Natura 2000 Network

Natura 2000 is a European ecological network of biodiversity conservation areas. It consists of Special Areas of Conservation designated in accordance with the Habitat Directive as well as Special Protection Areas for Birds established under the Birds Directive.

Its purpose is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most endangered species and habitats, helping to prevent the loss of biodiversity caused by the adverse impact of human activities. It is the main instrument for nature conservation in the European Union.

LIFE+ Program of the European Union

The LIFE Program is the only financial instrument of the European Union dedicated exclusively to the environment. Its overall objective for the period 2014-2020 is to contribute to the sustainable development and achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the relevant Union strategies and plans on environment and climate.

LIFE Regulation 2014-2020

On December 20, 2013, the new LIFE Regulation for the period 2014-2020, Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 11, 2013, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union for the establishment of an Environment and Climate Action Program (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 614/2007.

The financial envelope for the implementation of the LIFE Program during this period will amount to 3,456.7 million euros, divided into two sub-programmes: the Environment Sub-programme (2,592.5 million €) and the Climate Action Sub-programme (864.2 million €).

This proposal is built on the success achieved by the LIFE+ Program 2007-2013, although it is a new, better structured, more strategic, simplified and more flexible program. It places a particular emphasis on a better governance.

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