LIFE+ as the European Commission’s Financial Instrument
LIFE+ is a program supporting projects which are connected with the protection of nature and environment in the European Union Member Countries. LIFE+ is the European Union’s financial instrument focusing only on the co-financing of environmental protection projects . The main purpose of LIFE+ is to support the process of implementation of community environmental law, environmental policy and to identify and promote new solutions for environmental protection problems.
LIFE+ is directed to all legal entities, both public and private, of commercial and non-commercial nature, registered in the European Union. The program is divided into 3 components, defining the main directions of the funded activities.
LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, which supports the protection of endangered species or priority habitats of Natura 2000 and projects which aim to prevent from decline of biodiversity on this area.
LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, to encourage actions towards the development and implementation of new approaches, technologies, management practices and the environmental management, including an increase of public participation in the environmental management and protection issues.
LIFE+ Information and Communication, financing social campaigns aimed at increasing of the awareness of environmental protection issues, but also at organizing information campaigns and forest fire prevention trainings.
During more than 20 years of running the program, nearly 4 180 projects from all the European countries (including 69 from Poland) have been co-financed by the European Commission.
The current LIFE program, concerning actions taken for the environment and climate within financial perspective 2014 – 2020, is a continuation of LIFE+ financial instrument 2007 – 2013.
More information about LIFE+ on the website : www.ec.europa.eu/environment/life/index.htm
National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management
National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management is a government institution, whose objective is to provide financial support to projects connected with environmental protection and water management. As the institution of the public finance sector the Fund participates in financing from national and foreign funds, such as: Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme, LIFE+ Financial Instrument, the Norwegian Funds – Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism, basing on bilateral cooperation. The Fund also supports the tasks from the fields of geology and mining, environmental monitoring and risk prevention, protection of nature and forestry, promotion of environmental education, children’s health care prevention, scientific research and expertise.
The National Fund has been cooperating with foreign institutions from the beginning of its activity. Established in 1989 in Poland, having no counterparts in other European countries, it was considered – by foreign institutions – to be a potential partner in the implementation of environmental protection programs. Nowadays, the Fund is Polish biggest partner of the international financial institutions to co-finance and handle environmental protection projects.
Since September 2008 the Fund has also been running LIFE+ National Contact Point.
More information about the Fund on the website: www.nfosigw.gov.pl