The LIFE Programme


The LIFE programme is the EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme:

  • LIFE I: 1992-1995
  • LIFE II: 1996-1999
  • LIFE III: 2000-2006
  • LIFE+: 2007-2013

Currently it is developing the LIFE phase (2014-2020) and LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017.

During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 4000 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment.




XXI century: From wastewater to Resource Source

Towards a new paradigm based on sustainability, where wastewater now turns into a source of energy, nutrients and simultaneously, a water resource suitable for reuse.

In this context, LIFE MEMORY project targets for the sustainable production of reusable water demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative technology: the Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (SAnMBR).


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LIFE13 ENV/ES/001353

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community