The LIFE programme is the European Union's funding instrument for environmental projects which support the adoption or implementation of EU nature legislation and policy. Since its inception in 1992 LIFE has co-financed 3506 projects, contributing around Eur 3.5 billion to protecting the environment. The LIFE programme funds projects throughout EU member states, acceding and neighbouring countries. The programme is divided into three streams:
LIFE Nature and Biodiversity
The Nature & Biodiversity stream co-finances best practice or demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Natura 2000 network. 50 per cent of the LIFE+ budget for project co-financing is dedicated to projects eligible under this stream.
The Information stream co-finances communication and awareness raising campaigns on environmental, nature protection or biodiversity conservation issues, as well as forest fire prevention projects. The EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project falls under this stream.
LIFE Policy and Governance
The Policy & Governance stream co-finances innovative or pilot projects contributing to the implementation of European environmental policy and the development of innovative policy ideas, technologies, methods and instruments. This stream also co-finances projects which help to monitor pressures on our environment.
The LIFE Unit is supported in Malta by the Maltese Focal Point to the LIFE programme, Mrs Maria Elena Attard within the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment.