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LIFE Awards ceremony with Commissioner Sinkevičius

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The LIFE Awards are a yearly celebration of the most successful projects implemented under the LIFE programme. The LIFE Programme is an EU funding instrument for the environment and climate action, created in 1992. Since then, it has financed more than 5,500 projects in the field of environmental protection. The European Commission has revealed the nine finalists in this year’s LIFE Awards. Check them out below!

A hybrid ceremony announcing the winners is scheduled for 6 June at 17.30h CEST, featuring the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius, and CINEA Acting-Director, Mrs Paloma Aba Garrote.

In addition, the LIFE Awards jury members will help us choose the best projects:

  • Mihail Kõlvart, Mayor of Tallinn, European Green Capital 2023 – Website
  • Eleonora de Sabata, marine journalist and photographer, communications manager of Clean Sea LIFE - LIFE Awards 2022 Environment and Citizens’ Prize winner – Twitter, Website 
  • Tony Rinaudo, agriculturalist and natural resources advisor at World Vision Australia, known as The Forest Maker – Twitter, Website 

On top of that, the LIFE Citizens’ Prize allows everyone to vote for their preferred project online. The LIFE Awards 2023 Citizens’ Prize vote will open by the end of April. Stay tuned! 

More announcements on this year’s ceremony will follow soon, so be sure to keep an eye on the LIFE website and LIFE communication channels for updates. 

LIFE Awards 2023 finalists 


  • LIFE Luchs Pfälzerwald: Reintroduction of lynxes in the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve 
  • LIFE IAS Free Habitats: Improving and maintaining the conservation status of three of the rarest and most vulnerable natural forest and grassland habitat types in Bulgaria 
  • LIFE Lech: Conserving the natural dynamics of the Lech river system and surrounding riparian landscapes 


  • LIFE TECMINEImproving mine restoration activities in Mediterranean forest areas by testing innovative and highly transferable restoration techniques 
  • LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV: Changing attitudes to food waste in Hungary 
  • LIFE Plants for Plants: Introducing new organic biostimulants into conventional agriculture 


  • LIFE METRO ADAPT: Mainstreaming climate change adaptation strategies and measures in the new territorial plan of the Metropolitan City of Milan 
  • LIFE Peat Restore: Reducing CO2 emissions by restoring degraded peatlands in Northern European Lowland
  • U-MOB LIFECreating a European Network for Sustainable Mobility at Universities, with 85 members from 11 countries 
  • environmental protection
  • Tuesday 6 June 2023, 17:45 - 18:45 (CEST)
  • Brussels, Belgium

Practical information

Tuesday 6 June 2023, 17:45 - 18:45 (CEST)
Charlemagne building, GASPERI room
Brussels, Belgium