More and more strong and generalized awareness of the need to preserve
the territory in which we live and consequent rising collective pressures
of environmental safeguard in last decades have brought all the public
structures, national and European, of economic planning to ask themselves
about ecological impact of economic activities in general and about
the possibility to influence them, addressing to research of solutions
profitable and at the same time environment respectful.
EC, from the end of '80 th, has always been receptive and active in this sector, firstly sustaining financially environmental projects for the protection of dying species or natural habitats, then encouraging actions directed to the sustainable management of waste in general or to reduce the pollution.
With programs ACE, ACE II, MEDSPA e NORSPA, between ‘80 th and ‘90 th , EC gave more concreteness to intents, creating regulations to support, in finance way, projects turned to development of clean technologies, of new techniques of environmental monitoring and for the protection of species and habitats.
Between 1991 and 1992, a short parenthesis was dedicated to the ACNAT program that allowed to continue to finance projects directed to the preservation of natural habitats. This program was included, in 1992, in the first LIFE program (LIFE I).
After that, LIFE programs followed one upon the other in years successfully, until the last version, LIFE III, by which our company has been financed.
Divided in three parts, NATURE, ENVIRONMENT, THIRD COUNTRIES, having different objectives but the same aim to contribute for the environmental improvement, it finance with important amounts demonstrative projects with a strong environmental mark.
LIFE NATURE is dedicated to species and habitats safeguard projects.
LIFE THIRD COUNTRIES is directed to countries not included in EU but that are located in Mediterranean area and therefore that have strategic ecologic characteristics for the whole Europe . It's turned to support projects that aim to develop national environmental politics in that countries.
LIFE ENVIRONMENT, through which also our company has been financed, is dedicated to encourage development of clean and environmental respectful technologies in each sector, backing projects that could be replicated to multiply environmental benefits.
As already explained, the general purpose of LIFE ENVIRONMENT is to contribute to development of techniques and innovative methods in the environmental background through financing demonstrative projects with grants supplied directly from EC.
The Programme wants to fill the gap between results of research and their application on a large scale.
To that end, Life Unit promotes projects that could contribute to the practice realization of the EC policy defined by the 6 th Programme of Action for the Environment.
In particular, LIFE ENVIRONMENT supports actions and projects involved in the following thematic areas:
- Land use development and planning;
- Sustainable management of groundwater and surface water;
- Minimization of environmental impact of economic activities;
- Prevention, reuse, recovery and recycling of waste streams;
- Reduction of the environmental impact of products and services.
More detailed information are available on
the EC website, in the section dedicated to the Life Programme: