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 LIFE National Contact Point
 356 2292 6235

 Mekonen Birhane Mekonen
      Research Officer
 356 2292 6314
 356 2292 6235




Increase LIFE! – Life14 CAP/MT/000005

The LIFE programme introduced action grants for capacity-building projects for the 2014-2017 funding period. These are projects designed to build Member States' capacity to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme. Specifically, these projects propose interventions to develop the capacity to submit successful applications for funding for projects under the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action. Member States that meet the criteria may each receive funding of up to one million Euros for one capacity-building project. Only national level public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE in an eligible Member State in the European Union may apply for capacity-building projects.

Since the LIFE Programme’s inception, Malta has only benefitted from 12 projects. However, Malta's current status in European Structural and Investment Funds as a transitional region means that programmes such as LIFE are increasingly important as the programme provides the resources and ability required to improve and protect our environment therefore greening our economy and our society. Through the Increase LIFE! Project, MSDEC aims to enhance the capacity of Malta's LIFE Unit by recruiting and providing training to existing and new personnel in order to better support prospective applicants in their submission and ensuring value added of Maltese LIFE projects to Malta and the EU.

The main objectives of the project are to: 
Increase Malta's participation in the LIFE Programme;
  • Build a structured LIFE Unit to ensure a co-ordinated structure for the LIFE Programme, to improve communication with all stakeholders and to better promote the LIFE Programme);
  • Train personnel (both internally and in the offices of other Government departments and entities) to more effectively fulfil their duties in terms of environment policy implementation, as well as ensuring that the added value of LIFE projects is achieved;
  • Develop an awareness-raising campaign, based on an effective communication strategy that targets the right audience; and
  • Establish enhanced communication between policy development and LIFE Programme implementation. The LIFE National Contact Point (NCP) will be working closely with personnel responsible for EU policy and implementation of policy with regards to environment and climate change in order to determine gaps in policy implementation.

Expected results:​

  • A qualitative study to identify the reasons behind the low uptake of LIFE projects in Malta in the period 2007-13;
  • A better structured LIFE Unit;
  • Training of new and existing personnel, with all the training courses, both technical and generic, resulting in a better informed, more prepared and proactive group of officials;
  • Better dissemination and awareness of the LIFE Programme in Malta, based on an effective communication strategy;
  • Higher EU added-value and a better quality of LIFE project proposal writing;
  • More uptake of LIFE funding, particularly targeting EU Directives’ obligations; and
  • More collaboration with the LIFE NCPs of other EU Member States.