LIFE is the European Commission’s financial instrument exclusively dedicated to supporting environmental and nature conservation projects. The acronym LIFE comes from the name in French: L'Instrument Financier de l'Environment. The program was launched in 1992, and in 2007 it became the LIFE+ Program.
The protection of the environment is a key element for the EU’s sustainable development, and therefore is a priority for community co-financing. The projects financed by LIFE+ must contribute to the specific objectives of its three theme environments: Nature and Biodiversity, Environmental Governance Policies, and Information and Communication.
INDEMARES is a LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity project whose objective has been to contribute to the application of the Birds and Habitats Directives, focusing on the habitats and species listed in the annexes of both directives.
Given the extremely wide biodiversity in Spain, which is one of the largest in the EU representing around the 50%, it is one of the main beneficiaries of these funds.
It is important to highlight that in 2007, the LIFE+ Program has exceptionally enabled financing of scientific studies in the INDEMARES project. This will permit Spain to fulfill it’s commitment with the community policies and the obligation to designate Natura 2000 Network marine areas.