LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity Financial Instrument of the European Commission.
LIFE+ is a programme supporting projects that protect nature and the environment in all European Union member states. LIFE+ is the only instrument financed by the European Union that concentrates solely on co-funding environmental protection projects. The program’s main objectives are to support environmental protection implementation processes within the EU, carry out environmental protection policies and identify and promote new solutions regarding the protection of the environment.
The programming cycle of financing of LIFE+ began in 2007. LIFE+ is targeted to all institutions, public as well as private, commercial and non-commercial, registered as legal entities in the European Union.
The Programme has three components that distinguish its three main areas of support:
- Component I LIFE+ NATURE AND BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
- Component II LIFE+ ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND POLICY
- Component III LIFE+ INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
More information about the LIFE+ Financial Instrument can be found at www.ec.europa.eu/environment/life/index.htm.
National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
Existing since 1990, the NFEPaWM is the most important national government institution responsible for financing environmental protection in the country.
The National Fund operates based on the Environmental Protection Law. During recent years, the most important task of the National Fund has been the effective and efficient utilization of European Union resources, granted for the expansion and modernization of infrastructure linked with environmental protection in Poland. The implementation of ecological projects that gained or will gain funding granted by the European Commission, and additional financing granted by the National Fund, is to facilitate attaining ecological results stemming from international obligations.
NFEPaWM funds are first designated for the implementation of large projects conducted on a trans-regional scale that serve to improve the qualities of water, air and land. Activities in the field of geology and mining, environmental monitoring, prevention of threats to the environment, nature protection and forestry, popularizing knowledge about ecosystems, health prevention among children, as well as academic studies and expert opinions are also financed by the National Fund. Most recently, one of the priority objectives of the NFEPaWM is investing in renewable energy sources.
More information about the NFEPaWM is found at its website www.nfosigw.gov.pl.