LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.
The EU has strong nature protection legislation. It revolves around the Natura 2000 network – 26 000 protected sites that make up one fifth of the EU’s land area. It is the largest such network in the world, and it offers vital protection for Europe’s most endangered species and habitats.
SAMFIX activities are important for the conservation of the Natura 2000 network insofar as it aims to develop means to contain Xylosandrus diffusion in Mediterranean forests, to counter their decline. Many of these forests at risk are part of the network and their decline would imply a significant loss of protected habitats.
The Life ASAP project (LIFE15 GIE/IT/001039) is a project co-financed by the European Union that has as objective the reduction of the introduction rate of invasive alien species (IAS) in the Italian territory and the mitigation of its impacts. In particular, Life ASAP aims to increase the awareness and the active participation of citizens regarding the problem of IAS and to promote the correct and efficient management of IAS by public entities in charge thanks to the full implementation of the European regulations in the field of invasive alien species (EU 1143/2014).
The goal of the project LIFE ARTEMIS is to contribute to the reduction of the harmful impacts of invasive alien species on biodiversity by increasing public awareness and by setting up an effective early warning and rapid response framework for invasive alien species in forests.