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    Technical assistance

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    Operation Country Objective Amount (in EUR) Contractor
    Irish Sustainable Forest Fund Ireland Support initial pipeline development. 30 500

    Purser Tarleton Russell LTD
    36 Fitzwilliam Sqaure
    Dublin 2, D02HX82
    Ireland

    HBOR Natural Capital Croatia Croatia

    Capacity building of final beneficiaries.

    Support to final beneficiaries in identifying viable business and financing models.

    Establish NCFF review systems in HBOR.

    Establish baselines of environmental indicators, measuring and reporting activities.

    Deliver on reporting obligations.

    934 500

    Consortium composed of PricewaterhouseCoopers EU Services (BE), AGRECO (BE) and WWF Adria, led PricewaterhouseCoopers EU Services:

    PricewaterhouseCoopers, Société cooperative (Member entity of PwC EU Services EESV)
    2, rue Gerhard Mercator B.P. 1443
    L-1014, Luxembourg

    Project planning to invest in biodiversity of the Mediterranean Spain

    Support in the identification of a suitable capital and legal structure for the project.

    17 000

    Landwell - PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Legal Services, S.L.
    Paseo de la Castellana
    259-B Madrid
    Spain

    Guidance on capital structure – horizontal activity N/A

    Guidance document for pro-biodiversity and other businesses around conservation and restoration on identifying a suitable capital structure

    34 950

    SYSTEMIQ Limited
    69 Carter Lane
    EC4V5EQ London
    UK

    Green hybrid infrastructure case book – horizontal activity

    N/A

    Case study handbook on mainstreaming of nature-based solutions and NCFF components into traditional infrastructure.

    34 936

    Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation
    Elisabethenstr. 22
    4051 Basel
    Switzerland

    Athens Resilient City and Natural Capital Greece

    Design green infrastructure/nature-based solutions in urban redevelopment projects.

    Establish baselines of environmental indicators, measuring and reporting activities.

    Implement erosion control measures on Lycabettus Hill.

    499 999

    Suez Consuting (SAFEGE SAS)
    15-27 rue du Port, Parc de rile
    92000 Nanterre
    France

    Development of a bespoke monitoring and investment management platform N/A

    Develop a bespoke "monitoring and investment management platform" that will support Rewilding Europe Capital (REC) in the monitoring and reporting of information.

    34 400

    Singlify Ltd
    20b Brondesbury Road
    NW66AY London
    UK

    Inventory of greenhouse gasses on landscape rewilding actions in boreal Finland Finland

    This TA will support the Landscape Rewilding Programme implemented by the Snowchange initiative, which is also supported by REC under the NCFF, to quantify carbon sequestration potential on typical sites for restoration in Finnish boreal peatland. By providing by supporting site specific measurements of greenhouse gas exchanges and targeted modelling, this TA will also inform a more accurate approach to monitoring multiple ecosystems and the various benefits from landscape restoration projects under the NCFF and future nature financing instruments.

    34 400

    Natural person

    Study on land degradation and investment opportunities in the Mediterranean region Mediterranean region
    (ES, PT, GR, IT)

    The overall objective of this assignment is to produce a study for (i) identification, mapping and characterising the degraded lands in Spain, Portugal, and Greece and /Italy, and (ii) to identify potential investment opportunities targeting landscape restoration and enhancement of ecosystems' resilience.

    34 950

    Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 6, CH-3012Switzerland

    SLB Romanian Forest Regeneration Romania

    This assignment aims at assessing the proposed pipeline of 6 different forest assets in Romania. It furthermore aims at identifying measures to increase the biodiversity of these forests as well as identify potential non-wood revenue streams. The assignment will also identify measures to increase the resilience of these forests to climate change impact (droughts, wind throws, landslides).

    30 600

    Naturae Advisors SRL
    Theodor Neculuta 14, 550057 Sibiu, Romania

    Green Deal Neighbourhood Vienna Austria

    This assignment supports the preparation of the first Green Deal Neighbourhood in Vienna's 6th District, the Naschmarkt. While to date nature-based solutions (NBS) are often integrated into the urban fabric at very small scale, this project aims at integrating NBS at a district level (50000 inhabitants) and into the existing urban fabric. Integrating NBS at this scale and into existing structures has not been tested before. To this end the project will create the Green Deal Vienna Enterprise. The assignment will support a very comprehensive stakeholder engagement process bringing all actors on board and assign responsibilities.

    49 850

    Green4Cities GmbH,
    Plenergasse 1/5 –
    AT – 1180 Vienna

    Scoping Natural Capital Financing Facility intervention for long term value from Irish peatland restoration Ireland

    The overall objective of this assignment is for a consultant to support the creation of a framework for synergies between climate, biodiversity and community benefits within a rapidly development climate and peatland agenda in Ireland. The aim is to leverage opportunities on peatland for creating lasting benefits for regional economies and optimising downstream effects, deploying scalable models for a community-led approach and water catchment management as well as support paradigms for decarbonisation of land-use, including agriculture in peat areas.

    49 300

    Umweltverband WWF Österreich,
    Ottakringer Strasse 114-116, 1160 Vienna, Austria

    Digital Twinning Forestry Industry 4.0 Romania

    The overall objective of this assignment consists in developing and test a proof of concept for integration of remote sensing and digitalization solutions in SFM with a particular focus on improving biodiversity and adapting forests to climate change impacts. The assignment is to pilot and test a unique system of digital twinning using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning systems, which could support enhanced decision making in forestry, as well as in natural capital/landscape management.

    49 750

    Forest Design SRL,
    Nicovalei Street, 500473 Brasov, Romania

    SLM Silva Fund Ireland

    This TA assignment will support the project developer in promoting the active management of private forests and the wider development of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) management as an alternative to the clear-fell system in Ireland. TA will, for example, be used to train Irish foresters and harvesters in CCF; develop and test a range of biodiversity indicators for integration into conventional forest inventory and planning systems; undertake a study of sustainable deer carrying capacities or develop and test an inventory protocol that collects relevant data for carbon monitoring across the portfolio.

    721 500

    RPS Ireland Limited (DE) a 74 Boucher Road, Elmwood House, BT12 6RZ Belfast, United Kingdom

    Rewilding Europe Capital Multiple countries
    (FI, PL, GER, ES, PT)

    This TA operation will support the project promoter in strengthening internal processes and procedures; in supporting final beneficiaries in developing their projects; in identifying and strengthening the existing pipeline; develop and test a range of biodiversity indicators to report on the impacts of the supported projects; assessing the potential of creating carbon credits through restoration projects.

    368 500

    FORLIANCE GmbH, Eifelstr. 20, 53119 Bonn

    Frequently asked questions

    1. For what type of activities can NCFF technical assistance be used?

    Technical assistance under the NCFF can finance support and capacity building for the benefit of operations expected to be financed by the NCFF. Technical assistance under the NCFF can be applied to develop the capacity of the project promoter and stakeholders involved in the project, ascertain the overall feasibility of the project, and support monitoring and reporting over the projects’ life time.

    More specifically, technical assistance can be used, for example, but not exclusively for:

    • Establishing baseline studies, carry out biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring;
    • Climate vulnerability assessments, analysis of exposure to the impacts of climate change, recommendations for ecosystem-based adaptation solutions;
    • Training and capacity building;
    • Feasibility studies;
    • Improving and strengthening individual components of a project/business plan;
    • Further strengthening of financial analysis and/or the business case;
    • Advice on legal structure of the project.

    2. Is the technical assistance linked to a commitment to take a loan under the NCFF?

    Technical assistance is only provided to projects which are expected to use financing from the NCFF, i.e. projects that are likely to contribute to the LIFE objectives and which the Bank considers to have a strong business case and where there is a strong commitment on the project developer's side to developing a viable project.

    3. What is the process for getting technical assistance under the NCFF?

    Before requesting technical assistance, interested project developer should first fill in and submit the NCFF contact form to be downloaded from the website. Following a preliminary assessment of the project’s eligibility under the NCFF, and if it seems that the project has a strong business case, the Bank will ask the project developer to send a needs assessment requiring details, such as:

    • Description and scope of technical assistance requested;
    • Description of major elements of technical assistance;
    • Estimated cost of technical assistance requested;
    • Detailed cost breakdown of the technical assistance requested;
    • Implementation timetable including forecast of payment dates for technical assistance;
    • Information on other subsidies or grants received, if applicable;
    • Description of the main expected impacts of the technical assistance.
    Upon receipt of this information, the Bank will review the request and provide feedback on which components may be financed through technical assistance under the NCFF. The Bank will then send the project developer draft Terms of Reference to be filled in.

    4. What amount of technical assistance is available?

    A maximum amount of EUR 1 million of technical assistance per project is available. However, technical assistance should in principle not exceed 10% of the NCFF’s estimated total financing of the project. In exceptional cases and where the innovative nature of the project requires this, the Bank can allocate more than 10%, but never exceed EUR 1 million of TA per project.

    5. What happens if technical assistance has been awarded, but the project is finally not going ahead or will not use NCFF funding?

    For any technical assistance that has been granted for project development prior to signature of a financing agreement, but that does not use NCFF financing, the EIB reserves the right to ask to be refunded up to 15% of the cost of the technical assistance provided. A refund may be required where the project is not taken any further despite being technically and financially viable and/or especially where the project developer decides to use alternative funding options. No refund will be requested in case of default of the project during the implementation phase, nor if the EIB considers that a refund would cause financial hardship to the project developer, nor if the EIB considers that a refund would be inappropriate for some other reason.

    6. Is the project promoter expected to make a contribution to the technical assistance needs?

    The project developer may be asked to make a financial contribution to the overall technical assistance needs or contribute in kind, for example, through the provision of facilities and/or personnel.

    7. As of what stage in the project development can technical assistance from the NCFF be brought in?

    Technical assistance from the NCFF can be brought in during the entire project cycle where needed. For the process, please refer to point 3. A maximum of 30% of the total technical assistance available per project can be applied before signature of the loan. In exceptional cases and where the innovative nature of the project and the needs assessment show that a higher share of TA needs to be applied before signature, this is possible at the discretion of the Bank.

    8. Who selects the providers of technical assistance?

    Service providers in charge of delivering the technical assistance will be selected by the EIB in consultation with the project promoter and in line with EIB procurement rules.

    9. How will the technical assistance be managed?

    The EIB will manage the technical assistance service contract(s) and will monitor progress and reporting by the consultant(s).

    10. Can NCFF technical assistance funding be combined with other EU/national or regional grants?

    Yes, technical assistance under the NCFF can be complemented by other grant funding. For example, from the EU Rural Development Programmes (RDP) or EU Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Horizon 2020, national programs and others as appropriate.



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