The KerryLIFE Project

KerryLIFE is a partnership project between the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Forest Service, South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd, Coillte, Teagasc and Pobal.  The project partners will work collectively and collaboratively as part of the Project Management Group to steer and guide the work of the Project Team as it pursues delivery of the KerryLIFE project measures and actions.

Reflecting individual organisational scope and the diverse range of knowledge and expertise therein, particular roles and responsibilities are outlined as follows:

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Department is the Coordinating Beneficiary on the project and provides the legislative and policy framework for the conservation of nature and biodiversity in Ireland.  The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is the coordinating beneficiary on the KerryLIFE project and will

  • coordinate delivery of the KerryLIFE contract and support the technical and administrative processes.
  • provide advice in relation to national biodiversity policy and the ecological requirements of habitats and species including in particular the freshwater pearl mussel.
  • support the development of coherent and meaningful conservation practices for freshwater pearl mussel through engagement with all relevant KerryLIFE stakeholders.

Further information on the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the National Parks and Wildlife Service can be found www.ahg.gov.ie or www.npws.ie

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The Nitrates, Biodiversity and Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is an Associated Beneficiary of the project and will

  • provide an agri-environment policy perspective and, in particular, a general understanding of the cross-compliance process and the integration of environmental legislation into Pillar 1 of the CAP, and the role of Pillar 2 RDP in delivering agri-environmental objectives
  • support efforts to raise awareness of the vulnerability of the FPM species as well as the strategy and measures for conservation, locally and nationally.

Further information on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine can be found www.agriculture.gov.ie

Forest Service

The Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is Ireland’s national forest service and is an Associated Beneficiary of the project.  The Forest Service will provide the KerryLIFE project with

  • advice on forestry and agri-envionmental policy and its interaction with biodiversity policy.
  • support in the development of coherent and meaningful forestry- and agriculture-related conservation practices for freshwater pearl mussel through engagement with all relevant KerryLIFE stakeholders.
  • specialist technical inputs to relevant actions and development of appropriate After-LIFE measures.

Further information on the Forest Service can be found at www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd is a local development company working to promote and assist the development of sustainable vibrant communities in South Kerry and to improve the quality of life of people living there through the provision of social and economic opportunities. SKDP is an Associated Beneficiary and will provide the KerryLIFE project with

  • advice on forestry and agri-envionmental practices and socio-economic considerations in South Kerry as they may relate to biodiversity policy.
  • support the development of coherent and meaningful forestry- and agriculture-related conservation practices for freshwater pearl mussel through engagement with all relevant KerryLIFE stakeholders.
  • support the socio-economic and value-added elements of the project.
  • specialist inputs to relevant actions and development of appropriate After-LIFE measures.

Coillte Teo

Coillte Teoranta is Ireland’s leading forestry company and is an Associated Beneficiary of the KerryLIFE project and will provide

  • advice on forestry policies and practices and potential interactions with biodiversity policy.
  • support the development of coherent and meaningful forestry-related conservation practices for freshwater pearl mussel through engagement with all relevant KerryLIFE stakeholders.
  • provide specialist technical inputs to relevant actions and development of appropriate After-LIFE measures.

Further information on Coillte can be found at www.coillte.ie

Teagasc

Teagasc is an Associated Beneficiary of the KerryLIFE project and will provide

  • advice (in addition to DAFM) on agri-enviornmental policy and its interaction with biodiversity policy.
  • supervise PhD, select academic supervisor, and ensure quality and project-relevance of associated research.
  • farmer advice and demonstration events for both forestry and agriculture.
  • assist local and national dissemination of material from the KerryLIFE project.

Further information on Teagasc can be found at www.teagasc.ie

Pobal

Pobal was established in 1992 to contribute to positive social and economic change in Ireland by supporting the most disadvantaged people in Irish society.  Pobal is an Associated Beneficiary of the KerryLIFE project and will

  • administer the involvement of the Rural Social Scheme participants who will contribute to the KerryLIFE project.
  • provide advice to the project team on delivering sustainable rural development

For more information on Pobal and the programmes we manage can be found at www.pobal.ie

The KerryLIFE Supporters

During the preparation of the KerryLIFE funding application a number of important organizations in the area provided letters of support to the KerryLIFE project.  These organizations include:

Kerry County Council

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Environmental Protection Agency

Woodlands of Ireland

Irish Farmers Association (Kerry Branch)

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association

Ring of Kerry Quality Lamb Cooperative Society Ltd.

Heritage Council