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LIFE Programme for Environment and Climate Action 2014-2020 with a budget of € 864 million is dedicated to addressing the challenges of climate change across the EU. It supports the implementation of the strategic priorities of EU climate policy including Climate Change Adaptation. The programme specifically aims 1) to support the development and implementation of adaptation policies, including mainstreaming across policy areas; 2) to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of adaptation measures; 3) to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated  approaches; and 4) to contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change adaptation technologies, systems, methods and instruments.

There are a number of instruments through which adaptation-related projects are implemented: 

  • Traditional projects (action grants) for climate resilient action with demonstrative, best practice or pilot nature, as well as information, awareness and dissemination projects that promote awareness raising.
  • Integrated projects on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national) implementing climate plans or strategies required by specific Union legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, ensuring involvement of stakeholders and coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source. Technical Assistance is available for the preparation of integrated projects.
  • The Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), a financing instrument managed by the European Investment Bank.   
  • Operational grants to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the field of climate action and policy development at European level.

The LIFE Multiannual Work Programme 2018-2020 dedicates €123,85 million to Climate Change Adaptation.

Applicants may be public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations. Check here for information on open calls and selection criteria. 

A dedicated strand for climate change adaptation was first introduced in LIFE 2014 call, however already prior to that the programme has been supporting adaptation-related projects through its LIFE Nature & Biodiversity and LIFE Environment strands.

LIFE funded adaptation projects have contributed to the development of adaptation plans and strategies on national, regional and local levels, mainstreamed adaptation into key sectors, such as agriculture, forestry, water management, urban planning, health, biodiversity management etc., or addressed specific climate change related concerns in sectors through concrete implemented measures, as well as tested and developed innovative technologies and solutions for adaptation, raised awareness, encouraged stakeholder participation, enhanced adaptation governance and developed the knowledge base for adaptation. LIFE and Climate change adaptation report describes in detail how LIFE programme has supported adaptation Europe-wide and showcases the funded adaptation projects; it also includes a full list of close to 150 adaptation-relevant projects funded between 2000 and 2013.

The key LIFE adaptation projects can be found in Climate-ADAPT database and LIFE programme maintains a comprehensive database of all completed and ongoing projects covering all funding strands.