Dr Lynne Barratt

ASTRALE (external monitoring team for the LIFE programme)
Dr Lynne Barratt

Lynne Barratt has been a member of the LIFE External Monitoring Team Astrale since 2002 and during that time she has monitored projects in all LIFE brands (ENV/INF/NAT). In addition, she has supported the LIFE Unit by undertaking a number of special assignments including a number of ex-post assessments, special reports and conferences. She made a contribution as team leader and chairman for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive session in the 2009 ‘Water for Life:Life for Water’ conference and as team leader for the session on ‘The Multiplier Effect, How Good Solutions Spread’ for the 2011 Life for our Environment conference. As a consequence she has a deep understanding of the LIFE programmes achievements and of individual projects and the Directives that they serve.

She has forty years experience of undertaking projects related to the water sector in both the UK and overseas and has worked for a wide variety of private sector clients, governments, public authorities and aid agencies. Her main interest is in the marine environment and she has worked in almost forty different countries providing advice and technical services on a wide range of projects relating to the water sector.

Lynne was educated at Liverpool University in the UK and gained her first degree in marine biology she was then awarded a PhD from Lancaster University in physiology and biochemistry. She still enjoys survey work and is still an enthusiastic SCUBA diver after 40 plus years in the water.

European water policy has changed significantly over the last 20 years moving from quality standards to a fully integrated approach. The LIFE programme is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects and this year is the 20th anniversary of the programme. This presentation will focus on how the LIFE programme has affected water policy, whether the programme has responded to the changing impetus of the regulatory framework and what the future might hold for the programme.