The European Commission has approved £232million (€282.6million) of funding for 225 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union’s environment fund.
The projects selected were submitted by beneficiaries in all 28 member states and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues across the EU.
Overall, they represent a total investment of some €589.3 million, of which the EU will provide €282.6m.
“In the final year of the current programming period, the LIFE+ programme once again demonstrates its ability to deliver essential financial support for environmental and nature conservation projects with significant added value for the EU,” said environment commissioner Janez Potočnik.
“These latest projects will make a vital contribution to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of Europe’s natural capital, as well as helping to achieve sustainable growth through investment in a low carbon and resource efficient economy,” he added.
The Commission received 1,468 applications in response to its latest call for proposals, which closed in June 2013. Of these, 225 were selected for co-funding through the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication.