EC Consultations on LIFE+ and Natura 2000

The European Commission has launched two online consultations in the field of environment.
The first consultation, LIFE+, is on the next financial instrument for the environment, which will succeed the LIFE+ instrument after its expiry at the end of 2013.
National, regional and local administrations, environmental stakeholders, the private sector, and the general public are invited to give their views.
The consultation consists of 19 questions, available in six EU languages and will be open until 15 February 2011.

The second consultation, on financing Natura 2000, asks if the approach taken so far has been adequate for the effective implementation of the network, and looks for ways to enhance the successes to date. The views of public authorities, the private sector, environmental stakeholders and interested citizens are sought. The consultation consists of 10 questions, although open answers and comments are also welcome.
Natura 2000, the cornerstone of EU biodiversity policy, is the biggest interconnected network of protected areas in the world. It now covers nearly 18% of the EU’s terrestrial area.
The consultation, which is available in six languages, will be open until 17 February 2011.