Greek LIFE Task Force - LIFE Capacity Building

European Natura 2000 Award 2020: Call opens for top nature conservation initiatives until 30/09/2019

The Award is open to any organisation or person involved in Natura 2000, including public and local authorities, businesses, NGOs, land owners, educational institutions and individuals. The application period runs from today until 30 September 2019. The Award Ceremony will take place around 21 May 2020, next year’s Natura 2000 Day.

The Award is given out in six categories:
-Socio-Economic Benefits;
-Reconciling Interests/Perceptions;
-Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking;
European Citizens’ Award.

Introduced for the first time in 2015, the Citizens’ Award provides the general public with an opportunity to vote for their favourite project. 

For more information please visit the link.

LIFE Call 2019 - Concept note submission for the traditional projects of the sub-programme Environment

The procedure for the concept note submission has successfully ended for the traditional projects of the sub-programme Environment in LIFE Call 2019.

The 37 concept notes that were submitted with Greek coordinating beneficiary are presented below: 

Thematic priority

Number of concept notes

Environment and Resource Efficiency




Environmental Governance and Information


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LIFEAwards19 - LIFE Citizen’s Prize

These nine projects have been shortlisted for the “Citizen’s Award” by a panel of National Contact Points. Now it is your turn to vote!

Select your favorite candidate for the “LIFE Citizen’s Prize” from one of the three categories and cast your vote from 8 April to 16 May.

The winning project will be rewarded during the LIFE Awards ceremony on 16 May 2019, as part of the EU Green Week 2019, Europe’s biggest environmental event.

Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

An initiative to improve the application of EU policies and rules on the circular economy, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management.

The Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules in all EU Member States. Implementing EU environmental policy and law is not only essential for a healthy environment, but also opens up new opportunities for sustainable economic growth, innovation and jobs. Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around €55 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment.

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Indicative timetable for "Traditional Projects" under the LIFE sub-programme for Environment

Date or period


18 April 2018 Call publication
12/14 June 2018 Deadline for applicants to submit concept notes to the Contracting Authority
October 2018 Notification to the applicants, shortlisted applicants invited to submit full proposal
End January 2019 Deadline to submit full proposals
January to June 2019 Evaluation and revision of the proposals
July - September 2019 Signature of individual grant agreements
1 July 2019 Earliest possible starting date


Climate Action project applicants seek nearly €200 million from LIFE

Αpplicants have submitted 124 proposals for traditional LIFE projects under the Climate Action sub-programme in the 2018 funding round. The deadline for applications was Wednesday 12 September. Half (62) of the proposals are for Climate Change Mitigation projects, with 51 for Climate Change Adaptation projects and the remaining 11 for the Climate Governance & Information (GIC) strand.

Proposals have been submitted by organisations in 21 EU Member States, with 27 countries potentially benefitting in total (including three non-EU nations).

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European Environment Agency Report on Climate-ADAPT Platform - The case of Greece

The European Environment Agency published a report regarding the Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT) . 

The Climate-ADAPT Platform aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change. It is an initiative of the European Commission and helps users to access and share information on:

  • Expected climate change in Europe
  • Current and future vulnerability of regions and sectors
  • National and transnational adaptation strategies
  • Adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options
  • Tools that support adaptation planning.

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2018 Call: More than one thousand new concepts for LIFE projects under the Environment sub-programme

Applicants have submitted more than 1000 concept notes for traditional LIFE projects under the Environment sub-programme. The deadline for applications closed last week. Some 54% of the concept notes are for Environment & Resource Efficiency projects, 30% for Nature & Biodiversity and the remaining 16% for the Environmental Governance & Information (GIE) strand. Concept notes have come from organisations in all 28 EU Member States. 

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EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

Brussels, 1 June 2018

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action.

The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the largest proportional increase, with a budget of €5.45 billion between 2021 and 2027.* The Commission has integrated climate action into all major EU spending programmes, in particular cohesion policy, regional development, energy, transport, research and innovation, the Common Agricultural Policy as well as the EU's development policy, making the EU budget a driver of sustainability. To implement the Paris Agreement and the commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Commission proposes to raise the level of ambition for climate financing across all EU programmes, with at least 25% of EU expenditure contributing to climate objectives.

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Best of the best LIFE project Award - LIFE ARCTOS/KASTORIA

The LIFE project LIFE ARCTOS/KASTORIA entitled “Improving conditions of bear-human coexistence in Kastoria Prefecture, Greece - Transfer of best practices” (LIFE09 NAT/GR/000333) received one of three awards for Best of the Best LIFE projects 2018, in the category Nature & Biodiversity. The lifetime of the project was from October 1, 2010 to 30 September 2015.

It implemented a series of actions and applyed specific measures aimed primarily at:

 -Eliminate the phenomenon of road accidents involving bears in the road network of Kastoria and, of course, increase road safety for drivers
 -Addressing incidents of bears approaching populated areas
 -Dissemination of implementing measures to prevent damage to the rural environment by bears and improve the conditions of human coexistence with wildlife in the prefecture of Kastoria
 -Increasing/enhancing public awareness on these issues

For further information, please visit the project's website.