LIFE programme: EU honours inspirational projects supporting nature, environment and climate action
Yesterday at the EU Green Week, Europe’s biggest environmental event, the winners of the 2021 LIFE Awards were announced by the EU’s LIFE programme – the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The LIFE Awards recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in three categories: nature protection, environment and climate action. This year’s Awards honoured winners in three different categories from the Slovakia (Nature), Spain (Environment), and France (Climate Action). The public also voted for their favourite project in the Citizens’ Award going to an Italian project, and the work and dedication of young volunteers were recognised in the LIFE4Youth Award with a selected project also from Italy. Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal said: “The climate and biodiversity crises are more present than ever, but this year’s LIFE project finalists provide hope and inspiration for future solutions. Conserving natural habitats and protecting wildlife are essential to our green recovery and our journey to climate neutrality.” Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries said: “I would like to congratulate all the LIFE Awards 2021 finalists and winners. LIFE projects are a stellar example of people working together each and every day to address the most pressing global challenges like climate change and biodiversity loss. LIFE projects combine technology, innovation, expertise, cooperation, but above all lots of dedication to deliver smart solutions. I wish you all continued success.” An expert jury looked at the 15 finalists and chose the three winners, who all demonstrated an outstanding contribution to environmental, economic and social developments. They also showed excellence in impact, replicability, policy relevance, cross-border cooperation and cost-effectiveness. More information about the winners and other finalists can be found here.