LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity is one of the main strands of the European Union’s funding programme for the environment. It supports projects that contribute to the implementation of the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives, the NATURA 2000 network and that contribute to the EU's goal of halting the loss of biodiversity. LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity thematic sections offering a selection of projects and their results.
As far as it concerns the species thematic section it provides targeted funding for species conservation actions, supporting projects aimed at conserving threatened species listed in the annexes of the EU Habitats Directive, Birds Directive and the IUCN European Red List. More than 400 listed species - everything from large mammals to molluscs - have been targeted at least once by a LIFE project. This thematic section features a selection of information and communication projects and their results.
Moreover, LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity provides targeted funding for projects aimed at conserving threatened habitats listed in the annexes of the EU Habitats Directive. As well as supporting specific restoration actions, LIFE funding has been used to buy or lease land for habitat conservation, enabled Member States to carry out inventories of Natura 2000 sites and financed more than 1 000 management plans across the Natura 2000 network.
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NATURA 2000 NETWORK
Natura 2000 is an ecological network of protected areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe’s most valuable species and habitats. Natura 2000 is based on the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive. The green infrastructure it provides safeguards numerous ecosystem services and ensures that Europe’s natural system remain healthy and resilient.
For each Natura 2000 site, national authorities have submitted a standard data form (SDF) that contains an extensive description of the site and its ecology. The European Topic Centre for Biological Diversity (ETC/BD), based in Paris, is responsible for validating this data and creating an EU wide descriptive database.
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