There are approximately over 4,300 LIFE projects across Europe which have been supported by the LIFE fund since 1992. This has come at a cost of over 3.4billion euro. The competition celebrates the impact of the EU LIFE funding programme and shortlisted five of the top five conservation projects over the past 25 years.
The only Irish project making the shortlist, BurrenLIFE flies the flag for Ireland.
Ireland faces stiff competition, with other shortlisted projects coming from Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain and Slovenia.
BurrenLIFE’s inclusion on the shortlist was explained by one of the judges saying it was chosen because of “‘phenomenal impact on a unique landscape…this Irish project pioneered a novel approach to farming and conservation”.
Anybody can vote for the BurrenLIFE project with a facebook vote accessible to anyone. Please help support Ireland’s BurrenLIFE at https://www.facebook.com/LIFE.programme/app/515720611858523/?app_data=entry_id%3D152248989
Voting ends on May 10th and overall winner of the award will be announced on May 30th during an awards ceremony held during the 2017 EU green week in Brussels.
The BurrenLIFE project first arose in the early 1990’s after collaborations between local farmers, the Wildlife service, and the National Parks. The Burrens has international recognition for its natural and cultural heritage and also its unique farming traditions. It has an annual budget of approximately 3 million euro, funded under the Rural development programme, which is showing huge economic benefits to the area. It is also helping to improve the environmental of one of Europe’s most beautiful habitats. The project offers local farmers innovative solutions to challenges faced in the rare habitat and also provided a blueprint for sustainable farming in the area.