The LIFE programme is the EU’s main 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 since that time has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. Find more information about the LIFE programme on the website.
In line with Framework Contract EASME LIFE 2017/028 concluded between the European Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), Stantec and Agreco, independent technical experts are sought to evaluate proposals received under the LIFE Programme.
This call is open to experts of any nationality with a high level of professional expertise in any of the fields listed below. All technical experts should be fluent in English (at least C1 level in the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages) and in at least one other EU official language and have previous experience in assessing and/or managing EU projects. Skills to evaluate the business implications of Close to Market projects are an asset.
- Relevant educational background (e.g. natural sciences, biology, ecology etc.) and a proven professional experience in nature conservation in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union of at least 4 years, and;
- Proven experience in evaluating or managing projects in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Nature and Biodiversity.
Specialisms in the following Nature thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Improvement of the conservation status of habitat types or species of Community Interest under the EU Birds and Habitats directives, targeting Natura 2000 sites proposed or designated for these habitat types or species;
- Improvement of the habitat types or species of Community Interest, provided, their status is not ‘favourable/secure and not declining’ or ‘unknown’, and;
- Implementing the marine component of the Habitats and Birds Directives and related provisions under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, with a focus on: national inventories of offshore marine sites; preparation and implementation of site management plans; addressing conflicts between conservation needs and local fishing / other economic activities and sustainable use of natural resources, and; approaches to assess or monitor the impact of human activities on the status of these sites to support the implementation of concrete conservation measures.
Specialisms in the following Biodiversity thematic areas are particularly sought:
- Development and implementation of Green Infrastructure Plans and actions to improve ecosystems and the services that they provide and/or the connectivity between Natura 2000 sites and/or other protected areas;
- Development and application of Green Infrastructure-related widely replicable methods and/or techniques that effectively mitigate the negative impacts of energy or transport infrastructure on biodiversity by enhancing connectivity;
- Development and application of tools aimed at integrating biodiversity into financial and business decisions so as to ensure, through the conservation and restoration of biodiversity carried out during a project, no net loss of biodiversity and/or enhanced income delivering ecosystem services;
- Actions targeting threatened species or habitats that are not included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive but have a status of ‘endangered’ or worse in the European species or habitats Red Lists or, for those species not covered by the European Red Lists, in the IUCN Red List, and;
- Addressing Invasive Alien Species (IAS) by testing and implementing plans, within technical, legal and /or administrative frameworks, that seek to (i) prevent the introduction of IAS, (ii) establish an early detection and rapid eradication system, and then (iii) eradicating, controlling or containing established IAS.