The Biodiversity for Life flagship initiative, set up under the European Commission’s Global Public Goods and Challenges thematic programme 2014-2020, aims to ensure that ecosystems and biodiversity conservation are properly integrated into strategies for poverty alleviation and socio-economic development.

The B4Life Facility was set to provide technical assistance to staff in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), to EU Delegations and to government officials in developing countries.

The Facility aims to:

  • Increase the quality and coherence of programmes and projects targeting ecosystems, biodiversity and climate change;
  • Improve the visibility of these actions;
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge in order to raise understanding of the fundamental links between healthy ecosystems and biodiversity conservation, and socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

The B4Life Facility supports DG DEVCO Unit C2 (Environment, Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Wildlife) and responds to requests for support from DEVCO Geographic Units and/or EU Delegations in partner countries.

It provides support via its in-house experts (two thematic specialists, one communication expert) or by mobilising short-term expertise as a function of Unit C2’s priorities. The Facility is also developing a knowledge-sharing component designed to update existing training opportunities to integrate themes linking biodiversity and development

The B4Life Facility Technical Assistance is implemented by the consortium Agreco, MDF, ICF International.