Since 1992, the LIFE Program has been the only financial instrument of the European Union dedicated exclusively to the environment. The general objective of the LIFE Program for the period 2004-2020 is to contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of the objectives and goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the relevant strategies and plans of the Union in the field of environment and climate. This is intended to catalyze changes in the development and implementation of policies by providing solutions and best practices to achieve environmental and climate objectives, as well as by promoting innovative technologies in the field of environment and climate change. Supporting, likewise, the application of the General Environment Program of the Union until 2020 "Living well, respecting the limits of our planet".
The LIFE Program is divided into two subprograms with three priority areas each.
a,. Climate Change Mitigation
b.- Nature and Biodiversity
c.- Governance and Environmental Information
Climate Action Subprogram
a.- Climate Change Mitigation
b.- Adaptation to Climate Change
c.- Governance and Climate Information
The LIFE Program is managed by the European Commission, through the authorities of each of the member states.