Greek LIFE Task Force - LIFE Capacity Building

A1: Preparation of the Operational Plan of the GR LIFE Contact Point

The operational plan will include: Identification of the Greek LIFE Task Force specific objectives to effectively deal with the problems and weaknesses described of the Greek LIFE applicants, organigramme, time planning and duties, job descriptions of the personnel and the external experts.

A2: Recruitment of new personnel and acquisition of the equipment required

The personnel required for strengthening the Greek LIFE Task Force structure will consist of a nature/biodiversity officer, an environment officer, a climate change officer, an environmental communication officer and a data management/GIS officer. The equipment that will be needed for the new personnel consists of laptops, printers, projectors and office equipment.

A3: Training of the Greek LIFE Task Force personnel with seminars and workshops

Training of the personnel will be implemented through seminars and workshops by “LIFE Experts”, in Greece and abroad, setting guidelines for the administrative, financial and technical issues of LIFE projects and the related priorities of the country. In addition, the training might include seminars’ and workshops’ attendance in Member States that have already established such LIFE contact points.

A4. Exchange of experience –networking with other public authorities in member states

The exchange of experience concerning administrative, financial and technical issues of public authorities during the LIFE projects’ implementation will facilitate the identification of potential difficulties and best suggested solutions and the development of a common perspective with the other Member States dealing with problems concerning the application and implementation of LIFE projects. Three trips of this kind are foreseen during the project duration.

A5: Adaptation of LIFE guidelines for stakeholders and potential beneficiaries

The guidelines should concern the administrative, financial and technical issues of LIFE projects and should be adjusted to the local conditions, defining specific problems frequently recorded in Greek LIFE projects. By giving detailed guidance of how to best treat with these issues to potential applicants, the quality of the submitted applications is expected to rise significantly.

A6: Establishment of a helpdesk and an internet platform

The internet platform will operate as an interactive and multiple layer web site, with the main objective to facilitate communication and knowledge exchange between potential applicants and project beneficiaries, that will consist of a number of complementary web pages, that will enable potential users to exchange ideas, have access to project info and training material, find potential partners, participate in mailing lists.

In parallel, a helpdesk will be operated dealing with administrative, financial and technical difficulties that applicants face. In addition, a Database will be developed and consist of biodiversity information and interesting results coming out of ongoing and past Greek LIFE projects.

A7: Promotion of best practices and dissemination of results of Greek LIFE projects

The Greek LIFE Task Force will promote the “best in class” Greek projects, the best practices resulted from these and the dissemination of their results concerning biodiversity, conservation, environment, climate change or other topics dealing with LIFE projects, aiming to assist the potential applicants and beneficiaries with new ideas and identification of the country’s priorities related to the environment and nature.

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