The Return to the Neophron – one of the Best LIFE Projects for 2016 and 2017

25.05.2018
© Patrick Mascart

“The Return to the Neophron” is among 28 Best LIFE-Nature / Information Projects for 2016 and 2017! A total of 62 best projects in three categories were selected among 400 others for this period. This is the second huge recognition for the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, HOS, WWF-Greece and RSPB, after last week the project received the prestigious Natura 2000 award.

On 23 May during EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the nine winners of the 2016 and 2017 LIFE Awards for the “Best of the best” LIFE projects. The nine winners include projects from Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. A special people's Choice Award, in line with this year's Green Week focus on sustainable cities, was given to a LIFE green city project, exploring solutions to reduce air pollution in cities.

The LIFE Awards recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in the fields of nature protection, environment and climate action. If applied widely, they can have a highly positive impact on the environment, boosting economic growth and providing significant benefits for European citizens.

 

The LIFE programme is the EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It has been running since 1992 and has co-financed more than 4 500 projects across the EU and in third countries. The programme has contributed over €4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate and mobilised over €9 billion in total. At any given moment some 1 100 projects are ongoing. The budget for the LIFE Programme for 2014–2020 is set at €3.4 billion, and has sub-programmes for environment and climate action.

© Patrick Mascart
© Patrick Mascart
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