Integrated Projects

 

The LIFE 2014-2020 Programme introduced a new type of project called ‘Integrated Projects’ (IPs) funded under the Environment or Climate Action sub-programmes. They are expected to operate on a large territorial scale and be oriented towards the full implementation of an environmental and climate targeted action plan or strategy.  

 

Up to three potential IPs, split across the Environment or Climate Action strands, per Member State can be submitted during 2014-2020. Although the third will depend on the remaining budget being available. It is importance to note that the IP process does not impact on traditional LIFE bids.

 

Integrated Project progress in the UK

The Environment Agency recently received funding for the UK’s first IP on river basin management in North West England. This was the largest IP awarded in Europe in the 2014 Call. The total project cost is €20m and it will run over 10 years. More information on this project can be found in the LIFE project Database.

 

Integrated Project criteria

  • Integrated projects should implement on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national) scale.
  • Needs to aim towards the full implementation of the targeted environmental plan or strategy required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed in accordance to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities.
  • Integrated Projects must mobilise funding from at least one other relevant Union (i.e. rural development funds, structural funds, INTERREG, EMFF, Horizon 2020), national or private funding sources for the implementation of the complementary measures/ actions outside of the Integrated Project (preference given to EU funding).
  • Integrated Projects must ensure that the main stakeholders are actively involved in the design and in the delivery phase as Associated Beneficiaries or through their active participation in the implementation of the project itself and/or of the complementary actions.
  • Integrated Projects should provide examples of how to replicate and transfer success in other geographical areas (within the Member State and other Member States) both during and after the project.