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1 The NFEP as a co-financier of EU funded nature projects Andrzej Muter Head of EU Projects Unit National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFEP) Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r.

2 Contents NFEP as a pillar of the Polish environmental financial system Advising and co-financing Results of our efforts Examples of projects A few figures as a summary

3 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Environmental Protection Funds - National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFEP) - Voivodeship Funds for Environmental Protection and Water Management - Poviat and Gmina Funds for Environmental Protection and Water Management until 2009 Foreign assistance, including that of the European Union BOŚ and other banks Funds of enterprises, self-government and budget units State budget and budgets of the voivodeships Other (agencies, foundations, private funds) NFEP as a pillar of Polish…

4 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. NFEP as a pillar of Polish… State dedicated fund, established to ensure the efficiency of the system of states environmental policy funding as well as full utilisation of non- returnable funds allocated to environmental protection and water management by the EU Established on July 15 th, 1989 (22 years of experience) Over 550 employees

5 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. NFEP as a pillar of Polish… Importance of the NFEP for the national economy

6 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Subsidies for scrapping and dismantling end-of-life vehicles Prizes Capital investments Forgiveness Credit interest rate subsidies Credit extended by banks with the use of NFEP&WM funds Investment and non-investment subsidies Experts reports and scientific and research work Environmental education Geology Mining industry Prevention of natural disasters States Monitoring of the Environment Forestry Protection of nature and landscape Protection of land surface Protection of air and climate Water protection and water management Investment loans Financing broken down by typeFinancing broken down by area Forms and areas of financing Bridge loans Partial repayment of loan capital* Interest rate or bonds price redemption subsidies* * since 2010 NFEP as a pillar of Polish…

7 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. NFEP as a pillar of Polish… Revenue structure of the National Fund in 2010 Fees and penalties for the use of environment 17% Use fees and concession fees 10% Fees resulting from the Act on recycling of end-of-life vehicles 15% Substitution fees and penalties originating in the Energy Law 31% Other contributions and fees 0,6% Other revenues 12% Revenues from the sale of the allocated greenhouse gas and other particles emission units 14% Subsidies from the State budget 0,4%

8 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Structure of fund disbursements by the National Fund together with the transfer of European funds in 2010 Project implemented with no European funds involved 20% Project implemented with the involvement of European funds 80% Protection of water and water management 75% Protection of air 6% Other 12% Protection of the surface of land 7% NFEP as a pillar of Polish…

9 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. NFEP as a pillar of Polish… Financial data (2010): Revenues: M PLN (582 M ) Disbursement: M PLN (1 391 M ) including disbursement of EU funds: M PLN (825 M )

10 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Foreign resources managed by the NFEP after Polands accession to the EU Cohesion Fund and the Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre- Accession (ISPA) in the perspective 2004 – 2006 Structural Funds in the perspective 2004 – 2006 European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (environmental priorities) in the years 2007 – 2013 NCP for LIFE+ (from 5 th September 2008) M 148 M 135 M M 87 M NFEP as a pillar of Polish…

11 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Advising and co-financing 5 th September 2008 NFEP takes a role of National Implementing Agency (NIP) and National Contact Point (NCP) for LIFE+ 8 th February 2009 NFEP becomes co-financier of V th axis (nature protection) of Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment

12 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Advising and co-financing LIFE+ Information functions Informing through mass media about deadlines of yearly calls for applications, rules and places for submission of LIFE+applications and about rules when applying for NFEP co-financing of LIFE+ projects. Running webpage Publishing on the webpage the national annual priorities prepared yearly by the Ministry of Environment. Preparation and distribution of informational materials, guidelines, including translations of EU broschures) etc. Organisation of conferences and workshops for applicants and beneficiaries (6 – 7 events in a year). Presentation of the LIFE+ Financial Instrument an d co-financing posibilities on conferences organised by other bodies.

13 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Advising and co-financing LIFE+ Coordination functions R o utine co-operation with poten t ial LIFE+ applicants, including phone and face to face consultation s o n prepared proposals; Formal evaluation of LIFE+ proposals, after the deadline published by the EU, and informing the applicants about the possibility of corrrection; Passing all proposals received to the European Commision; Participation in LIFE+ committee meetings, LIFE+ working groups and other meetin g s concerning LIFE+ Financial Instrument. Preparation of commments on proposals and submitting them to the European Commision.

14 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Advising and co-financing LIFE+ Financial functions Co-financing of LIFE+ projects -evaluation of applications for NFEP co-financing, -granting promise of co-financing – and filling in A6 form of LIFE+ application (with to be confirmed status), - granting of co-financing – and filling in A6 form of LIFE+ application (with confirmed status). Co-financing rate: - up to 45 % of the total eligible cost (when EU financing is up to 50%) - up to 35 % of the total eligible cost (when EU financing is up to 60%) - up to 20 % of the total eligible cost (when EU financing is up to 75%) EU + NFEP financing = up to 95 % of the total eligible cost

15 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Advising and co-financing Co-financing of V th axis nature projects - evaluation of applications for NFEP co-financing, - participation in evaluation group – working pannel, - co-financing on the basis of an agreement signed with the Beneficiary. Co-financing rate: - up to 15 % of the total eligible cost (when EU financing is up to 85%)

16 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Results of our efforts No. of Polish LIFE+ Applications

17 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Results of our efforts No. and EU budget of LIFE+ Applications number volumen (EU aid in M )

18 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Results of our efforts No and EU budget of LIFE+ projects selected (EU aid in M ) number volumen

19 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Results of our efforts LIFE+ projects volumen Value of NFEP financing Value of EU financing Value of LIFE+ projects implemented in M 0,4 M 13,9 M 36,2 M 55,2 M 0,0 M 4,3 M 14,5 M 23,1 M 0,2 M8,8 M 22,4 M 31,8 M

20 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Project No LIFE09 NAT/PL/ Biomass use for Aquatic Warblers PROJECT LOCATION: Eastern Poland BUDGET INFO: Total amount: EUR % EC Co-funding: 75% PROJECTS IMPLEMENTORS: Coordinating Beneficiary: Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków (OTOP) Associated Beneficiary(ies): Grun-Pal Sp. z o.o.; P.P.U.H. Carex; FUT Przemysław Zelent; SMB Mariusz Adamczewski; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). DURATION: 01/09/ /08/2014 Examples of projects

21 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. BACKGROUND and AIMS: Problem targeted: Aquatic Warbler habitats (fen mires and wet meadow) loss and degradation. The goal of the project: to secure ongoing Aquatic Warbler habitat management through economically viable systems for the use of biomass that arises from this activity. Key objectives: 1) Area of suitable habitat for the Aquatic Warbler in Eastern Poland increased and its quality improved 2) Innovative systems for the use of biomass from Aquatic Warbler sites set-up, improved and tested. MAIN EU POLICY(IES) TARGETED: EU Species Action Plan for the Aquatic Warbler; Bonn Convention for Migratory Species of Animals (CMS). Examples of projects

22 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. MAIN ACTIVITIES: Restoration or improvment of Aquatic Warbler (AW) habitat through manual and mechanical bush removal and mowing with modern prototype technology. Estabilishment of biomass facilities (3 new, 2 existing improved) to solve the problem of use of the harvested biomass from current and potential Aquatic Warbler breeding areas. Arrangement of recurring management, for existing and restored habitats, supproted by agri-environmental schemes and the potential profits from use of biomass as alternative fuel. EXPECTED RESULTS: Incease of the area occupied by AW (by 550 ha), habitats quality and AW numer (by 2,5% of EU population). AW habitats management secured on over ha. Biomass from AW areas utilized in 5 biomass facilities. Examples of projects

23 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Project No LIFE09 NAT/PL/ Restoration of the hydrological system in the Middle Basin of the Biebrza Valley. Phase I. PROJECT LOCATION: Biebrza National Park BUDGET INFO:Total amount: Euro % EC Co-funding: 50 % Coordinating Beneficiary: Biebrza National Park DURATION: Start: 01/09/10 - End: 30/12/16 MAIN EXPECTED RESULTS: Change of water regime flow in the system Kanał Woźnawiejski – Jegrznia river (increasing water flow in Jegrznia river up to 3 times during vegetation season). Elaborated Nature Protection Management Plan covering an area of 9000 ha, Prepared technical documentation of restitution of the hydrographical network of 48 km; Examples of projects

24 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Examples of projects

25 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. PROJECT LOCATION: - Białowieża Forest - Knyszyńska Forest BUDGET INFO: Total amount: 4,554,890 % EC Co-funding: 75% DURATION: - Start: 01/01/2010 End: 15/12/2014 Coordinating Beneficiary: Regionalna Dyrekcja Lasów Państwowych w Białymstoku Associated Beneficiaries: Polskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków FPP Consulting AMPHI consult Examples of projects Project No LIFE08 NAT/PL/ Restoring populations of Lesser Spotted Eagle at chosen areas of NATURA 2000

26 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. Project Aim: to halt the negative population trends and improve the population status in Bialowieska and Knyszynska Forests. Main Activities: Management Plan for Lesser Spotted Eagle in Knyszynska Forest; National Action Plan; Land purchase of 30 ha of meadows; Renaturisation of Narewka River and creation of small wetlands (2,1 km) Restoration of nearly 800 ha of grassland habitats; Nest zones creation (31 zones); Grazing (herd of 25 cows) Expected results: Enhancing breeding populations of Lesser Spotted Eagle in Bialowieska Forest and Knyszynska Forest; Securing long-term conservation of Lesser Spotted Eagle at national and regional level; Develepment and promotion of innovative landscape scale conservation models for sustainable land use for Lesser Spotted Eagle. Examples of projects

27 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. A few figures as a summary For the calls 2008 – 2013 NFEP allocated 251 M PLN (63 M ) for co-financing LIFE+ projects 2007 – 1 LIFE+ project ongoing 2010 – 22 LIFE+ projects being implemented Within 2008 – 2010 LIFE+ calls: 13 out of 22 projects accepted by EC deal with nature protection on N2000 sites (Projets budget: 40 M/57 M); 7 out of 10 from LIFE+ funds for Poland finances nature protection projects (altogether 22,4 M / 30,6 M );

28 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. A few numbers as a summary In the 2011 call: 19/61 LIFE+ applications concern nature protection 43,5 M / 85 M of expected LIFE+ contribution EC allocation exceeded 2,5 times LIFE+ money and NFEP funds a perfect fit for nature

29 Informal Meeting of the EU Nature Directors Ryn, r. 29 Nature Protection Department EU Projects Unit NFEP tel. (22) fax.(22) National Contact Point


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