MulkearLIFE was delighted to be offered the opportunity to present the work of the project to such a wide and varied audience at the EC LIFE+ Information Session in the Custom House, Dublin. The aim of the Information Session was to inform potential applicants about the LIFE+ Programme and a very large number of people attended. MulkearLIFE is extremely grateful to the EC and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ms. Breda Bailey and Mr. Brian Earley, in LIFE+ Programme National Contact point – for giving MulkearLIFE the opportunity to present and have a stand at the event.
MulkearLIFE presented on a range of practical do’s and don’t‘s at the LIFE+ application stage during the presentation as well as focusing on the work of Inland Fisheries Ireland, as coordinating project partner, and the work of the two main project partners, the Office of Public Works and Limerick County Council.
On the 26 February 2011, the European Commission published the fifth LIFE+ call for proposals, with up to €267 million available for co-financing of projects under three headings: nature and biodiversity; environment policy and governance; and information and communication. Project proposals should be sent to the relevant national authority no later than 18 July, 2011. National authorities will then send received proposals to the European Commission by 9 September, 2011. The Commission will check the outline projects against the LIFE+ eligibility criteria and will assess proposals on the basis of the LIFE+ selection and award criteria.
The National Contact Point for Ireland is:
Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government
Sustainable Development Unit
MulkearLIFE’s sister project, the CAISIE LIFE+ project, through its project manager, Ms. Shireen Sayed, also made an extremely interesting and well received presentation to the large gathering. It focused on the work of CAISIE to address the ongoing problem of aquatic invasive.