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Awareness raising & application quality improvement of the LIFE program in Estonia

Reference: LIFE14 CAP/EE/000009 | Acronym: AwaRaEst LIFE

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The LIFE programme introduced action grants for capacity-building projects for the 2014-2017 funding period. These are projects designed to build Member States' capacity to participate more effectively in the LIFE programme. Specifically, these projects propose interventions to develop capacity to submit successful applications for funding for projects under the sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action. Member States that meet the criteria may each receive funding of up to one million euros for one capacity-building project. Only national-level public bodies responsible for implementation of LIFE in an eligible Member State in the European Union may apply for capacity-building projects.


OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the AwaRaEst LIFE project were to raise overall awareness about the LIFE programme in Estonia, improve the quality of applications for LIFE funding and provide specific information about the opportunities it offers, and exploit LIFE results for replication, policy uptake or integration into economic activities and other programmes. The project aimed to organise regular Information Days around the country to make the LIFE programme more visible among potential Estonian applicants and public sector officials, and to organise training courses in different regions to improve application quality. Networking and educational events will inform potential applicants about LIFE project management, how to find co-funding, and to effectively communicate with the public sector. The project will establish a helpdesk service (with a target of 30 draft proposals consulted), a new website and a support platform, to disseminate LIFE information. Activities aimed at encouraging communication between different stakeholders on a private, non-governmental and governmental level, will in the future translate to a better synergy between the stakeholders and translate into economic and political actions.


RESULTS

All AwaRaEst project actions were carried out as planned and the targets reached, in terms of the number of LIFE project proposals submitted and approved that involved Estonian coordinating and associated beneficiaries.

The project was foreseen to last for 2 years (2016-2017) but was prolonged for 9 months until the end of September 2018 to better enforce its key objectives, namely, to increase the visibility of the LIFE programme in Estonia and to support applicants in writing good-quality proposals.

The number of LIFE programme National Contact Point (NCP) staff was increased by six, as a result of the project. A training programme was organised for the new staff, whose responsibilities covered foreign financing, resource efficiency, waste management, climate, water, forestry and nature conservation. To raise the awareness of new and existing NCP officials, the project organised three study trips to Member States (Finland, Spain and the UK) that have successfully implemented the LIFE programme. In addition, one internal study trip to financed LIFE projects in Estonia was organised for 29 officials. The project held 16 Information Days for those interested in applying for LIFE funding in Estonia. Together with Resource Efficiency Information Days (financed by the European Regional Development Fund), more than 550 persons were reached.

A LIFE booklet and video were produced during the project. The booklet was updated in 2018. The project team organised 6 workshops on the preparation of applications for funding and LIFE project management, with 92 participants attending. In addition, a competent and responsive helpdesk was established.

The project team created an Estonian LIFE website, which will continue until at least 2023, while a Facebook campaign andAll AwaRaEst project actions were carried out as planned and the targets reached, in terms of the number of LIFE project proposals submitted and approved that involved Estonian coordinating and associated beneficiaries.

The project was foreseen to last for 2 years (2016-2017) but was prolonged for 9 months until the end of September 2018 to better enforce its key objectives, namely, to increase the visibility of the LIFE programme in Estonia and to support applicants in writing good-quality proposals.

The number of LIFE programme National Contact Point (NCP) staff was increased by six, as a result of the project. A training programme was organised for the new staff, whose responsibilities covered foreign financing, resource efficiency, waste management, climate, water, forestry and nature conservation. To raise the awareness of new and existing NCP officials, the project organised three study trips to Member States (Finland, Spain and the UK) that have successfully implemented the LIFE programme. In addition, one internal study trip to financed LIFE projects in Estonia was organised for 29 officials. The project held 16 Information Days for those interested in applying for LIFE funding in Estonia. Together with Resource Efficiency Information Days (financed by the European Regional Development Fund), more than 550 persons were reached.

A LIFE booklet and video were produced during the project. The booklet was updated in 2018. The project team organised 6 workshops on the preparation of applications for funding and LIFE project management, with 92 participants attending. In addition, a competent and responsive helpdesk was established.

The project team created an Estonian LIFE website, which will continue until at least 2023, while a Facebook campaign and

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE14 CAP/EE/000009
Acronym: AwaRaEst LIFE
Start Date: 01/01/2016
End Date: 30/09/2018
Total Budget: 344,960 €
EU Contribution: 326,000 €
Project Location:
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CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: Keskkonnaministeerium
Legal Status: PUBLIC
Address: Narva mnt 7a, 15172, Tallinn, Estonia Eesti
Contact Person: Allan TAMME
Email: Allan.Tamme@envir.ee
Tel: +3726262965
Fax: +372 626 2801


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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

KEYWORDS

  • environmental training

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
Keskkonnaministeerium Coordinator
None Participant

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