The European Commission has approved funding for 143 new projects under the first call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication.
Overall, they represent a total investment of €367 million, of which the EU will provide €186 million.
Four projects were selected for funding from Hungary: conservation plan of the water-world of Szabadság-island next to Mohács and Béda-Karapancsa, conservation project of Eastern Bakony, Hungarian meadow viper conservation program and Hortobágy salt marhland and fish-pond restoration plan – according to the press-release of Brussels. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: “I am impressed by the range and high quality of the proposals submitted this year. The projects selected will not only have a significant impact on the environment, but will also show the way for others to apply the same techniques.” Following the first call under the LIFE+ programme, the Commission received over 700 proposals from public or private bodies from the 27 EU Member States. Of these, 143 were selected for co-funding through the new programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication.
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