LIFE+ - the European Union environment programme

The LIFE+ Programme was the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment for the programming period 2007 to 2013. The projects supported in this period were implementing measures in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy, and information and communication on environmental issues in all EU Member States.

The LIFE+ funding programme was subdivided into three main strands:

  • LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity
  • LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance
  • LIFE+ Information and Communication.

LIFE+ Alte Donau

The LIFE+ Alte Donau project was funded under the "Environment Policy and Governance" strand, which covers innovative or pilot projects contributing to the implementation of European environmental policy and the development of innovative policy ideas, technologies, methods and instruments.

All European cities with intensively used urban bodies of water face similar challenges: growing anthropogenic pressure, climate change and other environmental influences can severely disrupt the balance of the ecosystem of a body of standing water. With its holistic approach, the LIFE+ Alte Donau project made an important and exemplary contribution to the further development of water resource governance practice and in doing so will also support several of the European Union's environment policy goals.

Legal framework

The measures implemented within the framework of the project supported both national and Europe-wide environment policy goals. The environmental objectives of the European Union are set forth in Directives and implemented by the EU Member States.

The EU Water Framework Directive

Directive 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy defines a series of quality standards. The objective of the WFD is to achieve and maintain the good ecological status of all waters, with good ecological functioning being defined for the first time as a central aim for bodies of surface water (rivers, lakes, coastal and transitional waters).

The EU Bathing Water Directive

Directive 2006/7/EC concerning the management of bathing water quality defines microbiological threshold values for bathing waters.

The EU Habitats Directive

Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora obliges the member states, inter alia, to conserve areas in which important animal species and habitats occur.

Vienna Nature Preservation Act

The Vienna Nature Preservation Act (NschVO) passed by the government of the Province of Vienna serves to protect wild plant and animal species and their habitats and designate the different types of biotope.

Further information

Logo of the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union: The word "Life" in yellow, surrounded by yellow stars

The LIFE+ Alte Donau project was funded under the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union as part of the "Environment Policy and Governance" strand.

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