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This presentation is from the EPA's FP7 Environment National Information Day 2010. For further information, see http://www.fp7ireland.com/

This presentation is from the EPA's FP7 Environment National Information Day 2010. For further information, see http://www.fp7ireland.com/

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  • 1. FP7-Environment National Information Day 2010 EXPERIENCE AND LESSONS FROM COILLTE’S LIFE PROJECTS Philip Murphy Manager, EU Affairs 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 1 National Information Day
  • 2. COILLTE Coillte is a commercial company operating in forestry, wood panel products, land based businesses and renewable energy. Coillte employs 1,100 people and owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 7% of the land cover in Ireland. From certified forestry and forest products to world class recreation and renewable energy, Coillte manages its forests in a sustainable way. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 2 National Information Day
  • 3. COILLTE AND LIFE-NATURE COILLTE HAS IMPLEMENTED THREE LIFE-NATURE PROJECTS FROM 2002 TO 2009: LIFE02 NAT/IRL/008490 “RESTORING ACTIVE BLANKET BOG IN IRELAND” www.Irishbogrestorationproject.ie LIFE04 NAT/IE/000121 “RESTORING RAISED BOG IN IRELAND” www.raisedbogrestoration.ie LIFE05 NAT/IRL/000182 “RESTORING PRIORITY WOODLAND HABITATS IN IRELAND” www.woodlandrestoration.ie 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 3 National Information Day
  • 4. BLANKET BOG PROJECT CORE TEAM: Kevin Donnellan, Caroline White, John Conaghan, Ciara Burke, Philip Murphy & Site Managers TOTAL COST = €4.2M; LIFE AID @ 75% = €3.147M DURATION 2002-2007; 20 SITES MOSTLY IN WEST TOTAL AREA = 1989 HA TREE CROP REMOVAL = 980 HA DRAIN BLOCKING = 1550 HA FENCING = 555 HA REMOVE NATURAL REGENERATION AS NECESSARY PR/EDUCATION END-OF-PROJECT CONFERENCE 4-5 OCTOBER 2007 FINAL TECHNICAL & FINANCIAL REPORTS SUBMITTED TO EU 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 4 National Information Day
  • 5. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 5 National Information Day
  • 6. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 6 National Information Day
  • 7. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 7 National Information Day
  • 8. BLANKET BOG PROJECT MAIN POINTS TOTAL COST = €4.2M; LIFE AID @ 75% = €3.147M DURATION 1ST JULY 2002 – 31ST DECEMBER 2007 20 SITES MOSTLY IN WEST – NONE IN N3 TOTAL AREA = 1989 HA TREE CROP REMOVAL = 980 HA DRAIN BLOCKING = 1550 HA FENCING = 720 HA REMOVE NATURAL REGENERATION AS NECESSARY PR/EDUCATION END-OF-PROJECT CONFERENCE 4-5 OCTOBER 2007 FINAL TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL REPORTS TO GO July 2008 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 8 National Information Day
  • 9. RAISED BOG PROJECT CORE TEAM: Michael Delaney, Angela Wallace, John Derwin, Richard Clear, Philip Murphy & Site Managers TOTAL COST = €2.5M; LIFE AID @ 75% = €1.875M DURATION = 2004–2008; 14 SITES IN MIDLANDS TOTAL AREA = 571 HA; TREE CROP REMOVAL = 450 HA DRAIN BLOCKING = 571 HA; FENCING = 320 HA REMOVE NATURAL REGENERATION AS NECESSARY CONSULTATION TO SECURE CONTROL OF TURBARY RIGHTS PR/EDUCATION END-OF-PROJECT CONFERENCE 8-9 MAY 2008 FINAL TECHNICAL & FINANCIAL REPORTS SUBMITTED TO EU FINAL PAYMENT RECEIVED 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 9 National Information Day
  • 10. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 10 National Information Day
  • 11. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 11 National Information Day
  • 12. 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 12 National Information Day
  • 13. PRIORITY WOODLAND PROJECT CORE TEAM: Sean Quealy, Breda Lyons, Ian Herbert, Ger Daly/Michael Higgins, Philip Murphy & Site Managers TOTAL COST = €2.595M; LIFE AID @ 50% = €1.305M DURATION = 2006–2009; 9 SITES IN MIDLANDS & WEST TOTAL AREA = 550.8 HA; CLONBUR 292.9 HA FOUR HABITAT TYPES – ALLUVIAL – BOG – YEW – LIMESTONE PAVEMENT REMOVE EXOTIC TREES/SHRUBS & ENCOURAGE REGENERATION OF NATIVES REMOVE NATURAL REGENERATION AS NECESSARY PUT IN PLACE CONDITIONS WHICH WOULD ALLOW PRIORITY WOODLAND TO REGENERATE IN FUTURE YEARS PR/EDUCATION END-OF-PROJECT CONFERENCE 6-7 OCTOBER 2009 FINAL TECHNICAL & FINANCIAL REPORTS SUBMITTED TO EU FINAL PAYMENT AWAITED – 10 MONTHS IS SAID TO BE TYPICAL, CAN BE LONGER 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 13 National Information Day
  • 14. PRIORITY WOODLAND HABITATS Alluvial woodland Bog woodland Limestone pavement Yew woodland 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 14 National Information Day
  • 15. THIS PRESENTATION LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS MANAGERIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LESSONS – WIDER INTEREST RATHER THAN TECHNICAL LESSONS - NARROWER INTEREST 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 15 National Information Day
  • 16. CONSISTENT APPROACH WE HAD NO PARTNERS – MUCH EASIER TO MANAGE INFORMAL CORE TEAM – DAY TO DAY WORK FORMAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT GROUP – MEETING QUARTERLY WIDER PROJECT ADVISORY PANEL – MEETING YEARLY 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 16 National Information Day
  • 17. CORE TEAM PROJECT MANAGER – HALF TIME PR/ADMIN MANAGER – FULL TIME PROJECT ECOLOGIST – PART TIME PROJECT ACCOUNTANT – PART TIME EU LIAISON (MANAGER, EU AFFAIRS) – PART TIME SITE MANAGERS – PART TIME 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 17 National Information Day
  • 18. PROJECT ACCOUNTANT MUST: BE INTERESTED, CAPABLE, ORGANISED BE COMFORTABLE WITH EXCEL ARRANGE FOR TIMESHEETS, COST CENTRES AND COST CODES PROVIDE MONTHLY AND QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORTS TO PM AND PMG PROVIDE VERY DETAILED FINANCIAL INTERIM AND FINAL REPORTS TO EU - BE AWARE 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 18 National Information Day
  • 19. KEY POINTS CONTINUOUSLY REVIEW DELIVERABLES, MILESTONES, DEADLINES, FINANCES ORGANISE AND HOST AN ANNUAL VIST BY THE COMMISSION’S EXTERNAL MONITORING TEAM (MAY INCLUDE A ONCE-OFF VISIT BY THE COMMISSION’S TECHNICAL & FINANCIAL DESK OFFICERS) PREPARE AND SUBMIT STANDARDISED ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORTS – TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 19 National Information Day
  • 20. RELATIONSHIPS LIFE DESK OFFICERS EXTERNAL MONITOR SEEK ADVICE, THEN TAKE IT! NATIONAL COMPETENT AUTHORITIES CONSULTATION 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 20 National Information Day
  • 21. LEAD-IN TIME EVEN IF APPROVED IN AUGUST START-UP NEXT 1ST JANUARY USE THE TIME TO ASSEMBLE YOUR CORE TEAM AND INVITE EXTERNAL REPS FOR PMG & PAP APPLY FOR ANY PERMITS OR LICENCES NEEDED FROM STATE AGENCIES HIT THE GROUND RUNNING 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 21 National Information Day
  • 22. EXPERIENCE AND LESSONS STRATEGIC HABITAT BENEFITS LANDSCAPE BENEFITS DEVELOPMENT OF EXPERTISE IN WRITING FUNDING APPLICATIONS & REPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF EXPERTISE IN HABITAT RESTORATION DEVELOPMENT OF EXPERTISE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PR 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 22 National Information Day
  • 23. WE MUST HAVE BEEN DOING SOMETHING RIGHT LIFE04 RAISED BOG – SELECTED BY EU/MEMBER STATES AS AMONG 23 BEST IN EUROPE FINISHED/REVIEWED IN 2009 LIFE05 PRIORITY WOODLAND – NATIONAL WINNER IRELAND 2009 FOR THE UN- AFFILIATED ENERGY GLOBE AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 23 National Information Day
  • 24. VALUE OF LIFE-NATURE HAS AIDED COILLTE’S NATURE CONSERVATION PROGRAMME 3,000HA OF PRIORITY HABITATS RESTORED HAS CHANGED HOW COILLTE VIEWS THE MANAGEMENT OF PRIORITY HABITATS HAS DEMONSTRATED HOW MUCH MORE COULD BE DONE ON COILLTE’S ESTATE AND ELSEWHERE IN IRELAND SINCERE THANKS TO LIFE PROGRAMME 6 October 2010 FP7-Environment 24 National Information Day