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EU commissioners introduced the new LIFE programme (2014-2020) and best practices

22.05.2014.

Mr. András Demeter PhD, advisor at the European Commission Directorate-General for the Environment Directorate B - Natural Capital, Brussels presented the most recent information regarding the upcoming LIFE programme, at the international conference on 14-16 May 2014, in Veszprém, Hungary, in the framework of the Eastern-Bakony Project (LIFE07 NAT/H/000321) and the Hungarian Little Plain Project (LIFE08 NAT/H/000289).

According to the Commission, the new projects will be directly managed by the Commissions Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Projects will be similar to LIFE+ programme: traditional projects, NGOs operating grants, technical assistance, however, new types will be introduced, such as integrated projects, capacity building and financial instruments.

Integrated nature projects implementing Prioritised Action Frameworks (PAFs). These PAFs were already submitted to the EU via the national contact points.  The so called "Traditional" projects: pilot, demonstration, best practice projects remain the same as before. Eligible, high quality projects are considered top priority if a project topic (see MAWP 2014-2017) is fully applicable. Implementation of the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, preferably with pilot or demonstration projects or projects financed through the financial instrument Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF).

Co-financing rates are as follows: 60% (later 55% for ENV) co-financing BUT 75% co-financing for projects targeting priority habitats and species and 60% co-financing for integrated projects, preparatory projects and technical assistance projects.

According to Mr Demeter the Commission plans to issue the new calls according to the following schedule:

timetable 

 

The presentation of Mr András Demeter can be found here.

Following Mr Demeter, Nature Conservation Expert at the Department of Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Rural Development,  Natura 2000 Unit, Éva Sashalmi presented the Hungarian LIFE+ programme results in the last financial period (2007-2013). She called the attention to visit the following websites, which will include all relevant information tailored to Hungary.

www.termeszetvedelem.hu

www.natura.2000.hu

www.magyarnemzetiparkok.hu

Lucie Trokanová, Nature & Biodiversity Expert at the LIFE Programme Communications Team, ASTRALE GEIE – AEIDL, Brussels–Belgium presented the importance of LIFE projects and called attention how important are the dissemination, networking and stakeholder involvement in these projects. 

Thematic publications related to conservation projects and military used areas can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/publications/lifepublications/lifefocus/nat.htm#military

About the field trips you can read here.

Presentations of the plenary, military and nature conservation sessions can be found here.

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