#EURegionsWeek

Green transition: the LIFE programme supports public authorities

Tue 12, October 2021
09:30 - 11:00 CET

Do you want to know more about EU funds supporting the implementation of environmental policies at different levels? This workshop will discuss the challenges affecting the adoption of EU environmental legislation, and present how LIFE funding can support this process at local/regional/national level through "Strategic Integrated Projects" and "Strategic Nature Projects". Do not hesitate to join us! We want to hear your views!

Maja Mikosinska, Head of Sector Nature and Biodiversity, EC - CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency), Belgium.
Laura Giappichelli, Project Manager, EC - CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency), Belgium.
Tomasz Pietrusiak, Deputy Director, Department of Environment | Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region, Poland.
César Séoanez, Project Manager, EC - CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency), Belgium.
Birute Valatkiene, Project Manager, Environmental Projects Management Agency (LIFE IP PAF-NATURALIT), Lithuania.
Paloma Pacheco, Project Coordinator - LIFE IP INTEMARES, Fundación Biodiversidad, Spain.
Arthur de Cazenove, Senior Manager, Conseil régional de la Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côted’Azur (LIFE IP SMART WASTE), France.
12WS21708
Workshop
Green Transition
European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
English (EN)
https://vimeo.com/636746588

Session summary

This LIFE workshop presented Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs) as an effective tool for funding and accelerating environmental plans and strategies at international, national, regional, multiregional and local level.

These projects cover various areas related to nature and biodiversity, circular economy and quality of life (air, water, waste), and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The workshop began with a brief overview of the LIFE programme novelties for the coming years, followed by an outline of what SIPs and SNaPs are, and important information relevant to potential applicants, including the mobilisation of additional funding.

The event also presented success stories and challenges faced by actual beneficiaries in two separate thematic breakout rooms, which led to fruitful interactions through an open Q&A session.

The session provided valuable tips for preparing a good LIFE proposal, based on the experiences of previous beneficiaries. In addition, information on how to get support from the LIFE Unit and the LIFE National Contact Points was provided. You can find out more by contacting CINEA-LIFE-ENQUIRIES@ec.europa.eu.

Take away message

LIFE Strategic Integrated Projects and Strategic Nature Projects are very powerful tools for implementing environmental and climate policies at national, regional and local level.

When preparing an application (annual call), you should allow for sufficient time, read the guidelines, state your objectives clearly and realistically, get in touch with ongoing projects for advice, and engage public authorities.

You can contact CINEA and LIFE National Contact Points for feedback, or apply for a Technical Assistance Project should you lack resources.



'One LIFE project implemented in one part of the EU kickstarts the process in other regions or other Member States. We are very proud of that, because that is also the spirit of LIFE. Sharing the experiences, knowledge and results with others.'

Maja Mikosinska – Head of Sector at the EU Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

'The team at LIFE in the European Commission is very helpful […] Don’t be afraid, try! […] LIFE gives you the money to solve problems, and the people to help you.'

Tomasz Pietrusiak - Deputy Director, Department of Environment | Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region

'Feel free and communicate! […] Communicate with CINEA, with other integrated projects – everybody is very helpful. The more you do, the more you are able to do.'

Birute Valatkiene – Project Manager of the Environmental Projects Management Agency of Lithuania