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Sustainability and management of the LIFE-Nature projects - ECA Special Report No 11/2009
Sep 25, 2009

In this report the European Court of Auditors analyses the Commission management of LIFE-Nature projects in terms of the sustainability of their results. The report provides details on the four main phases of a project cycle which include the selection procedure, implementation and monitoring of projects, dissemination of results and long-term management of project results. The audit involved on-the-spot visits to 35 projects in six Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and the UK) and led to recommendations for each phase to enhance the sustainability of future LIFE-Nature projects.

LIFE-Nature, a component of LIFE, co-finances projects in the Member States, mainly in relation to Natura 2000 sites, in favour of the conservation of species and habitats. Overall, the projects audited have contributed to the conservation of the targeted species and habitats, namely in the Natura 2000 sites, thus contributing to the efforts of Member States and supporting the volunteer work and commitment of EU citizens and their associations in favour of biodiversity conservation.

ECA Special Report No 11/2009