UK LIFE National Contact Point

 


In accordance with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s letter of 12 August on the future of EU funding, UK organisations that bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU LIFE funds will have the payment of such awards underwritten by Treasury, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

 

This means that UK organisations have a guarantee that any EU LIFE Funds awarded whilst the UK is still a Member State will continue for the duration of their projects.

 

This is welcome for many organisations that rely on LIFE funding to carry out a wide range of valuable environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the UK.


 

The EU LIFE programme

 

LIFE is the EC’s financial instrument supporting environment and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Its overarching objective is to contribute towards implementation and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation.

 

The LIFE programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme, “Living well within the limits of our planet”, and other relevant EU environment, and climate strategies and plans.

 

LIFE covers the broad width of environmental policy to include: water, floods, marine and coastal management, waste and resource efficiency, soils, forests, chemicals, noise and the urban environment, air pollution, air quality, nature and biodiversity.

 

The LIFE programme runs 2014 - 2020 and is split into two sub-programmes; Environment and Climate Action, as illustrated in the below schematic.

 

 

 

Environment & Climate Action

 

The Environment sub-programme has an indicative UK national allocation of ~ €74m for 2014-2017. There is no allocation from 2018. It covers three priority areas:

  • Nature & Biodiversity projects focus on implementing the Birds and Habitats Directive and EU Biodiversity Strategy;
  • Environment & Resource Efficiency projects focus on trialling, developing and demonstrating approaches and solutions to EU wide environmental challenges; and
  • Environmental Governance & Information projects focus on increasing knowledge and disseminating information.

 

The Climate sub-programme has no national allocation and covers three priority areas:

  • Climate Adaptation projects focus on increasing resilience to climate change;
  • Climate Mitigation projects focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Climatic Governance & Information focuses on climate related matters.

 

 

Help and Support

 

JNCC is the UK LIFE National Contact Point on behalf of Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the Devolved UK Governments. Our services include a helpline, pre-screening of proposals for eligibility and fit, and advice on administrative and contractual issues. For further information on the support and advice on offer, please see the what we do page.

 

Terms of use for UK LIFE Support

While the UK LIFE National Contact Point (NCP) strives to make advice and information available as timely and accurate as possible, the NCP makes no warranties, claims, promises, representations or guarantees, express or implied as to the  accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or adequacy of the information provided (or referenced therein), and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the material content. The NCP accepts no liability for the information we provide or its use by third parties, or for the consequences of any actions taken (or not taken) in reliance on the basis of the information provided whatsoever, for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising out of the access, use or inability to use the information provided. 

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