LEADER Project Appraisal Form
                                        (For use with accompanying prompts form)

Project Name                                                                                      Parish
                                   ACTION 2 – JOINT PROJECT WITH CAIRNGORMS,                      No
                                   HIGHLAND, MORAY, RURAL ABERDEENSHIRE AND
                                   RURAL TAYSIDE LAGs-

                                   Strategic Mink Control in Northern Scotland

Applicant’s Name/                  Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) – Registered Charity
Contact Details
Project Description                Background

                                   RAFTS principal objective is to support the conservation and enhancement of
                                   native freshwater fish and their environments in Scotland. They are the
                                   umbrella organisation for all Scotland’s 25 independent rivers and fisheries
                                   trusts and support members in fundraising, project development and
                                   management, training provision and national representation.

                                   Mink is an aggressive opportunistic predator of a wide range of native species
                                   of biological, ecological and economic importance including water vole, Atlantic
                                   salmon, grouse, black-throated diver, red-throated diver, common scoter,
                                   greenshank, redshank, lapwing, curlew, oystercatcher, snipe and several other
                                   species of waterfowl. As such it threatens a number of the resources upon
                                   which the local economy is based. e.g eco-tourism (including bird watching),
                                   fishing, game birds. For example a 2004 report1 showed that if angling ceased
                                   in the northeast and Highland regions of Scotland it would result in a loss of
                                   £19.67m and £20.7m in angling expenditure, reducing the regions’ output by
                                   £18.6m and £24.6m that would in turn reduce annual household income by
                                   £9.3m and £12.5m and employment by 688 and 781 fte jobs respectively.

                                   Project aims:
                                   This project aims to eradicate and control mink numbers across a large
                                   geographic area and therefore, help to preserve the valuable environments
                                   and high quality biodiversity upon which many economic activities rely.

                                   The protection of nationally significant populations of water voles, salmonids,
                                   ground nesting birds and other native riparian biodiversity by establishing a
                                   sustainable management framework to create and maintain an area free of
                                   breeding mink extending from the mid-Tay to the South Esk, around the east
                                   coast to the River Nairn; with a belt reaching from Dornoch and Cromarty on
                                   the east to Ullapool on the west.

                                   Key outcomes of the project will be:

                                          A mink free zone extending from the mid-Tay to the South Esk, around
                                           the east coast to the River Nairn; with a belt reaching from Dornoch and
                                           Cromarty on the east to Ullapool on the west;

                                          A sustainable locally based management framework to prevent future
                                           recolonisation of mink free areas; and

                     An engaged network of informed volunteers that participate in mink and
                      other invasive non native control and eradication initiatives.

               The project will implement a strategic programme of mink control by a
               dedicated team of officers who will ensure the sustainability of the project by
               recruiting and maintaining a network of trained volunteers to expand and
               enhance the trapping activities and, therefore, the control effort. In addition the
               project will link directly with other activities associated with other invasive non-
               native control activities undertaken by fishery trusts, boards and other bodies.
               Specific project activities are:
                     Establishment and maintenance of a network of volunteers;
                     Training of volunteers to operate a network of mink rafts (for detection)
                      and traps (for eradication and humane dispatch) with technical support
                      from dedicated project officers.
                     Monitoring of the project’s effectiveness;
                     Identification of, provision of training and technical support to, local
                      organisations and adaptive management systems for long term control;
                     Establishment of a locally based rapid response system;
                     Production and dissemination of awareness materials including a
                      website; and,
                     Maintenance of close links between research and management.

               41, 411, 412, 413, 421, 431 – circle number (AF7.3; CI4)
SRDP Measure
LEADER Theme   Revitalising                    Rural Community
                                                                           Markets &       
               Communities                     Capacity
                                               Conservation of
               Progressive Rural
                                              the Rural           x

  PROJECT FUNDING ( see Annex 2)
  Eligible project costs                Date       Cash costs £ In kind costs £              Total Costs £
  Project Officer                                       296,366                                     296,366
  Project Coordinator                                    79,701                                      79,701
  Professional fees                                      11,169                                      11,169
  Travel costs                                           80,523                                      80,523
  Rental & operating premises                                  31,900                                   31,900
  Mobile Phone Costs                                            7,250                                    7,250
  Equipment & Consumables                                      63,936                                   63,936
  Insurance costs                                               4,833                                    4,833
  Awareness & Training                                         43,452                                   43,452
  Publicity and PR                                         -                                        -
  Project Management                                           40,622                                 40,622
  Trap deployment & surveillance                                                   116,000           116,000
                                           Total           659,753                 116,000           775,753

  12.2 Please give details of your match funders

  Name                                    Date                 Amount £          Public/Private/In kind
  SNH                                     confirmed                307,735       Public
  Tubney Charitable Trust                 confirmed                100,000       Private
  Fisheries Trusts                        confirmed                 11,600       Private
  Fisheries Trusts                        confirmed                116,000       In Kind
  CNPA                                    confirmed                   8,932      Public

                                                   Total            544,267

       Total cost of project        Eligible costs             % rate of grant        Grant requested
       (covering all LAG Areas)     (All LAG Areas)            requested on
                                                               eligible costs
       £919,295                     £775,753                          30.0%           £ 231,486

                                           Cairngorms LAG 14.18% of Grant             £32,828
                                              Highland LAG 27.88% of Grant            £64,529
                                                  Moray LAG 6.98% of Grant            £16,169
                                   Rural Aberdeenshire LAG 27.23% of Grant            £63,029
                                          Rural Tayside LAG 23.73% of Grant           £54,929

Development Officer’s Assessment:

This is well thought out and planned Action 2 project. There have been extensive discussions
between the 5 LEADER areas and costs have been accurately detailed and explained. The applicant
agreed to delay the start of the project in order to facility these joint discussions.

Start date now: January 2011 end date August 2013 ( exceeds the 2 year SG guidance but is
requested by the applicant to achieve end results)

Rural Tayside and Cairngorms have approved their contribution to the project. The remaining LAGs
will consider this project no later than November 2010.

Confirm that all match funding is in place

The application has the full support of SNH, University of Aberdeen and Scottish Wildlife Trust and
as such is scientifically rigorous in its approach.

Wide community involvement is sought over the course of the two years and all Fisheries Trusts
have confirmed their support to the project.

A volunteer recruitment policy has been put in place

Outputs are realistic and cost are accurately detailed

Recommend that if the LAG approve this project the following pre payment and post payment
conditions are applied:

Pre payment:
Confirmation of outstanding match funding
Confirm if applicant will be working with young children – if yes _ Insist on CPP
Copy of job descriptions
Copy of Memorandum of Agreement between 4 key partners

Post Payment:
6 monthly reports – against milestones/outputs identified in the application
Report on volunteer involvement
Copy of jobs adverts
STJ for Prof X Lambin
In kind rates accurately recorded

Are all relevant permissions in place?                                                                 YES               NO

Is the application to be assessed directly by the Strategic LAG?                  YES        NO
1. To what extent does the application meet the objectives and priorities of the LEADER Programme
as expressed in the LEADER Business Plan and subsequent local development plans? Also, how
well does the application link with other relevant projects or strategies? (SOA)

The project addresses four of the challenges described in the Highland Leader local development strategy
and business plan namely:

Land and Environment: Through contributing to the protection of biodiversity in the Highland region the
project will also contribute to the management goals and objectives of 36 SACs, 23 SPAs and 90 SSSIs.

The area’s natural and cultural heritage: As mink is a significant and adaptable opportunistic predator of a
wide range of native and game species of biological, ecological and economic importance2, it threatens a
number of the resources upon which the local economy in Highland region is based e.g. angling, shooting
and nature based tourism. Control and eradication of mink will therefore contribute to safeguarding the
natural heritage of the and cultural heritage of the area.

    These include: water vole, Atlantic salmon, black-throated diver, red-throated diver, common scoter, greenshank, redshank,
  lapwing, curlew, oystercatcher, snipe and several other species of waterfowl
Access to Training: The Highland Leader Local Development Strategy and Business Plan recognises the
voluntary sector, and volunteering, as a significant feature of life in the Highlands and Islands. An important
aspect of the project will be the extent to which volunteer and community support for the mink monitoring
and control activities is generated and retained over the project period. Volunteers will provide the greatest
percentage of the overall trapping and mink control effort of the programme.

Local employment: The project will help safeguard a number of the resources upon which the local
economy and employment is based. e.g eco-tourism (including bird watching), fishing, game birds. For
example a 2004 report3 showed that if angling ceased in the Highland region of Scotland it would result in a
loss of £20.7m in angling expenditure, reducing the region’s output by £24.6m that would in turn reduce
annual household income by £12.5m and employment 781 fte jobs. Grouse shooting, another corner stone
of the Highland economy that supports a large of jobs and a way of life is also threatened

The project implements the strategic approach to mink control proposed and endorsed by SNH’s Scientific
Advisory Committee. It also implements, contributes and/or supports the following key policieis and

         Rural Scotland: Better Still, Naturally – Priority 3 Sustaining and making the most of its natural and
          cultutal heritage.
         Scotland’s Sustainable Development Strategy Priority 2 and Priority 4 as well as Leader priorities
          Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Tourism Development
         UKBAP for protecting water voles and other species of conservation importance by removal of mink a
          key predator of those species thereby contributing to UKBAP targets;
         GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy Framework;
         Species Action Framework;
         Biosecurity Plans and Fisheries Management Plans of the Kyle of Sutherland, West Sutherland,
          Cromarty Firth, Ness and Beauly, Wester Ross, and Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trusts.
          These plans, in turn, contribute to the relevant Water Framework Directive River Basin and Area
          Management Plans;

2. To what degree does the proposal meet the LEADER Programme’s outputs and outcomes?
   Include any additional outcomes

                 Project Output                How
                                               many                            Please explain
            No. best practice models            1            The project will pilot and test the effectiveness
                  transferred                                      local control of key INNS over a large
                                                           geographical area. The experiences and lessons
                                                           from this project will be relevant to broader INNS
                                                              prevention and control work in Scotland, other
                                                                        parts of the UK and Europe.
             No. innovative projects              1           Will establish an innovative community based
             (products or processes                           approach for the effective control of mink and
                   developed)                               other INNS that are a major threat to the natural
                                                               environment and the businesses it supports.
            No. networks established              1            The project will establish a network of local
                                                               organisations and over 50 volunteers to be
                                                             involved in its activities that include but are not
                                                                  restricted to local wildlife management
                                                                organisations e.g. the Fisheries Trusts and
                                                            Boards, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife Trust; sporting
                                                           estate and recreational fisheries staff (e.g. game
                                                           keepers and ghillies); landowners and residents.
             No. of training courses           >4(>.8)         At least two training courses per year will be

         delivered/learning projects                delivered. These courses will build the network’s
                                                     capacity to establish and maintain an effective
                                                        mink monitoring and trapping network and
                                                     identification and management of other INNS.
          No. of participants that       >20(>50)   All volunteers will receive training in establishing
       successfully ended a training                 and maintaining mink surveillance as well as in
        activity gaining new skills or               the identification of other INNS and species of
                   re-skilled                                 high conservation importance.
         No. of community capacity          1        Will develop capacity of theKyle of Sutherland,
               building projects                       West Sutherland, Cromarty Firth, Ness and
                                                    Beauly and Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries
                                                      Trusts and the Spey Foundation, the Conon,
                                                     Ness and Beauly, Kyle of Sutherland and West
                                                     Sutherland Salmon Fisheries District Boards to
                                                      address mink and other INNS. It is envisaged
                                                         that other interested local groups will be
                                                           identified in the course of the project
         No. of community groups           >10       Advise and assist the Kyle of Sutherland, West
             advised/assisted                       Sutherland, Cromarty Firth, Ness and Beauly and
                                                    Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trusts and
                                                       the Spey Foundation, the Conon, Ness and
                                                    Beauly, Kyle of Sutherland and West Sutherland
                                                    Salmon Fisheries District Boards to address mink
                                                     and other INNS. It is envisaged that other local
                                                       groups will be identified in the course of the
           Gross number of jobs            1.25                 Fisheries and Conservation
            Additional Outputs:
           No. awareness raising              At least 2 awareness raising events will be held
                  events                       in each phase either in conjunction with other
                                                  activities such as game fairs or as part of
                                                designated biodiversity days. In Years 1 & 2
                                             these will be primarily focussed on mink to assist
                                                in establishing the monitoring network with a
                                             greater focus on other INNS in Year 3 to facilitate
                                              use of the established network to address other
                                                                 INNS issues.
       No. of joint projects within          The project will be implemented over and require
                 the UK                                  cooperation of 5 leader areas
3. How well does the project address the community’s needs, evidence community benefits &
promote community involvement? What evidence is there of community support for the project?

The project will involve, and is supported by, a wide range of partners and participants6 including national
government agencies, conservation and local organisations, estates and the general public with an
anticipated network of over 200 trained volunteers. Volunteers will be sourced from local organisations and
wildlife professionals, local volunteer organisations. Over thirty letters of support from a wide range of
organisations have been obtained to date

Technical report and academic paper submitted for publication demonstrates the project’s technical
feasibility in terms of mink monitoring and eradication.

The need for mink control in the Highland Leader area has been recognised at both local and national level.
Support for mink control and the project has been obtained from a wide range of community and local
institutions and organisations as well as national level institutions (see Table below).

  Fisheries Trusts and Boards
  Cromarty Firth Fisheries Trust*                     Langwell Estate, Ullapool **
  Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust*         Skibo Estate, Dornoch
  Institute of Fisheries Management*                  Dounie Estate, Ardgay
  Kyle of Sutherland District Fisheries Board*        Alladale Estate **
  Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust*                 Letterewe Estate (little Gruniard)
  Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust*                    Scottish Estates Business Group*
  West Sutherland Fisheries Trust*
  Wester Ross Fisheries Trust
                                                      National Institutions with Interests in
  Other Local Organisations                           Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards*
  Aigas Field Centre                                  GB Non Native Species Secretariat (Food
                                                      and Environment Research
                                                      Agency/DEFRA) *
  Assynt Foundation**                                 Scottish Environment Protection Agency*
  Assynt Field Club **                                Scottish Government - Marine Scotland*
  Dunearn Farm Glenfurness Nairn*                     Scottish Native Woods*
  Forestry Commission North Highland Forestry
  District*                                           Scottish Natural Heritage*
  Highland Council*                                   Scottish Wildlife Trust*
  Highland Council Ranger for Easter Ross **          UKBAP*
  Loch Fleet Reserve
                                                      Organisations with interest but not yet
  Ospisdale Farms **                                  committed
  Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum*                Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity
                                                      Dingwall Academy
                                                      Tain Field Club
  * Letter of support obtained
  ** Letter of support expected

A significant aspect of the project will be the extent to which volunteer and community support for the mink
monitoring and control activities is generated and retained over the project period. Volunteers will provide a
significant percentage of the overall trapping and mink control effort of the programme.

The Volunteers involved in the project will consist of of two different types;

Professionally interested

   Volunteers of this type will, generally, undertake mink trapping activities as part of their professional or
   current job activities. E.g. water bailiffs, estate workers, reserve wardens in recognition of the fact that
   mink control has a direct benefit or relevance to their employment activities.

Personally interested

   Volunteers of this type will, generally, undertake mink trapping activities outside of their current job or
   professional activities in recognition of the desire to contribute to the protection and enhancement of the
   local natural environment, biodiversity or in association with a hobby or recreational activity e.g. angler,
   bird watcher, citizen / community member, amateur naturalist.

The project will recruit volunteers in a range of different ways including the following:

   a. Through known contacts, partner or supporting organisations with employees that may offer time to
      the project due to professional interest;

   b. By making contact with voluntary groups that may offer time from personally interested volunteers;

   c. By the active recruitment of volunteers by the project officers following, and as a result of, project
      awareness, publicity and information activities including:

           a. Delivery of presentations to interest groups and communities;

           b. Preparation of project materials and information literature;

           c. Use of local press and media to publicise the project and its activities and to promote

   d. By the project website which will allow prospective volunteers to learn of the project and notify the
      project of a wish to become involved regardless of location.

   e. By using other initiatives where volunteers may be recruited including “Volunteering Highland”
      ( and the contacts of the principal and supporting project partners.

4. Does the applicant have the capacity to deliver and is the project achievable?
The project will be managed by the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) on behalf of a
partnership that also includes Scottish Natural Heritage, the University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Wildlife
Trust. RAFTS is acting as the e lead partner. A memorandum of Agreement for teh implementation of this
project exists between the 4 principle partners. This grouping has the necessary scientific, technical and
practical experience to deliver this project.

They have also identified the importance of local volunteers and identified the different ways in which local
communities over and above the Trusts will /can get involved in the project.

RAFTS is is the umbrella organisation for 13 rivers and fisheries trusts across Scotland .

The project will employ five full time staff equivalents, four locally based project officers and a project
coordinator to be based at Aberdeen University. One project officer will be based in each of the Cairngorms,
Aberdeenshire, Highland and Tayside Leader areas.

The project will also work in cooperation with Leader supported INNS project in the Deveron, Bogie and Ilsa
catchments and in Skye.

Key Milestones have been supplied

Risks and mitigation procedures identified in the application.( mink re-establishment and volunteer
motivation - -creation of defensible mainland island, identification of sinks for long term control,
establishment of skilled network of volunteers, monitor other species)
5. To what extent does the proposal address the needs of LEADER target groups?
       Stakeholder   Cairngorms    Moray        Tayside        Aberdeen     Highland        Total

       Male age      3             1            5              5            6               20
       under 25

       Male age 25   13            6            21             24           24              88
       and over

       Female age    2             1            4              5            5               17
       under 25

        Female age     6            3            10               12          12           43
        25 and over

        Retired        2            1            3                4           4            14

        Unemployed     1            1            1                1           1            4

        People with    2            1            3                4           4            14

        Total          29           15           47               54          55           200

        Micro             >18            >9             >30             >30             >30
6. How innovative is the project?

The project will be the first and largest of its kind to establish locally based management systems to
implement strategic INNS control over a large geographic area. It will do this by targeting and controlling a
high profile non native species, the mink, whilst at the same time reaching beyond this species to other
invasive non native species of plants to help ensure the sustainability of the control activities for all priority

This approach is innovative in its desire to implement such controls and management across such a wide
area and to an expanding portfolio of target species. In the past such projects have been relatively local and
species specific. It is envisaged that the approach of this project will provide a model for the prevention and
control of other INNS and the expansion of mink control to other parts of Scotland

7. Does the project evidence economic, social and environmental sustainability?

INNS are a threat to the natural resources and aesthetics of the region upon which a significant part of the
local economy currently depends (fishing, shooting, and nature based tourism) and which also have further
development potential. The project will contribute to the safeguarding of these economic activities as well as
future development potential by the establishment of a locally based management system to tackle mink and
subsequently other INNS.

As well as protecting the current value of the region’s natural environments and ecosystems to the local
economy through the control of mink, economic growth will be supported through the controls by allowing the
environments protected to be progressively marketed and promoted as free from invasive non native
species. This “environmental premium” is a genuine one and one upon which many of the economic
activities of the area are already based and utilise. Materials, literature and publicity information made
available through all distribution media (hard copy, website, presentations etc) will emphasise and promote
these benefits.

The project will recruit and involve volunteers from a broad range of social backgrounds to work together in a
coordinated and systematic manner for the prevention and control of a flagship invasive non native species.
It is envisaged that success in controlling mink will demonstrate the concerted action can be successful
against INNS and encourage participants to address other INNS species affecting the Highland area.

By controlling and eradicating mink populations in a strategic, sustainable, science based and targeted way
the project will:
     Improve the overall quality of the environments which are currently compromised by the presence of
        mink. Their removal will help to restore the integrity of the high quality ecosystems of the area and
        which are currently threatened by mink presence;
     Improve the conditions for a range of other species upon which the mink predates (see list above) by
        removing the predator and allowing the native species numbers and populations to function normally;
     Prevent the further spread of mink to neighbouring areas where populations are currently absent and
        so protect the native ecosystems and species which exist there;
     By expanding and linking the priority mink control activities to other invasive non native species,
        particularly plants such as Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed, deliver

       combinations of control activities to manage and eradicate these species and so provide more
       complete and comprehensive improvements to natural ecosystems, habitats and conditions for native
       species; and

By promoting the priority mink control and parallel activities on other non native invasive species to the
public build a wider knowledge and increased capacity to understand the impacts of non-native species and
empower individuals to contribute to control programmes to increase the impact and level of environmental
protection and improvement possible.

The long term sustainability of the project’s work is secured by the realisation of its outputs and outcomes

The establishment of a skilled and resourced network of local organisations and volunteers that will continue
long term monitoring and, if required, the strategic control of mink in areas where breeding mink have been
eradicated in the course of the project. A soon to be published study by Aberdeen University has shown that
retention rates of volunteers involved in mink control is between 75%-95% % per 6 months. The
involvement of a highly motivated workforce with a professional (fisheries) or personal interest in biodiversity
is one major asset of the project. Once empowered by the success of initial removal, experience from the
previous projects is that a large core group of volunteer remains highly motivated to maintain or extend the
The raising of awareness of the applicability of the project’s community based and management approach to
other invasive non native species will facilitate the integration of mink control into other INNS control
programmes. This integration will increase the coordination, efficiency and effectiveness of INNS prevention
and control initiatives.

1. Transfer of coordination mink control work to the local partners; and,
2. Diversification of the work of the networks to address other current and future INNS issues in the area
particularly the activities described in the Biosecurity Plans. Continued mink monitoring and control will then
become part of these broader INNS prevention and control activities. Any detected re-invasion of mink will
activate a rapid response mechanism to eradicate the animals from the area in question. The rapid response
mechanism will complement the rapid response mechanisms currently under development through the work
of the GB Non Native Species Secretariat.
Therefore mink prevention and control work will be incorporated into broader INNS work that, in turn, will be
eventually incorporated into the working practices of the local organisations. This will be facilitated by the
lower costs associated with the use of a community based approach to INNS prevention and control by
skilled local organisations and volunteers. Funding for specific actions will be raised by the local
organisations and/or the RAFTS Biosecurity and INNS Programme from a number of private or government
funding sources.

8. Does the project offer value for money and demonstrate economic impact?

The total LEADER costs are shared between 5 LEADER areas and this equates to 30% (£231,486) of the
total project costs (£775,753). Highlands is being asked to contribute 27.8% or £64,529 towards the total
LEADER costs which is an accurate reflection of the geographic area being covered in Highland as a
proportion of total geographic area being targeted.

The geographic coverage of the project has been initially determined by the strategic approach to mink
control proposed and endorsed by SNH’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Although the project only covers
26% of Highland region (compared to 100% of other regions) at present it still cover 6,522 km 2 which
constitutes 31.65% of the total project area (see table below). This is greater area coverage than any other
Leader area.

                                                                   % of Mink Project in
                       Area within:                  Hectares     each LAG area
                       Cairngorms                    381,660.73           18.52%

                       Highland                         652,251.31       31.65%
                       Moray                            185,321.83        8.99%
                       Rural Aberdeenshire              486,650.62       23.62%
                       Rural Tayside                    335,824.70       16.30%
                       Rest (Aberdeen City)              18,837.58        0.91%
                                   Total Project area        6            100%

Economic impact will be achieved once mink are eradicated from the areas and natural resources
safeguarded for the future. A new and enhanced skills base will also be established within the network of
volunteers which can easily be transferred to other areas of site monitoring work.

Detailed costs have been provide and are appended to the end of this assessment. The project will comply
with Leader recruitment and procurement procedures. i.e. quotes will be sought for all items of expenditure
and posts will be openly advertised. In kind rates will comply with the Scottish government guidelines with
the exception of Professional Fees ( Prof X Lambin) who will deemed as a expert in this field and will be
dealt with under a single tender justification.

9. What evidence is there of additionality?

Leader funding is required to allow the project to proceed on the geographic scale that is required to make it
effective and deliver quality activities and outcomes. The geographic scale of the project makes application
to SDRP with its application procedure on a land owner level impractical.

Leader funding is required to supplement existing match funding. Without LEADER funding the currently
approved funds are not sufficient to allow the project to proceed at a level which will achieve the project
objectives, achieve milestones and mitigate risks.

 The project officer must specify whether the client is a firm in difficulty, whether the proposed
  assistance is a state aid and record the result in the table below.
 When State Aid is present, record which Scheme or De Minimis is being used and confirm that
  proposed assistance conforms to State Aid scheme rules.

STATE AID TEST: Record of State Aid appraisal result: The proposal has               State Aid present, or
been assessed against the 4 criteria below. When all four criteria are               State Aid Not present
met, State Aid is present .
Criteria                                                                              Is the criteria met?
1   Is there a transfer of state resources?                                            YES
2   Is economic advantage provided to a commercial undertaking                                         NO
3   Is the advantage given selectively to one pr more specific firms?
4   Does competition exist and is there potential for trade between
    the UK and another country in the market concerned
10 (a). State Aid limits exceeded?
10 (b). If yes, is project covered by relevant exemption(s)?

There is no commercial activity being undertaken: although long term
economic benefits should be secured as and when mink are eradicated.
All posts will be openly advertised

11. Does the application demonstrate commitment to equal opportunities?

The project does not seek to put in place barriers to community access and participation in its activities but
recognises the need to take practical steps and actions to combat those that do exist.

There will be no restrictions to the recruitment of paid staff or unpaid volunteers of the project on the basis of
sex, race or ethnicity, gender or transgender, religion or faith, sexuality or age.

We recognise that the wide geographic spread of the total project raises potential barriers to participation.
Principally these are:
       Geographic location (transport constraints, isolated communities and being outside core project area)
       Timing of delivery (exclusion due to childcare or other care or work commitments)
       Disability (the physical nature of many project tasks will require a certain level of fitness to allow tasks
    to be undertaken safely)
       Lack of awareness of project and activities (participation is limited to those who are aware of the
       Skills and knowledge gaps (certain skills are required of project staff and volunteers)

In recognising the potential barriers to community access and participation the project has also recognised
the need to address these. See annex 1 for mitigation measures.

12. Does the application contribute towards promotion of the Gaelic language?

Although the project does not put in place barriers to community access and participation in its activities it
has recognised the need to take practical steps and actions to combat those that do exist (see Section 4.5 of
Application). However, the project will not make an active contribution to the Gaelic language.

Additional Comments (including evidence of transferability and scope to roll out to other areas)
The aim of this project is to share lessons learned and transfer the approach to the management and
control of other INNS across Scotland

Local Area Partnership’s Recommendation:                                Approval        Deferral          Refusal
Any additional comments/conditions (set clear conditions to offset project issues):

Signed:                                                                           Date:

              Local Development Officer
Signed:                                                                           Date:

              Chairperson/Vice Chairperson
Appendix 1

4.6 Please explain how the project proposes to address these barriers and how you intend to
involve the local community in your project
The project has listed the principal potential barriers to community and citizen engagement and participation
in 4.5 (above). We have set out the strategy and actions proposed to mitigate these potential barriers below.

 Potential Barrier       Action to alleviate            What will be achieved         When will
                         barriers                       and be measured               achievements be made
 Geographic location:            Need to travel               Information will be           Website active
       Transport            minimised via use of          accessed by any               in first 4 months of
    constraint;              video conference              person regardless of          project.
       Isolation;           meetings and website /        location for website.              Video
       Outside core         written information           Website hits will be          conference
    area.                    dissemination                 logged.                       meetings possible
                             materials.                        Attendees at             from start of and
                                 Website                  video conference              throughout project.
                             information will allow        meetings will be                   Training events
                             isolated communities to       logged.                       scheduled
                             be informed. Website              Volunteers from          throughout project
                             recording of mink             any location will be          period.
                             sightings and                 trained by the project             Volunteer base
                             submission of volunteer       and base locations of         location information
                             information online will       event attendees will          recorded as
                             support volunteer             be recorded.                  volunteers are
                             involvement.                      Base locations of        recruited. Project
                                 Training                 volunteers will be            response to areas of
                             opportunities in project      recorded and areas of         non-participation as
                             activities will be made       non-participation             required and in
                             available to interested       identified to allow           response to actual
                             parties outside the core      volunteer recruitment         project need.
                             project area (capacity        there to be targeted.              Online sightings
                             allowing)                         The volume of            and volunteer
                                                           mink sighting reports         records recorded
                                                           and volunteer activity        when website live
                                                           reports submitted             and throughout
                                                           online will be                project.
 Timing of delivery:             Volunteer trapping           Volunteer                     Volunteer
        Care                and mink raft activities      activities will be             activities recorded
     commitments;            can be undertaken at          recorded to identify           from start and
        Work                any time in the day           time of activity.              throughout project
     commitments.            making it possible for            A record of all           period.
                             those with care or other      project meetings will              Meeting records
                             work commitments to           be retained to monitor         retained throughout
                             participate as                meeting times and              project period.
                             volunteers.                   locations.                         Website hits
                                 Necessary public             Hits to website           recorded when
                             meetings may be held          will be recorded.              website established
                             in the evenings to allow                                     (first 4 months of
                             greater attendance by                                        project).
                             those with working or
                             care commitments.
                                 Project materials
                             made available online
                             to allow 24 hour
 Disability:                     A certain level of             Risk assessments          Site risk
                             physical capability is          will be undertaken to        assessments

                           required to undertake             identify sites where           undertaken as sites
                           field based activities            participation by the           become active and
                           safely.                           disabled is more or            accumulated
                               The project will             less likely.                   throughout project.
                           facilitate the                        Number of                    Disabled
                           participation of the              disabled participants          participation, where
                           disabled by seeking to            will be recorded and           and when possible,
                           minimise the risk of              monitored.                     possible throughout
                           participation e.g by use                                         project period.
                           of “buddies” to
                           accompany disabled to
                           sites and the
                           identification of project
                           locations more suited to
                           safe disabled access.
Lack of awareness              The project will                 Website                        Website
                           prepare a dedicated               promotion will                 established within
                           website where a range             increase awareness             first 4 months of
                           of information materials          of project. Hits to            project. Hits
                           will be made available;           website will be                recorded from
                               Local press and              measured.                      website launch date.
                           media will be used to                 A log of local                 Press and
                           highlight the project;            press and media                media activities
                               The project                  activities will be made        commence at
                           partners will publicise           as a measure of the            project launch and
                           the project on their own          extent of awareness            maintained
                           websites and materials;           raising activities to          throughout period.
                               Other awareness              local communities.             Log of activities
                           activities e.g. delivery              Partner websites          maintained
                           of presentations and              will direct interested         throughout project.
                           talks and attendance at           parties to the new                  Links from
                           local shows are                   project website. This          partner website
                           scheduled in the project          will generate a flow of        established in
                           activities.                       interest to the project        parallel with project
                                                             from those currently           website (4 month for
                                                             interested in the              project start).
                                                             partner activities.                 Presentation
                                                                 The number of             and show
                                                             presentations made             attendance possible
                                                             and shows attended             from start and
                                                             will be recorded.              throughout project.
                                                             These actions will             Record of these
                                                             ensure the presence            activities
                                                             of the project to              established at start
                                                             further communities            and maintained
                                                             of potential interest.         throughout project.
Skills and knowledge           Skills and                       Training records               System for
gaps                       knowledge gaps may                project staff will be          training records
                           exist in potential project        retained.                      established at
                           officers and/or potential             Training events           project
                           volunteers.                       will be offered and            commencement.
                               Training will be             required of all                     Training offered
                           provided to project staff         volunteers, including          throughout project
                           as part of the project            interested parties for         period.
                           commitment to staff               outside the core                    Volunteer
                           development.                      project area where             competence after
                               Training will be             this can be                    training provided
                           provided to all                   accommodated                   throughout project
                           volunteers in the                 without threat to              period.
                           project activities to             achievement of the
                           allow those with no               core project activities.
                           prior experience to                   Volunteer training
participate when          and competence will
required levels of        be confirmed to all
competence are            volunteers to approve
confirmed.                their participation.


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