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Following a successful first two years of the evaluation of the proposals submitted under the LIFE programme, the European Commission has awarded the consortium led by MWH, now part of Stantec, a second contract for the evaluation of proposals submitted under LIFE, the main instrument of the European Union for environmental, climate and nature conservation projects covering all 28 Member States.

Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed over 4,000 environmental and nature conservation projects in all of the 28 Member States of the European Union, supporting the development and implementation of EU environmental and climate policy. The programme, which was recently renewed with a budget of €3.4 billion for the period between 2014 and 2020, will contribute to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy as well as the EU’s environment and climate strategies and plans. The European Commission annually receives over 1,000 proposals for projects with European added value in the field of nature and biodiversity, environment, resource efficiency as well as climate action.

The consortium led by MWH is managing the evaluation process of the LIFE programme since 2014 and has since then provided technical assistance and support to the EC for the selection of LIFE project applications. In these past two years, a total of 2392 proposals were evaluated, leading to 281 approved projects, amounting to a total of more than 421 million euro in EU funding in 28 countries.

Christophe Leroy, Managing Director at MWH in Belgium: “We are very proud to be involved in the selection of LIFEprojects; the main environmental protection initiative at EU level. Signing an extension is both a compliment and proof that we have been performing as we wanted. We look forward to the years to come and are confident we will continue to do an excellent job supporting the European Commission in the selection of the best and most cutting-edge projects to protect the environment in the European Union”

To learn more about the LIFE programme, click here.