LIFE+ is the financial instrument to support environmental policy of the European Community, adopted for the first time in 1992. The LIFE + program is divided into three major areas of action: Nature and Biodiversity, Environmental policies and government of the territory, Communication and Information.
The program funds pilot projects and innovative actions, aimed at integrating environmental protection with the land planning and sustainable development. Grants are awarded to the best projects, particularly those with high demonstration value.
Under LIFE+ Nature, conservation actions are those "necessary to maintain or restore the natural habitats and the populations of species of wild fauna and flora at a favorable status." LIFE-Nature helps to enforce Bird Directive (79/409/CEE) and Habitat Directive (92/43/CEE), particularly establishing EUwide network of nature protection areas - NATURA 2000 - promoted to manage and preserve "in situ" (in their natural environment) flora and fauna species in the most valuable habitat of European Union.
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LIFE11 ENV IT 215 ResilForMed - RESILienza al cambiamento climatico nelle FOReste MEDiterranee
Background: climatic conditions of Mediterranean region, characterized by frequent dry years, contribute to the weakening of forest ecosystems. As a result, forests reduce their production capacity, are more susceptible to degradation phenomena such as secondary parasites. In addition, the economic and social contexts may contribute to the degradation with the spread of the improper use of the resource (forest cutting, grazing) and the spread of forest fires.
Overall objective: the overall objective of the project is to preserve forest systems in a Mediterranean environment from the risks posed by climate change through naturalization processes, increased biodiversity and improved responsiveness in the recovery process, as a result of destabilizing events. The specific aim is to implement a regional forest policy to increase the resilience of forests in Sicily, improving efficiency and promoting ecosystem preservation of biodiversity.
Main actions: identification of best management models, carry out demonstration interventions on 120 hectares in 6 areas of Sicily, finalising 6 forest plans through participatory processes with local communities; implementation of the strategic guidlines tested with ResilForMed into the Regional Forest Plan.
Overall budget: 1.,559,493 Euro
LIFE+ funds: 778,871 Euro (49,944%)
PROJECT COORDINATOR - DRSRT
Regione Siciliana, Assessorato regionale dell'agricoltura, dello sviluppo rurale e della pesca mediterranea - Dipartimento Regionale dello Sviluppo Rurale e Territoriale
ASSOCIATE BENEFICARY - DREAM
D.R.E.Am. Italia soc. coop. Agricolo-Forestale
ASSOCIATE BENEFICARY - DSAF
Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento Scienze Agrarie e Forestali
ASSOCIATE BENEFICARY- CFRS
Regione Siciliana, Assessorato regionale del territorio e dell'ambiente – Comando del Corpo Forestale della Regione Siciliana