The Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (‘ACRES’) is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), as part of Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan (CSP).
There are two approaches within ACRES namely:
• ACRES General, available nationally (outside of the high priority geographical area as defined for the ACRES Co-operation approach),
• ACRES Co-operation, available to farmers in defined high priority geographical areas (ACRES Co-operation ‘CP’ areas).
Commonage is a mandatory action in ACRES which means that all commonage lands declared by the ACRES applicant in their BPS/BISS in the specified year, whether owned, leased or rented had to must be included in ACRES.
The purpose of this Request for Tender is to procure the services of a team of qualified personnel for the qualitative evaluation and results-based scoring of commonage parcels in ACRES that fall outside of the defined ACRES Co-operation geographical areas under ACRES.
The commonage area for evaluation and assessment has been divided into four separate areas or ‘regions’ for tender, based on geographical location. Each region will operate as a standalone lot. A tender may be submitted by an individual, an individual entity or by a consortium comprising of a number of entities. A tenderer may tender for one or more lots.
The purpose of this Request for Tender (RFT) is to procure the services of a team of qualified personnel for the qualitative evaluation and results-based scoring of commonage parcels that fall outside of the defined ACRES Co-operation geographical areas under ACRES.
Results-based scoring of all commonages is a commitment in the CSP and required as part of the validation of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)/ Appropriate Assessment (AA) or performance output of the CSP.