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Vote for your favourite LIFE green city project.

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On 23 May 2018 the LIFE Awards will celebrate the most successful projects from the LIFE programme, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects.

There are four categories: nature conservation and biodiversity, environmental technologies and solutions, climate action, and the people’s choice.

The People’s Choice Award is where you can vote for any of the nominated six green city projects.

The six projects are:

URBANCOWS, Estonia: the project restored the conservation status of boreal Baltic coastal meadows and coastal lagoons, as well as the characteristic species of these habitats, in the Pärnu Coastal Meadow Nature Reserve Natura 2000 network site.

PEHRT, Italy: How can people and goods move within historic towns in a more sustainable way? The PERHT project reduced traffic congestion in small and mid-sized towns like Treviso, for example, by setting up green urban mobility hubs.

Climate Proofing Housing Landscapes, UK: The project worked with local residents to design and implement climate change adaptation measures in London Borough of Hammersmith, making social housing fit for the future.

EKO-LIFE, Austria: Although many people are aware of environmental problems, individual contribution to CO2 emissions remains very high. The project addressed the environmental consequences of global warming and our lifestyles, particularly related to nutrition and mobility.

Clean Air, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Poland: Every day, a person breathes in about 15,000 litres of air. Besides the essential oxygen, a lot of dangerous pollutants end up in people’s lungs. Any reduction in air pollution contributes significantly both to general health and to climate protection – in the end cleaner air means better quality of life.

AIRUSE, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK: Air pollution is a major environmental and health problem. The project identified cost-effective measures for ensuring better air quality in southern European cities such as Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece), Toscana (Italy), Porto (Portugal) and West Midlands (UK).

The deadline for voting is 25 April 2018.

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Annual compilations of LIFE environmental programmes published

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LIFE is the EU’s financial mechanism supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects in the EU.  The successful projects for last year fall into four categories.  Click on the links below to find out more.

One of the supported projects is TRiFOCAL London Transforming City Food Habits for Life on ways to promote a reduction in food waste.

The European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library receives some LIFE publications in hard copy.  Recent titles include: