LIFE+ is the EU’s funding instrument to support the Member States in order to develop projects which protect the environment and conserve nature.

This programme began in 1992 and it has been developed according to the following phases:

  • The first phase, LIFE I, took place between 1992 and 1995.
  • The second phase, LIFE II, was developed between 1996 and 1999.
  • The third phase, LIFE III, took place between 2000 and 2006.
  • The fourth phase, LIFE+, ran from 2007 to 2013.

The programme is currently undergoing its LIFE (2014-2020) phase and the LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017.

During this period, LIFE Programme has funded nearly 4000 European projects aimed at improving the environment and contributing to its protection, giving over 3 billion euros.