Project Background: The Mulkear EIP is a five year project focused on innovation,technology and knowledge transfer for farmer led enhancement of water quality, instream habitat and riparian management in the Mulkear Catchment covering Limerick and Tipperary counties.
The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP) under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) is a new co-operation measure under Article 35(1) of the regulation. EIPs promote local solutions to specific issues and involve the establishment of Operational Groups to develop ideas, or take existing ideas/research and put them into practice by being hands on in terms of working towards the resolution of a practical problem.
The Mulkear EIP project is bottom-up in its design and nature and will be run by Mulkear Catchment Limited and wider support groups supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Mulkear EIP project offers an exciting opportunity to help address water quality issues on a catchment basis. The project will commence on the 1st January 2019 and run until at least the 31st Dec 2023 implementing a 5-year work programme with local farmers.
It will be a partnership approach focused on enhancing water quality and sustainable water management on farms by adopting a catchment approach and implementing a suite of catchment sensitive farming measures to support farm viability and biodiversity. The project will be implemented across Counties Limerick & Tipperary and has a total budget of €1,172,830.