Climate Change Adaptation


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


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



Climate Change Adaptation


Projects under this strand should help to:

  • Ensure continuous progress in enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, as required under with Article 5 of the European Climate Law
  • Achieve the long-term vision of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change30 that, in 2050, the EU will be a climate-resilient society which is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Detailed Call Description

Climate change is having far-reaching effects ranging from unprecedented forest fires, heatwaves, droughts or other extreme events to slow-onset processes likedesertification, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification or sea level rise.

Projects under this call should support the strategy’s objective to:

  • make adaptation smarter (improving knowledge, managing uncertainty, and informing adaptation actions by robust data and risk assessment tools that are available to all);
  • make adaptation more systemic (incorporating climate resilience considerations in all relevant policy fields, because climate change has impacts at all levels of society and across all sectors of the economy);
  • make adaptation faster (developing and rolling out adaptation solutions that allow us to adapt more quickly and comprehensively).

Furthermore, projects should take care to avoid maladaptation, i.e. adaptation actions or practices aimed at a group of people and that actually make them more vulnerable to climate change.

In order to contribute to these objectives, projects should demonstrate a clear and convincing intervention logic which details:

  • the specific climate risks and vulnerabilities to be addressed;
  •  the suitability of the proposed adaptation options and methods to minimise the identified risks and vulnerabilities;
  • the implementation of these options and methods during the duration of the project and
  • the approach for monitoring and evaluating the results, including after the duration of the project

Areas of intervention

  1. Adaptation policy development, and adaptation strategies and plans
  2. State-of-the art tools and solutions for adaptation
  3. Nature-based solutions in the management of land, forests, coasts and marine areas
  4. Adapting cities and regions to climate change
  5. Climate-proofing and resilience of infrastructure and buildings
  6. Adaptation solutions for farmers, forest managers, Natura 2000 managers and other land managers
  7. Water management
  8. Preparedness for extreme weather events
  9. Financial instruments, innovative solutions and public private collaboration on insurance and loss data

Call Total Budget

€30 000 000. Indicative range of project budgets: €1-5 Mln

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


Thematic Categories

  • Enlargement
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Land Development
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Public Administration
  • Regional Development
  • Rural development
  • Urban Development
  • Water - Management of Water Resources

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Parliamentary Bodies
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Semi-governmental 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 (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    •  non-EU countries:
    • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
  • the coordinator must be established in an eligible country

Financial support to third parties will be accepted in projects which aim to assist entities outside the project partnership (e.g. non-profit organisations, local authorities or citizens groups) in the implementation or development of local initiatives that will contribute to the project’s objectives.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962

EU Contact Point

European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency