Enquadramento LIFE

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.
LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment.

The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). External selection, monitoring and communication teams provide assistance to the Commission and EASME. The European Investment Bank will manage the two new financial instruments (NCFF and PF4EE).

Objetivos

Taking for basis a participated reflection that started with the aim of preparing a proposal for the former call with identical objectives – a target not achieved as the proposal’s structure, partnership and co-financing schemes were not definitively stabilized by the deadline of the call – this project seeks a set of combined objectives, which directly fit to those announced with the call.

Currently set objectives include:

overall deployment of a minimum of 175 European Solidarity Corps (ESC) volunteers on tasks/activities focusing on environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of natural areas and ecosystems (mainly N2000 sites and species/habitats protected by the Birds and Habitats Directive)

active involvement of 9 Portuguese organizations with different aims and national coverage on deployment/management of ESC volunteers (1 national authority for environmental policies, 1 local public administration, 4 environmental NGO’s with complimentary aims, 1 national umbrella organization gathering firms with corporate sustainable development policies, 1 association gathering public/private bodies developing ecotourism services/products and 1 SME from the media/communication sector)

increased offer of opportunities for ESC volunteers to gain valuable learning experience and develop their potential, taking for basis a diverse range of potential activities to be undertaken with each of the hosting organizations (including training to undertake them) and the design and test of an innovative joint volunteer program which fosters “rotation” among organizations and a larger number of skills and experiences (the latter embracing at least 30 volunteers)

increased internal capacitation of the participating organizations to leverage their aims, namely by using the above referred “rotating” scheme, and the ESC volunteers, as a vehicle for additional knowledge and practices exchange among organizations

increased capacity built and support to ongoing LIFE projects with the extra workforce and tasks to be delivered by volunteers, including direct support to 4 ongoing LIFE projects:
• assessment of the potential impact of ESC volunteers in environment protection activities, especially by focusing on using their extra work to foster and improve existing volunteering programs directed at other target audiences;
• increased awareness of organizations managing N2000 Sites about the opportunities offered by the European Solidarity Corps for maintaining and restoring this biodiversity network across Europe;
• increased cooperation and experience exchange, including with land owners, farmers and firms, in the context of rural development support to environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of natural areas and ecosystems.

In addition, to these goals – which directly tackle those of the call -, the project also foresees to:

promote combined work of ESC volunteers with volunteers coming from complimentary target audiences, including 2.090 external volunteers expected to be engaged with the project works

increase and foster cooperation of the project beneficiaries with an additional universe of at least 105 external organizations (private companies, public and non-profit organizations, including those from the third sector, and landowners)

set the basis and anchor for operation of a solid post-project joint volunteering program directed at hosting ESC volunteers for nature conservation (keeping as participating organizations the current associated beneficiaries but expanding the range to other private companies, public and non-profit organizations, including environmental NGO’s and those dealing with the third sector)

Resultados esperados

Summarizing the main highlights, and concerning volunteers, the project foresees to deploy 175 volunteers, without any contract break, allowing to deploy new skills to all of them (and at least 2 complimentary skills for 30 of those), and achieving an overall satisfaction of ate least 80%. As for organizations, we expect each associated beneficiary’s team to be further capacitated to undertake at least two new activities compared to current internal settings, an increased overall cooperation for conservation embracing at least 105 external organizations (public and private), and the continuity of deployment for the innovative joint volunteer scheme essayed with action A.3, allowing to foster ESC volunteer use for nature conservation. In what concerns conservation outputs, these are expected to improve conservation of at least 91 ha of relevant habitats (87 of which inside N2000), to contribute for control/eradication of IAS in about 69 ha, and to raise awareness and engage with conservation at least 3.870 individuals and organizations, including active engagement with volunteering of 38 private companies and 47 public or non-profit organizations and 20 land owners. A major and enduring output is also foreseen on the general public, targeted by a TV series, which is expected to be seen by at least 500.000 person.

In addition, we expect the project works to be replicated and/or transferred to other stakeholders who can benefit from them, and quite possibly by assuming a multi-country approach, as part of joint networking with the ongoing LIFE ELCN project, where MONTIS is an associated beneficiary.

Progresso do Projeto

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