LIFE+ call for proposals 2008 LIFE+ Closed!


The Commission invites entities registered in the European Union to present proposals for the LIFE+ call for proposals 2008.


1. LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity

To protect, conserve, restore, monitor and facilitate the functioning of natural systems, natural habitats, wild flora and fauna, with the aim of halting the loss of biodiversity, including diversity of genetic resources, within the EU by 2010.

2. LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance

  • Climate change: To stabilise greenhouse gas concentration at a level that prevents global warming above 2 °C.
  • Water: To contribute to enhanced water quality by developing cost-effective measures to achieve good ecological status in view of developing the first river basin management plan under  by 2009.
  • Air: To achieve levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on and risks to human health and the environment.
  • Soil: To protect and to ensure the sustainable use of soil by preserving soil functions, preventing
  • threats to soil, mitigating their effects and restoring degraded soils.
  • Urban environment: To contribute to improving the environmental performance of Europe's urban areas.
  • Noise: To contribute to policy development and implementation on environmental noise.
  • Chemicals: To improve the protection of environment and health from risks posed by chemicals by 2020 by implementing chemicals legislation and the Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of pesticides.
  • Environment and health: To develop the information base for policy on the environment and health (the Environment and Health Action Plan for 2004 to 2010).
  • Natural resources and waste: To develop and implement policies designed to ensure sustainable management and use of natural resources and waste, and to improve the environmental performances of products, sustainable production and consumption patterns, waste prevention, recovery and recycling; to contribute to the effective implementation of the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste.
  • Forests: To provide, especially through an EU coordination network, a concise and comprehensive basis for policy relevant information on forests in relation to climate change (impact on forest ecosystems, mitigation, substitution effects), biodiversity (baseline information and protected forest areas), forest fires, forest conditions and the protective functions of forests (water, soil and infrastructure) as well as contributing to the protection of forests against fires.
  • Innovation: To contribute to developing and demonstrating innovative policy approaches, technologies, methods and instruments to assist in the implementation of the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP).
  • Strategic approaches: To promote the effective implementation and enforcement of Community environmental legislation and improve the knowledge base for environmental policy; to improve the environmental performance of SMEs.

3. LIFE+ Information and Communication

To disseminate information and raise awareness on environmental issues, including forest fire prevention; and to provide support for accompanying measures, such as information, communication actions and campaigns, conferences and training, including training on forest fire prevention.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 207,50 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 21 November 2008 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 05 January 2009 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • LIFE+ call for proposals 2008 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for the Environment

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