innovative approach to the conservation of natural values, while balancing those values with social and economic considerations. It will achieve this by providing knowledge that can be used in selecting development scenarios for different regions of Latvia and the country as a whole, as well as other EU Member States. This innovative approach will be developed according to best EU practices and the use of environmental economic indicators (including the economic assessment of the ecosystems). The project will help update existing practice for the implementation of spatial development plans, nature conservation plans and other related planning documents in Latvia, and in the selected pilot target areas in particular. Contact: andris.sirovs@daba.gov.lv

  1. LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 3.5 million)

LIFE_Wetlands (University of Latvia): The project aims to secure a favourable conservation status for priority bog habitats in protected sites in Latvia. It seeks to diminish the threats that cause problems for the habitats and restore conditions for their natural regeneration. It will also introduce good practices for the long-term protection and management of the sites. Contact: mara.pakalne@lu.lv

LIFE AQPOM (Latvian Fund for Nature): The main objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of the lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina) in Latvia - the key breeding area for this species in Europe. Its primary approach is to establish a network of Special Protected Areas, designated for the protection of the lesser spotted eagle’s breeding grounds. Contact: ldf@ldf.lv

Lithuania (LT) 3 projects (6.0 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 2.8 million)

LIFE Viva Grass (Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania): The project will contribute to the improvement of land use and nature conservation policies and to the legal framework for the long-term maintenance of grassland biodiversity and the ecosystem services grasslands provide. It will achieve this aim by encouraging an ecosystem-based approach to planning and by promoting economically-viable grassland management. The project will demonstrate opportunities for the multifunctional use of grasslands as a basis for strengthening the sustainability of rural areas and as a stimulus for local economies. Contact: kestutis.navickas@bef.lt

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 1.6 million)

WETLIFE 2 (Nature Heritage Fund): The project aims to restore important habitats within the Amalva and Kamanos wetlands in Lithuania. Its primary approach will be the restoration of proper hydrological conditions. This should benefit rare and endangered species as well as securing the provision of ecosystem services provided by the mire habitats. Contact: info@gpf.lt

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (1 project – 1.6 million)

LIFE Birds on Electrogrid (Lithuanian Ornithological Society): This project aims to improve the conservation status of migratory, wintering and breeding bird species found in Lithuania, in particular the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) and the common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), through a reduction in the negative impact of high voltage overhead electricity transmission lines on their populations. Contact: liutauras.raudonikis@birdlife.lt

Luxembourg (LU) 3 projects (12.8 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 8.0 million)

LIFE DI-CNG (Delphi Automotive Systems Luxembourg S.A.): The project aims to make a large step toward clean road vehicles by developing and demonstrating a new injection technology that will allow Direct Injection of Compressed Natural Gas into car engines. The use of such an innovative technology will bring highly significant reductions of CO2 and other emissions, compared to gasoline or diesel engines. The injector will be fully compliant with original equipment manufacturers’ specifications and regulations. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: camille.feyder@delphi.com

  1. LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 4.8 million)

LIFE grassland Luxembourg (Syndicat Intercommunal de l’Ouest pour la Conservation de la Nature): This project’s main objective focuses on protecting endangered grassland habitats, as well as a number of animal species that depend on these habitats, within 16 Natura 2000 network sites in the western part of the ‘Gutland’ of Luxembourg. These goals will be achieved via purchase of grasslands and subsequent restoration and improvement of the conservation status of these habitats. Contact: yves.schaack@sicona.lu

Life Orchis (Fondation Hëllef fir d'Natur): The project’s main objective centres on securing and restoring all known existing calcareous grasslands in the south-east of Luxembourg. Special emphasis will be given to restoring the priority habitat ‘orchid-rich calcareous grasslands’ in order to help achieve national and European conservation objectives. Contact: g.moes@naturemwelt.lu

Hungary (HU) 6 projects (13.9 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.0 million)

INSECTLIFE (Centre for Agricultural Research - Hungarian Academy of Sciences): The project plans to further improve EDAPHOLOG, a pest management tool developed by an earlier LIFE project, to enable the system to detect pests and beneficial insects living in above ground biotypes. The project aims to assemble the different CSALOMON pheromone traps used for certain pest species and EDAPHOLOG sensors into a new construction. This would have the advantage of allowing detection of pest emergence and population changes in an immediate and automatic way, and would detect only the targeted pest. Moreover, this automatic counting technique will provide much more accurate data for the growers than traditional manual counting methods. Contact: dombos.miklos@agrar.mta.hu

  1. LIFE+ Nature (3 projects – 8.8 million)

ROLLER LIFE+ (MME BIRDLIFE HUNGARY): The main objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of the European roller (Coracias garrulus) in the Carpathian Basin. This will be done by creating nesting opportunities for rollers in 17 Natura 2000 network sites in Hungary and in 15 such sites in Western Romania, as well by improving the management of roller habitats, and by demonstrating the new management methods to landowners and land managers. Contact: mme@mme.hu

RAPTORSPREYLIFE (Fertő-Hanság National Park Directorate): This project aims to reinforce ongoing efforts to strengthen the European core populations of the Eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) and Saker falcon (Falco cherrug) in the Carpathian basin, by stopping the decline of the existing main food source of these raptors (small rodents) with reintroductions, habitat management and awareness raising. Contact: fidlo@hotmail.com

LIFE Old-Drava (Duna-Dráva Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság): The main objective of the project is to contribute to the conservation and resilience of the riparian habitat through improving the water regime and biodiversity of the riparian forest in the Old-Drava river. Such restoration will include discharge enhancement of oxbow lakes and the stabilisation of the water level with water retention structures that serve to reduce the risk of low water periods. Contact: parrag@ddnp.kvvm.hu

  1. LIFE+ Information and Communication (2 projects – 2.1 million)

FIRELIFE (National Food Chain Safety Office - Forestry Directorate): This project aims to enhance effective, proactive and continuous forest fire prevention activity in Hungary. It will do this by drawing up and providing targeted information and messages on the basis of an up-to-date communication framework plan, and by providing training for forest fire prevention professionals – foresters, conservationists and fire fighters. Contact: nagyda@nebih.gov.hu

LIFEinFORESTS (WWF World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation): The objective of the project is to identify, develop and implement a set of tools in order to support skills development, active communication and the cooperation of key stakeholders in the management and conservation of the Natura 2000 network forests that will help to provide more favourable conditions for the habitats and species of the Natura 2000 sites, and enhance the preservation of biodiversity in forests. Contact: panda@wwf.hu

The Netherlands (NL) 5 projects (24.9 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 11.0 million)

LIFE Solar Highways (Rijkswaterstaat): The main objective of the project is to demonstrate the technical feasibility and the environmental, social and financial benefits of using multifunctional constructive elements for building highway noise barriers, in which a bifacial photovoltaic solution has been integrated (with functionality independent of the highway direction). Successful demonstration will accelerate the use of both photovoltaic and noise barriers along Europe’s highways, greatly contributing to achieve the EU objectives concerning climate change, noise levels and air quality. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: sophie.lauwaars@rws.nl

Life+ISR (Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard): This project will demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of two highly innovative sludge pre-treatment technologies that substantially reduce sludge waste production at municipal wastewater treatment plants. Contact: y.havers@hhsk.nl

  1. LIFE+ Nature (3 projects – 13.9 million)

Life+GP (Dienst Landelijk Gebied): This project aims to implement a robust restoration of the eco-hydrological situation in the Natura 2000 network site and National Park Groote Peel. The expected result is an improvement of the quality of the raised bogs habitat (and the species that depend on it) from an unfavourable conservation status to a favourable conservation status. Contact: M.F.Clercx@DLG.nl

LIFE going up a level (Provincie Drenthe): The aim of this project is to improve the groundwater management in the Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld Natura 2000 network site so that it becomes once again a natural and robust system. This counteracts desiccation and enables the habitat types to better resist the effects of atmospheric deposition. The project, which will also restore former agricultural land in natural habitats, is part of a total package of restoration measures aimed at combating desiccation, acidification and its consequences, and eutrophication in the entire Natura 2000 site. Contact: G.BUIJS@DRENTHE.NL

A better LIFE for Bittern (Vereniging Natuurmonumenten): The key objective of the project is to improve and enlarge the area of reed beds in two Natura 2000 network sites in the Dutch IJsseldelta: Zwarte Meer and Veluwerandmeren. The ultimate aim is to increase the populations of the bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and the great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) by creating optimal biotopes.. Contact: a.stoker@natuurmonumenten.nl

Austria (AT) 3 projects (7.6 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.3 million)

LIFE Cycle Habitation (Gruppe Angepasste Technologie): The overall objective of this project is to demonstrate innovative building concepts that significantly reduce CO2 emissions and contain a minimum of grey energy (i.e. energy from fossil fuels) over their entire lifecycle. The ultimate goal is to design and build prototypes for carbon-neutral and ‘LIFE cycle’-oriented residential buildings, and to make energy-efficient settlements the standard, in line with EU 2020 objectives. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: sekretariat@grat.at

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 3.9 million)

LIFE+ LIFE+ Wilderness Wachau (via donau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-GmbH): The project aims to restore alluvial and riparian forests in the Wachau Valley, focusing mainly on the establishment of wilderness areas, re-connecting river side arms and creating new ponds for amphibians. Moreover the project intends to improve the conservation status of a number of protected amphibian and bird species thanks to the habitat restoration activities. Contact: life.auenwildnis@via-donau.org

  1. LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 0.4 million)

LIFE+EcoBusiness (Energie- und Umweltagentur Niederösterreich): This project intends to increase support for the protection of natural ecosystems and to foster sustainable spatial development. The project aims to raise awareness among SMEs (including their employees) of the relationship between enterprises and biodiversity, thereby increasing knowledge and understanding of regional ecosystems. Contact: ecobusiness@enu.at

Poland (PL) 11 projects (28.4 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (2 projects – 5.4 million)

LIFE+ ForBioSensing (Instytut Badawczy Leśnictwa): The aim of the project is to develop and apply a monitoring methodology for large forest areas using innovative techniques. This will involve point-scale monitoring (field measurements on sample plots) through to large-scale area monitoring using remote sensing techniques. This information will improve the efficiency of operations carried out for forest ecosystems protection and will further the study of forest biodiversity. Identification of changes in forest structure and tree species composition that occur in the forest stands will help to identify the determinants and dynamics of these processes, and help national park and forest district managers implement relevant protection activities. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: K.Sterenczak@ibles.waw.pl

LIFE-ENERGA Living Lab-PL (ENERGA Innowacje Sp. z o.o.): The project aims to demonstrate and raise awareness of Home Area Network (HAN) solutions – an innovative system for efficient electric energy management in private households. Proof of the HAN concept in real-life conditions should lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: magdalena.pajak@energa.pl

  1. LIFE+ Nature (8 projects – 21.6 million)

LIFEDrawaPL (Regionalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Środowiska w Szczecinie): The project aims to improve connectivity in the wildlife corridor of the Drawa River through the removal of existing obstacles and the adjustment of hydrotechnical structures (e.g. weirs) that act as a barrier to the migration of fish and molluscs and threaten the existence of species such as the river lamprey, spined loach, Atlantic salmon and European bullhead in the whole Drawa drainage basin. Contact: life.drawa.szczecin@rdos.gov.pl

LIFE_BISON_NW_PL (Zachodniopomorskie Towarzystwo Przyrodnicze): The project aims to create a model for the management of the endangered European bison population in an area of intensive economic activity. It also aims to increase the European bison population in north-west Poland from the existing 110 to at least 190 individuals, whilst initiating a 30% increase in the acreage of bison habitat and a decrease in the average seasonal bison density per area unit. Contact: tracz@hot.pl

LIFENaturaSlowinskaPL (Słowiński Park Narodowy): This project aims to restore appropriate habitats to ensure effective protection of wetland birds at Gardno polders; improve the conectivity of the Łupawa River by constructing a fish ladder at the dam of the hydroelectric power plant in Smołdzino; and improve the natural fluvial processes in the Łupawa river valley. Contact: sekretariat@slowinskipn.pl

AlkFens_S_PLife (Klub Przyrodników): The project aims to maintain or improve the conservation status of the majority of alkaline fens in southern Poland, which represent some 70% of this habitat type in Poland. It will contribute to the conservation of the full geographical and regional diversity of habitat 7230, especially small fens and fen-springs in the Carpathians and Lublin region. It will help conserve key areas of yellow widelip orchid (Liparis loeselii) and other rare alkaline fens species. Contact: magdalena.makles.kp@gmail.com

Life - Lasy Janowskie PL (The Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Lublin): The main aims of project focus on providing comprehensive protection of the most valuable peat bog patches within their natural habitats - active raised bogs and transition mires, quaking bogs, and depressions on peat substrates – as well as their associated plant and animal species. In addition, it seeks to halt biodiversity loss caused by the expansion of invasive trees and shrubs. The project also concerns bog woodlands, which are at risk of dewatering and drying as a result of the digging of drainage ditches in earlier decades. Contact: twasik@rdos.lublin.pl

ZSiNPK_Kielce_LIFE_PL (The Holy Cross and Nida Landscape Parks Complex): The principal aim of the project is to improve the conservation status of natural habitats in the Ponidzie region, especially the priority habitats listed in annex I of the Habitats Directive, in particular: xerotherm turfs, thermophilic inland sand turfs, thermophilic oakwoods, and inland halophilic salty meadows, pastures and reed. The restoration and preservation of this ecosystem mosaic will benefit populations of threatened plants and animals, including species listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive. Contact: kwd@pk.kielce.pl

Renaturyzacja II_LIFE_PL (Biebrzański Park Narodowy): The objective of the project is to improve conditions for the protection of wetland habitats in the Middle Basin of the Biebrza Valley by stopping the degradation of wetland habitats in the Rudzki Canal-Ełk River-Jegrznia River-Woźnawiejski Canal system and in the Kapicki Canal. Habitat improvements are expected to benefit species, particularly avifauna. The project also seeks to reconcile the requirements of nature protection with the development of tourist activity. Contact: jzawadzka@biebrza.org.pl

LIFEZONE (Lubelskie Towarzystwo Ornitologiczne): The main objective of the project is to improve the nesting and foraging conditions for rare bird species in selected Natura 2000 network sites in the Lubelszczyzna region of south-east Poland, including the lesser spotted eagle, short-toed eagle and Tengmalm’s owl. This will be achieved by minimising threats to nesting birds, tackling the degradation of suitable foraging areas, reducing bird mortality from power lines, addressing a lack of nesting trees and hollows, and countering threats from predation, poisoning, uncontrolled development of infrastructure and the lack of a strategy for protecting the species and their habitats. Contact: jzawadzka@biebrza.org.pl

  1. LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 1.4 million)

LIFE_ADAPTCITY_PL (Fundacja Instytut na rzecz Ekorozwoju): This project intends to reduce the negative impact of climate change on the city ecosystem of Warsaw, including drawing up an adaptation strategy for the city. The Warsaw experience will be used to encourage other Polish cities to undertake actions for climate change adaptation. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: a.kassenberg@ine-isd.org.pl

Portugal (PT) 4 projects (6.6 million)

  1. LIFE+ Nature (3 projects – 5.3 million)

LIFE BERLENGAS (Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves): This project will put into practice, evaluate and disseminate seabird conservation methodologies on the Berlengas archipelago, a group of small islands 10-15 km off the Portuguese mainland. These methods are already tested on other islands with similar species/habitats (such as the Macaronesian islands) but are new or unfamiliar in this coastal Atlantic archipelago. The project will refine methods and develop some new approaches that subsequently will be ready to apply at local, regional, national and international levels. Contact: ivan.ramirez@spea.pt

LIFE SARAMUGO (Liga para a Protecção da Natureza): The main aim of the project is to improve populations of saramugo (a type of fish) by restoring their habitat and improving water quality in the Portuguese Guadiana River basin and by reinforcing existing saramugo populations with specimens reproduced ex-situ. Contact: rita.alcazar@lpn.pt

LIFE IMPERIAL (Liga para a Protecção da Natureza): The project aims to establish the basic tools to ensure an increase in the population of the Spanish imperial eagle in Portugal and, subsequently, the total Iberian population. The group of planned actions is designed to establish a coherent network to reduce the main threats that are affecting the establishment of eagle pairs in Portugal. Contact: rita.alcazar@lpn.pt

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (1 project – 1.3 million)

LifeBiodiscoveries (Câmara Municipal do Barreiro): The project aims to demonstrate a management model for invasive alien species (IAS) based around public participation. Choosing this model implies a significant allocation of IAS management resources to volunteer groups and to community mobilisation, and will improve the cost-effectiveness of IAS management. Contact: andreia.pereira@cm-barreiro.pt

Romania (RO) 6 projects (4.9 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 0.5 million)

LIFE ADB (Bucharest City hall): The project’s main objective is to demonstrate specific methods for coagulating dust particles in urban areas through dust-binding agents that reduce airborne particulate matter (PM10). A pilot programme will be carried out throughout Bucharest where different agents will be applied (one based on magnesium acetate and calcium, another based on a solution made of exclusively natural compounds) on busy traffic boulevards and streets. The project will help confirm optimal variables (freeze-thaw, season, weather, traffic data) and parameters (concentration, dilution, etc.) for determining the most suitable dust-binding agent for Bucharest. Contact: pmbuc1@gmail.com

  1. LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 4.1 million)

WOLFLIFE (Environmental Protection Agency Vrancea): The overall objective of the project is to maintain a viable wolf population in the Carpathian Mountains. The project’s area covers the central and southern parts of the Eastern Carpathians, including 18 Natura 2000 network sites in which the wolf is protected. Data obtained during the project will form the basis for developing an effective action plan to maintain a viable wolf population. Contact: vrancealife@yahoo.co.uk

LIFE+ReHabHu (Hunedoara Environmental Protection Agency): The project aims to return three natural habitat types in the Poiana Rusca mountains to a favourable conservation status: beech forests, oak-hornbeam and Tilio-Acerion forest. These habitats have become degraded principally because of large-scale exploitation of mineral resources. Contact: relatii.publice@apmhd.anpm.ro

LIFE FOR BEAR (Forest Research and Management Institute Bucharest): The project aims to protect the entire bear population in the Carpathians region of Romania, representing some 35% of the total number of brown bears in Europe. The project area encompasses approximately 30% of Romania’s total land area and the main objectives of the project are to update the brown bear population management plan in Romania, enhance the conservation status of the species and carry out specific activities to reduce human-bear conflicts. Contact: ramon@icaswildlife.ro

LIFEPH8310SN2000CNB (Environmental Protection Agency Timis): The main objective of the project is the preservation of the habitat type ‘caves not open to the public’ in the national park in western Romania and the protection of the fauna supported by this habitat. The project mainly aims at the rehabilitation of 110 caves closed to the public that are currently degraded and polluted, preserving 14 bat species and developing best practices for the management of the targeted habitat. Contact: georgeta.titan@yahoo.com

  1. LIFE+ Information and Communication (1 project – 0.4 million)

ECOTIC LIFE+ Caravan (Asociatia ECOTIC): This project will raise awareness of the environmental issues surrounding the manufacture and use of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), the handling of waste EEE The project also aims to promote green energy with a special emphasis on households and schoolchildren in Romania. Contact: dragos.calugaru@ecotic.ro

Slovenia (SI) 3 projects (13.8 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 5.5 million)

LIFEGENMON (Slovenian Forestry Institute): The main project objective is to develop a genetic monitoring system for forests that will serve as an early warning system aiding the assessment of a species response to environmental change at a long-term temporal scale. Contact: hojka.krajger@gozdis.si

  1. LIFE+ Nature (2 projects – 8.3 million)

LIFE Kočevsko (Municipality of Kočevje): The project’s main aim is to re-establish the favourable conservation status of six targeted bird species (Tetrao urogallus, Bonasa bonasia, Dendrocopos leucotus, Picoides tridactylus, Haliaeetus albicilla), one priority species of EU interest (Proteus anguinus), and the priority habitat ‘caves not open to the public’. By addressing the main causes of their decline, the project intends to upgrade the existing management of Kočevsko’s Natura 2000 network sites. Contact: OBCINA@kocevje.si

LIFE DINALP BEAR (Forest Service Slovenia): The project’s main objective is to establish a more strategic territorial approach to the conservation, management, and monitoring of brown bear populations in Slovenia. Other important aims include reducing human-bear conflicts and promoting better coexistence between bears and humans. The ultimate goal is to encourage the natural expansion of brown bears from the Dinaric Mountains into the Alps. Contact: miha.marence@zgs.gov.si

Slovakia (SK) 1 project (1.9 million)

  1. LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 1.9 million)

LIFE ENERGY (Raptor Protection of Slovakia): The project targets 10 bird species, including the lesser white-fronted goose (Anser erythropus), Eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) and Saker falcon (Falco cherrug), breeding in 13 Natura 2000 network sites in Slovakia. The project is will introduce specific measures to prevent birds colliding with power lines. Contact: deutschova@dravce.sk

Finland (FI) 2 projects (6.1 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 2.1 million)

LIFE-FOUNDRYSAND (Meehanite Technology Oy): The project aims to promote sustainable production, waste prevention and recycling by piloting innovative biological methods of cleaning different foundry waste sand types and eliminating hazardous organic trace contaminants. The objective is to study the quality of the piloted samples and ensure that they fulfil the product requirements for the reuse of cleaned sand as a substitute for ground construction materials or other soil-like materials for agricultural and geo-engineering applications. Contact: sara.hihnala@meehanite.org

LIFE+ Nature (1 project – 4.1 million)

Light & Fire - LIFE (Natural Heritage Services of Metsähallitus): The project aims to restore structural features important for the maintenance of biodiverse habitats and increase the area of such habitats by restoring severely degraded areas. Activities will be carried out on Natura 2000 habitats where ecological characteristics are shaped by fire or extreme solar radiation and luminosity. The project also aims to improve the conservation status of bird species, such as the red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) and barred warbler (Sylvia nisoria). Contact: jussi.paivinen@metsa.fi

Sweden (SE) 4 projects (22.5 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.9 million)

LIFE+ small scale CHP (Energikontor Sydost AB): The project will demonstrate six different small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) systems using biomass as a raw material. It will demonstrate the technology of three small-scale biomass-based CHP plants that will be built in Sweden, promote the use of small-scale biomass-based CHP technology and business, and increase renewable electricity production through the promotion of local small-scale biomass-based solutions. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: hans.gulliksson@energikontorsydost.se

  1. LIFE+ Nature (3 projects – 18.5 million)

LifeTaiga (Administrative Board of Västmanland County): The main objectives of the project include transforming a significant proportion of western taiga habitat in Sweden to favourable conservation status and developing suitable methods for controlled burning. Stakeholders will be encouraged to take part in training courses in the use of controlled burning management techniques and to take part in dialogue around the conservation issues involved. Contact: niclas.bergus@lansstyrelsen.se

BushLIFE (County Administrative Board of Skåne): The main aim of this project is to restore several semi-natural grassland habitat types to a favourable conservation status and to create optimal conditions for associated species in 18 Natura 2000 network sites in the county of Skåne. The project also aims to increase the habitat quality and conservation status of the hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) and stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), the red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), the common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) and the barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus). Contact: johan.niss@lansstyrelsen.se

LIFE-TripleLakes (County Administrative Board of Jämtland): The project’s overall objective is to develop a model for adaptive catchment management for high-conservation-value aquatic ecosystems. This will be achieved by implementing a programme of catchment enhancement measures to improve the status and resilience of aquatic Natura 2000 ecosystems in the Jämtland area. Contact: ingemar.naslund@lansstyrelsen.se

United Kingdom (UK) 11 projects (49.7 million)

  1. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (5 projects – 29.7 million)

LIFE SynSpirit (Shanks Group plc): The project aims to demonstrate a new anaerobic fermentation process through which organic waste streams combined with low quality crude glycerine can be efficiently converted into high value bio-methanol. The project for the first time connects a biological anaerobic digestion process for crude glycerine with a sustainable thermochemical production for bio-methanol based on high quality glycerine, resulting in the efficient conversion of a low-value by-product into a value renewable product. This innovative industrial-scale approach will improve resource efficiency and have a significant positive effect on CO2 emissions. (Relevant to Climate Change). Contact: m.bovee@orgaworld.nl

QUARTERBACK for LIFE (Croda Europe Ltd): The objective of the project is to demonstrate, in the first full-scale application, the technical and economic feasibility of operating an integrated process in which crude glycerine is used as the only feedstock for an anaerobic digestion process in order to produce biogas for local use. Contact: Ron.van.t.hof@croda.com

REPURPOSE LIFE (London Community Resource Network): This project aims to support residents in creating their own social enterprises, turning redundant spaces into reuse hubs to collect, store and repair bulky reuse items and provide alternatives to illegal dumping/fly-tipping. This will be complemented by an in-depth engagement and behavior-change programme to tackle the root causes of illegal dumping/fly-tipping and encourage positive environmental action. Contact: mike@lcrn.org.uk

WaterLIFE (WWF-UK): The long-term goal to which WaterLIFE will contribute is that by 2021 civil society and the private sector are actively engaged in the delivery of the Water Framework Directive across the EU, restoring EU rivers to good ecological status (GES). Its aim is to move surface water bodies within all demonstration catchments to GES faster than predicted by the 2009 river basin management plans (RMBPs). The project is designed to support governments in the development of second-cycle RBMPs, demonstrating that there are civil society and private sector-led mechanisms that can work if supported by an adequate policy framework. Contact: jmiller@wwf.org.uk

LIFE SMART Waste (Scottish Environment Protection Agency): The overarching project goal is to demonstrate innovative ways to understand, tackle and reduce waste crime by developing innovative intelligence gathering and analytical approaches to identify and understand significant waste crime issues (current and future) associated with “challenging" waste streams, problem waste operators and illegal waste activities. Contact: catherine.preston@sepa.org.uk

  1. LIFE+ Nature (4 projects – 15.6 million)

LIFE Shiants (RSPB-The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds): The main objective of this project is to remove invasive rats from the Shiant Isles Natura 2000 network site. This will eliminate a significant pressure on the existing seabird assemblage, and will also build the resilience of the assemblage to the impacts of oceanographic change and increasing human activity at sea. Contact: nick.folkard@rspb.org.uk

LIFE hen harriers (RSPB-The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds): The aim of the project is to provide the conditions in which hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) range and population recovery can occur. Recovery will probably take at least 10 years to become fully established, even with a widespread reduction in persecution pressure. Within the timeframe of the project the key priorities are therefore to prevent the extinction of the hen harrier as a breeding species in northern England, and to arrest its decline in southern and eastern Scotland, as vital first steps towards recovery. Contact: nick.folkard@rspb.org.uk

Cumbrian BogsLIFE+ (Natural England): The long term aim of the project is to achieve the favourable conservation status of Natura 2000 raised bog habitat by 2035 on the Roudsea Woods and Mosses and South Solway Mosses sites and by 2039 on Bolton Fell Moss (all northern England), by restoring natural hydrology and biodiversity. The restoration work will help to increase the resilience of the sites to climate change and avoid further loss of carbon. Contact: NeexteranlFunding@naturalengland.org.uk

THATS-LIFE (Natural England): The objective of the project is to undertake conservation actions to establish a stable water table within +/- 20cm of ground level across the 3 273 ha of the three Natura 2000 network sites (Thorne Moors, Hatfield Moors, and Thorne and Hatfield Moors) in the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. This will enable peat-forming vegetation to re-establish on the degraded peat bog surface and ensure both moors achieve a favourable condition. The project also aims to increase the European Nightjar population by 15% from the current population of 80-88 territorial males. Contact: NeexteranlFunding@naturalengland.org.uk

  1. LIFE+ Biodiversity (2 projects – 4.4 million)

LIFE WADERS FOR REAL (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust): This project seeks to reverse the decline of breeding waders in the Avon Valley (Hampshire), a river floodplain of high biodiversity interest, part of which is designated as a Natura 2000 network site, through a unique combination of habitat restoration and innovative targeted, seasonal exclusion and reduction of predators. Contact: pstephens@gwct.org.uk

EcoCo LIFE Scotland (Scottish Natural Heritage): This project will deliver habitat management in the most beneficial places within the Central Scotland Green Network area to improve ecological coherence. To do this, the project will develop a new mapping methodology to identify the most beneficial places for people and wildlife, and will test its application through implementing habitat restoration, creation and improvement at selected sites. Contact: phil.baarda@snh.gov.uk

See also the press release IP/14/486 (with an annex containing the projects translated in the language of the country)


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