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*** Form A8 – Declarations of Support Deadline - 5th September ***

Nature and Biodiversity proposals often include actions where the coordinating and associated beneficiaries are not empowered to take the necessary decisions to ensure their successful completion. To show that the national authority supports the project, an A8 form for each region where the project is being carried out (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) should be included in the proposal. If the project is being carried out in more than one country, the A8 form must be completed by the relevant competent nature conservation/biodiversity authority of each participating country. Proposals including actions requiring this type of support where an A8 form has not been included are likely to receive a low evaluation score.

Full details on the requirement for an A8 form can be found on page 60 of the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity Guidelines for Applicants 2014. If you need to request an A8 form the deadline is Friday 5th September, however, if you have not done so already, please get in touch with the relevant authority now so that they are aware of your proposal.

Send your Nature or Biodiversity B1 and B2 form by the 5th September to the relevant email address below:

 

LIFE Multiannual Work Programme for 2014-2017

The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 has been adopted by a Commission Decision on 19th March 2014, after received a positive opinion of the Committee for the LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate Action on 17th February 2014. The work programme applies from the date of its adoption and enters into force as of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will be published in all EU languages with the exception of Irish.

The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 sets the framework for the next four years for the management of the new LIFE Programme 2014-2020. It contains an indicative budget, explains the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes – for Environment and for Climate Action. The total budget for funding projects during the period covered amounts to €1.1 billion under the sub-programme for Environment and €0.36 billion under the sub-programme for Climate Action.

For the first time LIFE project funding also will be provided through innovative financial instruments. The LIFE Environment sub-programme contributes to one such instrument, the pilot Natural Capital Financing (NCFF) financial instrument, which falls under the Nature and Biodiversity project area and will help finance biodiversity projects, amongst other things. The work programme also features an indicative timetable for the calls for proposals for action and operating grants as well as for the two pilot financial instruments covered by it. The first calls are scheduled for May/June 2014.ell as for the two pilot financial instruments covered by it. The first calls are scheduled for May/June 2014.

To download the work programme, please click here.

Information Day for the 2014 LIFE Call

The joint UK and Ireland LIFE Information Day took place on Tuesday 25th March in London. To download the presentations from the day, please click on one of the links below.

The new 2014-2020 Programme - Anne Burrill DG Environment, European Commission download

Overview of National Contact Point, e-proposal and support arrangements - Catherine Holt, Beta Technology download

Developing LIFE bids, an Environment Agency and Natural England perspective - Ed Clegg, Environment Agency & Craig Thomas, Natural England download

How to write a proposal (including lessons from previous rounds) - Anne Burrill, DG Environment, European Commission download

Where are we with Integrated Projects in the UK? - Richard Findon/Liz Crocker, Defra LIFE Policy Lead download

The Information Day was also webstreamed, and a recording of the day can be found by clicking here.