The LIFE programme and Natura2000 Network

LIFE programme

LIFE is the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment (L'Instrument Financier puor l'Environment). A programme dedicated to the implementation, updating and development of environmental policy and legislation of the European Union through the co-financing of projects of European relevance. LIFE was launched in 1992 as an expression of the public awareness of the need to protect the environment.

The Chernobyl disaster, the ozone hole, global warming gave a decisive boost to the implementation of a European policy and institutions dedicated to environmental protection. LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013).

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The Natura 2000 Network

Natura 2000 is one of the most important instruments of the European Union’s policy for the conservation of biodiversity. It is the largest existing network of protected areas in the world, consisting of approximately 26,000 sites found in all member states. The Natura 2000 Network includes Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) designated by member states in accordance with the “Habitat” Directive 92/43 / EEC, and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in accordance with the “Birds” Directive 79/409/CEE.

These areas are special because here are well preserved habitats and animal species and important plants for the conservation of biodiversity in Europe. In Italy Natura 2000 sites cover about 19% of the national territory and 4% of territorial sea.

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The #TEAMNATURA LIFE project was born with the aim of constructing a network of environmental volunteers that can help to protect and monitor the sites of the “Natura 2000 Network” (natural areas that are fundamental for the conservation of the European environment and which are therefore protected under EU Directive 92/43/CEE as “Habitats”) as well as disseminate knowledge of the “Natura 2000 Network” in Italy. A network of volunteers to assist in the active management of the “Natura 2000 Network”

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