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LIFE 2014-2020

LIFE Programme funding provides added-value opportunities for Member States and expert stakeholders to develop cooperative actions identified through the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. The fund can be used to implement agreed priority actions to strengthen the implementation of Natura 2000 and achieve progress towards the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets on the favourable conservation status of habitats and species.

The new LIFE Regulation for 2014-2020 was published on 20 December 2013. It establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices. The first call for 2014 LIFE projects is now open, with the deadline being 16 October 2014.


New Guidance Handbook on financing Natura 2000
The Commission prepared a new "Financing Natura 2000 Guidance Handbook" for the period 2014-2020. The document is designed to help EU Member States strengthen the uptake of EU funds for the management and conservation of their Natura 2000 sites in the new multiannual financial framework. The Handbook analyses and describes opportunities for financing investments in Natura 2000 from different funds and instruments. The Handbook is divided into two volumes:


The Commission also published a new Guidance document "Farming for Natura 2000". The document further includesAnnexes A – D with A) Key habitat types of Community interest that are dependent on agricultural management, B) Key species of Community interest associated with farmland, C) Main habitats of Community interest dependent on agriculture in each Member State and D) Management recommendations for each Annex I habitat type dependent on agricultural management. Annex E with case studies.