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LIFE integrated Projects: Milieu en Klimaat

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Inleiding

LIFE is the European Programme for the Environment and Climate Action, for the period from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020.

Doelstellingen

Integrated Projects are projects implementing on a large territorial scale, in particular, regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale, environmental or climate plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental or climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source. For the sub-programme for environment, the LIFE MAWP for 2014-2017 defines for each of the areas nature, water, air, and waste the specific related plans required under Union environmental law, which are to be implemented through Integrated Projects. In line with the priorities laid down in the LIFE Regulation, the LIFE MAWP for 2014- 2017 specifies that Integrated Projects under the sub-programme for Environment shall aim at co-funding actions with the main purpose of helping Member States and regional/local authorities in the implementation of the following specific set of strategic environmental plans or strategies:- Nature IPs: should aim at the implementation of Prioritised Action Frameworks (PAF) elaborated pursuant to Article 8 of the Habitats Directive4;- Water IPs: should aim at the implementation of River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) that have been developed in the Member States pursuant to the Water Framework Directive5;- Waste IPs: should aim at the implementation of Waste Management Plans (WMP) as required by article 28 of the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98 (WFD) and/or Waste Prevention Programmes (WPP) as required by article 29 of the Waste Framework Directive; and- Air IPs: should aim at the implementation and monitoring of Air Quality Plans (AQP) as defined by Directive 2008/50/EC with the ultimate goal of contributing to the National Air Pollution Reduction Programmes In line with the priorities laid down in the LIFE Regulation, the LIFE Multiannual Work Programme for 2014-2017 specifies that Integrated Projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action shall aim at co-funding actions with the main purpose of helping Member States and regional/local authorities as well as main stakeholders in the implementation of the following specific set of strategic climate plans or strategies:- Climate change adaptation IPs: should aim at the implementation of transnational, national, regional or local specific adaptation strategies or action plans;- Climate change mitigation IPs: should aim at the implementation of transnational, national, regional or industry/sector specific greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, action plans or low carbon economy roadmaps; and- Urban climate change mitigation and/or adaptation IPs: should aim at the implementation of urban action plans implementing the transition to a low carbon and/or climate resilient society. It is encouraged, where relevant, for projects to contribute to more than one of the priority areas of the sub-programme Climate Action6. In this respect the following aspects may be relevant:- for IPs dealing with the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies or action plans, their contribution to the objectives of the EU Adaptation Strategy, including ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation7 as well as support for improvements in biodiversity and nature conservation. Moreover, contributions to climate change mitigation and improved governance and capacity building in climate change as well as mainstreaming adaptation objectives across different sectors are relevant.- for IPs dealing with the implementation of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, action plans or low carbon economy roadmaps, their contribution to the implementation and development of Union policy and legislation on climate change mitigation including the EU ETS, the Effort Sharing Decision for sectors not covered by the EU ETS, the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Directive, the Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases and the decision governing the inclusion of emissions and removals related to Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). Moreover, contributions to climate change adaptation, improved governance and capacity building in climate change as well as mainstreaming mitigation objectives across different policy areas are relevant.- for IPs dealing with the implementation of urban action plans implementing the transition to a low carbon and/or climate resilient society, their contribution to the implementation of the 'Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' and 'Mayors Adapt'). Moreover, contributions to improved governance, awareness raising and capacity building as well as mainstreaming climate change action across different policy areas are relevant. Integrated Projects shall aim towards the full implementation of the targeted plan or strategy. This does not mean that the IP will cover all actions foreseen in the plan or that the plan will be fully implemented during the lifetime of the IP. However, the IP shall include strategic actions to catalyse a process and mobilise supplementary commitments and funding that will lead, in due time, to the full implementation of the plan or strategy. The IP should therefore be designed in a way to address this long term objective. Integrated Projects shall promote the coordination with and mobilisation of other relevant Union, national or private funding sources for the implementation of the complementary measures or actions outside of the Integrated Project in the framework of the targeted plan or strategy giving preference to Union funding. Within the IP itself, however, co-funding may not come from other Union funding sources. Integrated Projects are expected to demonstrate effective and well-coordinated implementation of a plan or strategy in a given geographical area to realise Union environmental objectives, and provide examples of how to replicate success in other geographical areas within that Member State or in other Member States.Integrated Projects should include a high quality multi-purpose delivery mechanism (e.g. aiming at environmental and climate benefits and capacity-building) that make it possible to achieve results in other policy areas3, to create synergies with these policies and to integrate environmental and climate action objectives into them.Integrated Projects shall ensure that the main stakeholders are actively involved in the design and implementation of the given project. This involvement is expected to be achieved by including them - where possible and reasonable - as associated beneficiaries of the IP, or through their active participation in the implementation of the IP itself and/or of the complementary actions.The design of IPs and the composition of the project partnership is again expected to facilitate and result in the building up of strategic capacities among the competent authorities and stakeholders to ensure a long term sustainability of project results and actions, and to ensure that they will be able to function as co-deliverers of the targeted plan or strategy after the end of the IP.  

Budget

EnvironmentThere is no fixed minimum size for IP budgets. Beneficiaries should, however, be aware that considering their scale, the proposals for IPs are expected to be large and ambitious with a substantial budget that well exceeds the average LIFE grant size awarded to LIFE "traditional projects".It is foreseen that the LIFE programme would contribute – on average – EUR 10 million to each IP (i.e. the total project budget could be around EUR 17 million).Please note that the total indicative budget available for IPs in 2016 is about EUR 79 million. The maximum co-financing rate from LIFE for the Integrated Projects is 60% of the total eligible project costs. The remaining 40% of the cost shall be covered fully by the own contributions of the project beneficiaries or supplemented by co-financers. In order to avoid any potential double-funding of projects using EU funds, no other EU funds may be used to contribute to these 40%. ClimateIt is expected that the LIFE programme would contribute – on average – EUR 8 million to each IP. The total indicative budget available for Climate Action Integrated Projects in 2016 is about EUR 16 million. 

Begunstigden

While other LIFE project proposals may be submitted by any legal person registered in the European Union, in the case of Integrated Projects, it is strongly recommended that the competent authority or entity responsible for the implementation of the plan or strategy targeted by the Integrated Project submit both the Concept Note and the full proposal. In any case, the competent authority must take part in the project as a beneficiary (coordinating or associated). If the grant is awarded, the organisation submitting the Concept Note and/or the proposal for an Integrated Project would become the coordinating beneficiary. Applicants may fall under one of the following three categories: (1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs). 

Info & contact

Contact in Vlaanderen en België:Stefanie Hugelier - FOD LeefmilieuTel: +32 2 524 96 88E-mail: stefanie.hugelier@milieu.belgie.be  Voor Natuur & BiodiversiteitAgentschap voor Natuur en BosCentrale Diensten Ms. Els MARTENSTel: +32 478 551 256E-mail: els.martens@lne.vlaanderen.be Alle noodzakelijke documenten zowel voor het subprogramma milieu als voor klimaat vindt u op  vindt u op http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/life2016/index.htm#env

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Programma voor Milieu en Klimaat - LIFE

Inleiding

LIFE:

  • Is katalysator voor de overgang naar een hulpbronnenefficiënte, koolstofarme en klimaatbestendige economie, en voor de bescherming en verbetering van de kwaliteit van het milieu, biodiversiteit en ecosystemen
  • Verbetert de handhaving en implementatie van het Europese milieu- en klimaatbeleid, dient als katalysator voor milieu- en klimaatdoelstellingen en de integratie van deze doelstellingen in andere EU-beleidsdomeinen en in de werking van de publieke en private sectoren
  • Ondersteunt milieu- en klimaatbeheer en betrokkenheid van het middenveld en lokale actoren 
  • Ondersteunt de uitvoering van het zevende milieuactieprogramma.

Doelstellingen

Subprogramma’s:

1. Milieu:

  • Milieu en efficiënt hulpbronnengebruik: water inclusief marien milieu, afval, efficiënt gebruik van hulpbronnen met inbegrip van bodem en bossen, groene kringloopeconomie, milieu en gezondheid, luchtkwaliteit en emissies met inbegrip van het stedelijke milieu
  • Natuur: uitvoering van habitat- en vogelrichtlijn
  • Biodiversiteit: uitvoering van EU-biodiversiteitstrategie 2020 
  • Milieubeleid, -bestuur en informatie: campagnes in overeenstemming met prioriteiten van het zevende milieuactieplan, controle en maatregelen om de naleving van de milieuwetgeving te bevorderen en ondersteuning van informatiesystemen voor de uitvoering van milieuwetgeving.

2. Klimaatactie:

  • Mitigatie van de klimaatverandering
  • Aanpassing aan de klimaatverandering
  • Klimaatbeheer en informatie

Soorten projecten:

  • Proefprojecten
  • Demonstratieprojecten
  • Bestepraktijkprojecten
  • Geïntegreerde projecten
  • Projecten voor technische bijstand (enkel voor contactpunten)
  • Projecten capaciteitsopbouw (beperkt aantal landen - niet voor België)
  • Voorbereidende projecten (voorbereiding projecten klimaatbeleid) 
  • Informatie-, bewustmakings- en verspreidingsprojecten

Twee financiële instrumenten

  • Private Financing for Energy Efficiency (PF4EE): leningen via banken in de EU-lidstaten voor projecten die de nationale actieplannen voor energie-efficiëntie van de lidstaten ondersteunen.
  • Natural Capital Financing Facility voor projecten in
    • ecosysteemdiensten
    • groene infrastructuur
    • offsets voor biodiversiteit
    • investeringen voor innovatieve pro-biodiversiteit
    • commerciële activiteiten m.b.t. adaptatie aan klimaatverandering

Budget

Het LIFE programma beschikt over een budget van 3,5 miljard euro.

  • Milieu: 2,592 miljard euro en
  • Klimaatactie: 864,2 miljoen euro.

Begunstigden

Wie maakt kans op subsidies uit het LIFE programma?

  • Alle juridische entiteiten

Welke landen komen in aanmerking voor subsidies uit het LIFE programma?

  • EU-lidstaten,
  • landen van de Europese Vrijhandelsassociatie (EVA) die partij zijn bij de Overeenkomst betreffende de Europese Eco­nomische Ruimte,
  • begunstigde landen van het Instrument voor Pretoetredingssteun en van het Europees Nabuurschapsinstrument,
  • landen die lid zijn van het Europees Milieuagentschap.

Info & contact

Federaal contactpunt efficiënt gebruik van natuurlijke grondstoffen, beleid en informatie over milieuproblematiek en klimaat
Stefanie Hugelier
stefanie.hugelier@milieu.belgie.be  
T 02 524 96 88

Vlaams aanspreekpunt en federaal contactpunt natuur en biodiversiteit
Els Martens
els.martens@lne.vlaanderen.be  
T 02 553 76 86

Meer lezen 
www.ec.europa.eu/environment/life  
http://www.eib.org/products/blending/ncff/index.htm
http://www.eib.org/products/blending/pf4ee/index.htm

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