Presentation of the LIFE+ programme and the project to restore the dynamics of Rhine alluvial habitats on Rohrschollen Island, cofunded within the framework of this programme.

What is LIFE+?

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment.

The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.

The current phase of the programme, LIFE+, runs from 2007-2013 and has a budget of €2.143 billion.

The programme has three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, and LIFE+ Information and Communication.

 

Other information

European Commission ec.europa.eu/environment/life

The project

Rohrschollen Island, situated close to Strasbourg, is representative of a special habitat in Europe: the Rhine alluvial forests. These forests are known for their profusion of plant life and their wealth of species: it is a rare ecosystem, both nationally and Europe-wide.

Sponsored by the City of Strasbourg, the project to restore the dynamics of Rhine alluvial habitats on Rohrschollen Island is funded as part of the LIFE+ Nature programme. Indeed, Rohrschollen Island presents every characteristic needed to test and demonstrate that the return of vitality based on the natural hydrological system of a large river helps to protect and perpetuate these remarkable fluvial habitats.

  • LIFE+ Nature Project No. LIFE08 NAT/F/000471
  • Acronym: Rohrschollen Island
  • Duration: 01/01/2010 – 31/12/2014
  • Beneficiary: City of Strasbourg
  • Location: Strasbourg
  • Total budget: € 2,080,000
  • European funding: € 1,040,000

The objective of this project is to restore the alluvial forests on Rohrschollen Island by constructing a water diversion structure in the southern part of the island which will help to restore a dynamic flood system, based on the hydrological rhythm of the Rhine.

It is cofunded by the Rhine-Meuse Water Authority, the Department of Bas-Rhin, DREAL Alsace, the French Electricity Authority, Region Alsace and the City of Strasbourg.

The project was launched on 12 April 2010 in the presence of the Prefect and the Mayor.

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