Biodiversity in the Outermost Regions and the Overseas Countries and Territories

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Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION

Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE 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. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

Identifier Code

LIFE-2021-BEST

Call

Biodiversity in the Outermost Regions and the Overseas Countries and Territories

Summary

The proposed project shall aim to implement a small grant scheme for biodiversity action in the EU’s ORs and OCTs. The purpose of this funding mechanism for biodiversity would be to further unlock the local potential for biodiversity action in the EU’s ORs and OCTs, and to foster the implementation of concrete conservation activities in those areas aiming at protecting nature and reversing the degradation of ecosystems.

Detailed Call Description

The proposed project shall implement calls for proposals from 2022 onwards to finance small grants for biodiversity conservation and / or restoration action in the EU’s ORs and OCTs located in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Amazon, Pacific, Polar and Subpolar and Macaronesian Regions.

The proposed project should build on the experience of past programmes that supported a small grant scheme for biodiversity action in the EU’s ORs and OCTs.
The calls for proposals and the selection of the grants should be based on a strategic intervention logic and clear mechanism that guarantees the maximum level of coordination and coherence between the individual small grants (especially when operating in the same geographical area), logical continuity of interventions and maximal long term impact. 

Each small grant should inter alia:

  • implement outcome-oriented effective measures that lead to direct and sustainable improvements of the status of wildlife species and natural habitats in terrestrial, inland water, coastal and or marine areas; introduce and apply nature-based solutions; and/or strengthen the policy framework for nature restoration and conservation and/or promote sustainable use of ecosystem services.
  •  implement and/or ensure coherence with the relevant National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and other applicable national biodiversity plans and strategies.
  • increase the extent, connectivity and effective management of protected areas (e.g. developing and implementing management plans for the sites) when targeting site related activities, contributing to the development of a network of protected areas on land and at sea;
  • engage local authorities and civil society organisations which are committed in local development and biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem services
  • introduce measures to improve knowledge, and/or financing and/or investments in biodiversity conservation, restoration and sustainable use.

Call Total Budget

€32,000,000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

95%

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States
    • Overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • be active in the areas of nature conservation and climate change
  • be active in EU’s ORs and OCTs located in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Amazon, Pacific, Polar and Subpolar and Macaronesian Regions

Call Opening Date

16/12/2021

Call Closing Date

24/04/2022

National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
www.lifecyclamen.com.cy

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 926
Email: mpapastavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 962
Email: cpapastavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

(Publish Date: 16/12/2021-for internal use only)