LIFE programme is one of the main EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, climate change and nature conservation projects throughout EU. The general objective of LIFE programme 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 European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). External selection, monitoring and communication teams provide assistance to the Commission and EASME. The European Investment Bank will manage the two new financial instruments (NCFF and PF4EE).
The LIFE12 ENV / ES / 000761 – DISCOVERED LIFE Project, awarded in 2012, is part of the LIFE + programme covering the period between 2007-2013, within the scope of "Environment Policy and Governance".