Restoring Raised Bog in Ireland
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EU Life Programme


LIFE Programme

The Life Programme is a financial instrument for the environment which spearheads the European Union’s Environmental Policy to co-finance projects in three areas:

  • LIFE-Nature - aimed at conservation projects (Raised Bog habitat falls into this category)
  • LIFE-Environment - aimed at projects which demonstrate and develop new methods for the protection and enhancement of the environment.
  • LIFE-Third Countries - aimed at projects promoting sustainable development in third world countries.

Since LIFE Funding was introduced in 1992, it has had three phases,1,807 million euros have been allocated.

In total, LIFE supported 2,751 projects from 1992 to 2006, including:
  • 970 LIFE-Nature projects
  • 1,552 LIFE-Environment projects
  • and 227 LIFE-Third Countries projects

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The specific objective of LIFE-Nature is to contribute to the implementation of community nature protection legislation; the Birds Directive (79/409/EEC) and the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), and in particular the establishment of the “Natura 2000” network for the in situ management and conservation of Europe’s most remarkable fauna and flora species and habitats.

All SAC’s (Special Areas of Conservation) are being given a Natura 2000 Code. All countries of the E.U. are working together through the Natura 2000 network, to safeguard Europe’s rich and diverse natural heritage for the benefit of all.

For the period 2007 to 2013 the new LIFE+ Programme has been introduced.

Click here to visit the LIFE - Nature website

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Coillte and LIFE-Nature Projects

Coillte have received E.U funds for two other LIFE Projects. The first titled “Restoring Active Blanket Bog in Ireland” (LIFE02 NAT/IRL/8490) which ran from 2002 – 2007. For more details see the project website which is

The second titled “Restoring Priority Woodland Habitats in Ireland” (LIFE05 NAT/IRL/000182) which runs from 2006 – 2009. For more details see the project website which is:


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