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Oxfordshire eco schemes given EU cash injection

Two Oxfordshire environmental projects have welcomed multi-million pound EU investment, it was announced today (Thursday, July 4).

key_europhile.pngThe European Commission has approved funding for nine UK environment and climate projects worth a total of £19.2 million as part of its LIFE scheme.

It includes conservation work by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and improved early warning systems to fight tree-killing diseases, such as Ash Dieback.

Catherine Bearder, an MEP for Oxfordshire, said: "This funding will help to protect our environment, promote biodiversity and help the UK's transition to a greener, low-carbon economy."

The grants will help scientists at the University of Oxford create NaturEtrade - an 'eBay for ecosystems'.

The web-based platform will allow landowners to assess the ecological potential of an area and then trade services provided.

Meanwhile, money will also help develop programmes at Banbury-based WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).

The aim is to help businesses become more resource efficient and will deliver 10 schemes with major organisations and 20 with smaller companies.

Catherine added: "It's great to see projects in my constituency getting this funding boost and I would encourage other organisations to consider applying for LIFE money in the future."

A link to the full list of LIFE programme grants http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-643_en.htm

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