DAFM on the Hunt: Land Mapping System Contract Up for Grabs!

"Department of Agriculture Seeks Service Providers for €27.8 Million Contract to Modernize Land Parcel Identification System"

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in Ireland is currently seeking tenders from service providers for the update and maintenance of the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) and other digitizing services. The two-year contract, with the possibility of a two-year extension, is estimated to cost approximately €27.8 million, excluding VAT.

Under the regulations of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), all member states of the European Union are required to establish and regularly update a land database system. This system is used to administer payments to farmers under various area-based schemes, including the Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS), the eco-scheme, the Complementary Redistributive Income Support for Sustainability (CRISS), the Agri Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES), the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme, the Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM), and the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS).

The Irish LPIS, originally established by DAFM in 1995, currently contains approximately 1,300,000 land parcels. These parcels are continuously reviewed and updated based on imagery, mapping, and ground inspections. In 2018, the department initiated a rebuild of the system to improve accuracy and implemented a new parcel numbering system. As of now, the updated LPIS database covers 24 counties, with the remaining two counties, Galway and Clare, set to be delivered in early 2024.

The LPIS database must be updated annually to reflect applications and maps received from farmers, as well as record any permanent changes such as the addition of new plots. In 2023, there were 41,754 requests from applicants to change the eligible hectare on certain parcels. Failure to properly maintain and update the LPIS, as determined by a European Commission audit, could result in significant financial penalties.

The successful tenderer will collaborate with the DAFM LPIS Co-ordination team on the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) project. This project, guided by an EU directive, aims to establish a spatial data infrastructure for EU environmental policies and activities that may impact the environment. The updating and maintenance of the LPIS will be conducted at the department’s offices in Portlaoise and Dublin.

In addition to updating land parcel changes on LPIS, the service provider will be responsible for identifying and mapping burnt land and digitizing forestry grant scheme pre-approval applications. The provider will also be expected to digitize all 2024 BISS applications by August 31 and resolve all cases by November 30. Meeting these deadlines is crucial to ensure timely payments to farmers.

The deadline for submission of tenders is set for 3:00 p.m. on January 26, 2024. Furthermore, DAFM is inviting tenders for a service provider to assess its data security efforts. The department has implemented an Information Security Management System (ISMS) in accordance with international standards since 2013 and is committed to protecting its information and that of its customers. The successful tenderer for this contract will be awarded a two-year contract valued at €100,000, excluding VAT, to assess DAFM locations for conformity with the 2013 standard and the 2022 standard when the department decides to migrate to the new standard.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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