Complementary measures – what are they?

One of the fundamental characteristics of LIFE Integrated Projects is that they have to mobilize other (EU, national or private) funds for the financing of complementary measures or actions within the targeted plan or strategy (in NATURALIT case the Prioritised Action Framework, PAF), but outside of the LIFE Integrated Project itself.

The final goal of this process for a Nature IP is the favourable conservation status for all habitats and species.

Complementary actions should target the implementation of PAF and could take the form of:

  • Actions similar to those financed by the LIFE Integrated Project but implemented on a different geographical area (replication of IP actions).
  • Actions different from but complementary to those implemented in the framework of the LIFE Integrated Project, implemented in the same geographical area as the Integrated Project (broader range of actions in certain locations).

LIFE Integrated Projects are expected to demonstrate effective and well-coordinated implementation of the targeted plan (PAF), in particular by building up capacities and facilitating the mobilization of other funds. The IPs shall include actions to ensure project’s replicability and transferability during and after its implementation in the regions and other Member States.

NATURALIT in this case will seek to mobilize various funds (European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Horizon 2000, Interreg, Environmental Protection Support Program, etc.) to achieve strategic goals in the area of the management of Natura 2000 network.

Complementary measures and their evaluation are contractual obligations for all LIFE integrated projects.