The European Commission has this week approved funding for 202 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union’s environment fund. The projects are from 25 Member States and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, climate change and information and communication on environmental issues. Overall, they represent a total investment of some €516.5 million, of which the EU will provide €268.4 million.
High quality environmental projects funded across the EU (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The EC received a total of 1,078 applications from the 27 EU Member States in response to its 2011 call for proposals, which closed in July 2011. Of these, 202 were selected for co-funding through the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “In this 20th anniversary year of the founding of LIFE and of the Habitats Directive, I’m delighted to announce the continuing financial support for high quality environmental projects across the EU. These latest LIFE+ projects continue a trend, started more than two decades ago, for innovative and best-practice actions furthering nature conservation, improving the environment and tackling climate change”.
Within an Irish context, one project was funded under the LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance strand. The Burren Tourism project aims to strengthen the integration of tourism and natural heritage, reconciling tourism development with conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage in the Burren. The region has long been regarded as an internationally important karst limestone area that supports a rich and diverse selection of flora and fauna, archaeological monuments and traditional cultural practices. MulkearLIFE offers is congratulations to all involved in the successful Irish LIFE application.
New Years Day Sunrise, Poulnabron Dolmen, The Burren (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)