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About Life

The LIFE programa is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, created in 1992. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3.954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. The current funding perkiod 2014-2020 has a Budget of €3.4 billion.

LIFE co-finances projects in the environmental sector in particular in the areas of air, chemicals, green and circular economy, industrial accidents, marine and coastal management, noise, soil, waste, water, and the urban environment.The programme provides action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches. It also covers the development and demonstration of innovative technologies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU environmental policy and law, as well as best practices and solutions. The European Commission is particularly looking for technologies and solutions that are ready to be implemented in close-to-market conditions, at industrial or commercial scale, during the project duration.

The project Advanced urban water management to efficiently ensure bathing water quality (Life iBATHWATER)is co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union under contract number  LIFE17 ENV/ES/000396.

The project Advanced urban water management to efficiently ensure bathing water quality (Life iBATHWATER)is co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union under contract number  LIFE17 ENV/ES/000396.