What does “Life” stand for?

logo The LIFE programme (L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement) is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed almost 4000 projects.

The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating, and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects.


The programme LIFE+ (period 2007-2013) consists of three sub-programmes: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, and LIFE+ Information and Communication.

LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity supports projects that contribute to the implementation of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives as well as the Natura 2000 network, and that contribute to the EU’s goal of halting the loss of biodiversity. 

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