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What is the LIFE programme?

The LIFE programme is a financial instrument that is managed and financed by the European Commission. LIFE is the EU’s largest financial mechanism intended exclusively for measures related to environmental protection, nature conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Within the LIFE programme, several calls for proposals are launched each year that, upon successfully submitting a proposal offer, offer the applicants co-financing in the form of grants covering up to 60% of the eligible costs of the project.

In Slovenia, the LIFE Capacity Building Slovenia project has recently been completed, which presented the LIFE programme, its project types and topics in detail. All relevant information is available on the project's website.

Within an integrated project, environmental or climate strategies or plans, which are required in accordance with specific environmental or climate legislation of the EU and on the basis of other EU acts or that were developed by the authorities in Member States, are implemented on a large territorial scale (especially at a regional, inter-regional, national or supranational level).

The projects in question are, in particular, projects relating to nature (including the management of the Natura 2000 network), waters, waste, air and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The integrated projects must ensure the involvement of stakeholders and obtain at least one additional relevant financing source (from the EU, national or private source).

The proposals are sent in physical form to the address of the European Commission. The application procedure is a two-step process.

In addition to LIFE IP CARE4CLIMATE, Slovenia is currently implementing another integrated project for nature, the LIFE integrated project for the enhanced management of Natura 2000 in Slovenia.

Detailed information on the LIFE programme, current calls for proposals and topics are available on the website of the European Commission (LIFE programme) and on the LIFE SLOVENIJA website.