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, which will continue until 2013.
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 is 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
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
The Natura 2000 Network is a European ecologic network of biodiversity conservation areas to assure the long-term survival of
Natura 2000 consists of Sites of Community Interest (SCI) declared by the
The sea area (offshore) integrated in the Natura 2000 Network so far is less than 0.5% of Spanish territorial waters. This percentage is far from fulfilling the directives of the European Commission, so more effort is required to correctly implement the Natura 2000 Marine Network.
The declaration of new protected marine areas through the Natura 2000 Network designation will help to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable fish resources to guarantee the present and future competitiveness of the sector.
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