With the LIFE Programme, the European Union contributes to the implementation, updating and development of EU environment and climate policy and legislation, by co-financing innovative projects aiming at demonstrate the effectiveness of new techniques and methodologies in the environmental field.
LIFE programme has two sub-programmes: Environment and Climate Action. The Environment sub-programme focuses on three priority areas Environment and resource efficiency, Nature and biodiversity, and Environmental governance and information, each of which includes several thematic priorities. The sub-programme Climate Action focuses on three priority areas, Climate Change mitigation, Climate Change adaptation and Climate governance and information.
In addition to the “traditional” projects described above, the LIFE Program also finances the so-called “integrated” projects, which combine LIFE funding with other funding sources , in order to maximize their impact on large geographical areas. LIFE projects can also provide technical assistance, strengthen capacity building and carry out preparatory activities for the development of European environmental legislation. The LIFE Programme also supports the European solidarity corps initiative, providing opportunities for young people to be involved in activities of environmental and social utility.
Since its launch in 1992, averagely four thousand projects have been co-financed in European Union, with a contribution of around 3.1 billion euros to environmental protection.