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Climate Change Adaptation
LIFE - sub-programme “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 1,000,000.00 and € 5,000,000.00
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Projects under this strand should help to ensure continuous progress in enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, as required under with Article 5 of the European Climate Law and achieve the long-term vision of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change that, in 2050, the EU will be a climate-resilient society which is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
Projects under this call should support the strategy’s objective to:
- make adaptation smarter (improving knowledge, managing uncertainty, and informing adaptation actions by robust data and risk assessment tools that are available to all);
- make adaptation more systemic (incorporating climate resilience considerations in all relevant policy fields, because climate change has impacts at all levels of society and across all sectors of the economy);
- make adaptation faster (developing and rolling out adaptation solutions that allow us to adapt more quickly and comprehensively).
Furthermore, projects should take care to avoid maladaptation, i.e. adaptation actions or practices aimed at a group of people and that actually make them more vulnerable to climate change. In order to contribute to these objectives, projects should demonstrate a clear and convincing intervention logic which details:
- the specific climate risks and vulnerabilities to be addressed;
- the suitability of the proposed adaptation options and methods to minimise the identified risks and vulnerabilities;
- the implementation of these options and methods during the duration of the project, and
- the approach for monitoring and evaluating the results, including after the duration of the project.
For more guidance on these four steps, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Adaptation Support Tool provided on the Climate-ADAPT web portal. Finally, LIFE call 2023 also encourages projects which:
- establish synergies with Horizon Europe in particular Cluster 3 Civil security for society, Cluster 5 Climate, Energy and Mobility and Cluster 6 Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, the EU Mission ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’, and the 2030 Climate Target Plan, the EU Covenant of Mayors, the European Climate Pact, the Biodiversity strategy for 2030, European Disaster Risk Management or other relevant policies and initiatives under the European Green Deal;
- work in partnership with the private sector, cities, city-networks, unions, civil society organisations, educational institutions, and research and innovation organisations;
- mobilise additional adaptation finance and resilience investments.
Expected effects and impacts
All LIFE projects will have to report on their expected outputs and impacts taking into account the LIFE Key Performance indicators (KPIs). These KPIs will contribute to evaluating the impact of the LIFE project on an environmental but also socio- economic level (e.g. via actions impacting the local economy and population). Please review the indicators in Part C of the eGrant application and complete them with the estimated impact of the project. More detailed information will be requested during the project implementation time.
Areas of intervention:
- Adaptation policy development, and adaptation strategies and plans
- State-of-the art tools and solutions for adaptation
- Nature-based solutions in the management of land, forests, coasts and marine areas
- Adapting cities and regions to climate change
- Climate-proofing and resilience of infrastructure and buildings
- Adaptation solutions for farmers, forest managers, Natura 2000 managers and other land managers
- Water management
- Preparedness for extreme weather events
- Financial instruments, innovative solutions and public-private collaboration on insurance and loss data
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries:
- listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
- the coordinator must be established in an eligible country
Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
other eligibility criteria
Financial support to third parties is allowed under the following conditions:
- the calls must be open, published widely and conform to EU standards concerning transparency, equal treatment, conflict of interest and confidentiality
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
2 to 5 years
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Project acronym — Your project acronym must include the word LIFE.
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- Part C (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data
- Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
- detailed budget table
- participant information
- Optional annexes
- letters of support
- cofinancing declarations
- Description of sites
- Description of species and habitats
- Activity Annual report
- Other annexes (for example: lifecylce analysis, business plans etc.)
Proposals are limited to maximum 120 pages (Part B).
The maximum funding rate (% of eligible costs) is 60% with the following exceptions:
- 67% for projects targeting both priority and non-priority habitats and/or species
- 75% for projects targeting exclusively priority habitats and/or species