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The European Commission has announced a new edition of Life +, a financing European programme aimed at improving the environmental quality of the member states of the Union. This year, the three areas of funding are:

1. LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity
Principal objective: to protect, conserve, restore, monitor and facilitate the functioning of natural systems, natural habitats, wild flora and fauna, with the aim of halting the loss of biodiversity, including diversity of genetic resources, within the EU.

2. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance
Principal objectives:
— Climate change: to stabilise greenhouse gas concentration at a level that prevents global warming above 2 °C,
— Water: to contribute to enhanced water quality by developing cost-effective measures to achieve good ecological status in view of developing river basin management plans under Directive 2000/60/EC (Water Framework Directive),
— Air: to achieve levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on and risks to human health and the environment,
— Soil: to protect and ensure the sustainable use of soil by preserving soil functions, preventing threats to soil, mitigating their effects and restoring degraded soils,
— Urban environment: to contribute to improving the environmental performance of Europe’s urban areas,
— Noise: to contribute to policy development and implementation on environmental noise,
— Chemicals: to improve the protection of environment and health from risks posed by chemicals by 2020 by implementing chemicals legislation, in particular Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) and the thematic strategy on the sustainable use of pesticides,
— Environment and health: to develop the information base for policy on the environment and health (the Environment and Health Action Plan),
— Natural resources and waste: to develop and implement policies designed to ensure sustainable management of natural resources and wastes, and to improve the environmental performances of products, sustainable production and consumption patterns, waste prevention, recovery and recycling. To contribute to the effective implementation of the thematic strategy on the prevention
and recycling of waste,
— Forests: to provide, especially through an EU coordination network, a concise and comprehensive basis for policy-relevant information on forests in relation to climate change (impact on forest ecosystems, mitigation, substitution effects), biodiversity (baseline information and protected forest areas), forest fires, forest conditions and the protective functions of forests (water, soil and infra­
structure) as well as contributing to the protection of forests against fires,
— Innovation: to contribute to developing and demonstrating innovative policy approaches, technol­ogies, methods and instruments to assist in the implementation of the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP),
— Strategic approaches: to promote effective implementation and enforcement of Union environ­mental legislation and improve the knowledge base for environmental policy; to improve the envi­ronmental performance of SMEs.

3. LIFE+ Information and Communication
Principal objective: to disseminate information and raise awareness on environmental issues, including
forest fire prevention; and to provide support for accompanying measures, such as information, communication actions and campaigns, conferences and training, including training on forest fire prevention.

Proposals can be submitted until 25 June. For more information, see the following link.

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