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It is the time for nature – World Environment Day

05.06.2020. This year’s World Environment Day is celebrated under the slogan “It is time for nature, reflecting the desire and need of humankind to turn to nature and to coexist with nature.

The World Environment Day is marked every year on 5 June, on the anniversary of the United Nations Conference in Stockholm (1972) on the Human Environment, at which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was adopted. This day is celebrated in more than 140 countries around the world, with the aim of encouraging the citizens to act responsibly towards the Planet and to take on an active role in sustainable and uniform development.

Science data indicate that nature is at a threat due to various human activity and excessive exploitation of flora and fauna, and climate change. The focus this year is on the importance of conservation of biodiversity, because the loss of biodiversity and the collapse of the ecosystem represent one of the greatest threat to humankind in the next decade. For example, conservation of wetlands could save the insurance companies more than € 50 bn./year due to prevention and mitigation of damage from floods.

Consequently, the “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 – Bringing nature back into our lives” was adopted, setting the goals to reverse the negative trends of loss of biodiversity in the EU. Thus the European Union and Member States will become the global leaders in preserving biodiversity.

Environmental protection is one of the key segments in the Fund’s co-financing programmes. With regard to this, the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund and the Ministry of Environment and Energy provided national financing for the projects that are applying to the call for proposals under the LIFE programme in 2020. The LIFE programme is European Union’s funding instrument for promoting the development and implementation of innovative solutions to the environmental and climate change challenges. The European Commission financed the selected projects through the LIFE programme with up to 55% of eligible expenditure, except nature and biodiversity projects that are financed with up to 60%, or the maximum co-financing of up to 75% for the projects of specific activities for the conservation of priority species and habitat types set out in the EU Habitats and Birds Directives.

The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund will co-finance LIFE projects with the maximum of 50% of the remaining amount the user has to provide for the environmental, climate and nature protection projects.

More about the public call: http://www.fzoeu.hr/hr/nacionalni_javni_pozivi_i_natjecaji/