What is LIFE?

LIFE Programme is the European Union’s financial instrument supporting the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value. In the funding period 2014-2020, the EU has approved a new LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

LIFE began in 1992, and to date, the programme has co-financed more than 3.500 projects across the EU, most of them contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and Natura 2000 species and habitats, including more than 60 projects for the conservation of European bear populations and its coexistence with human activities. Some of them have been developed in the Cantabrian Mountains.

A recent LIFE Focus publication highlights the role of the LIFE projects in the conservation of Europe’s endangered large carnivores (brown bear, wolf, Eurasian lynx) and the coexistence with human activities. This publication can be downloaded as pdf here.

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