CEPF call for proposals for North Africa

Application deadline: Sunday, 25. May 2014 - 0:00


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has announced a new call for proposals focusing on Coastal Zones in North Africa

A new funding opportunity has been announced focusing on civil society involvement in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM); with the aim of minimising the negative effects of coastal development in North Africa.

BirdLife International, in its role as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot, is inviting proposals in the form of Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for large grants from non-governmental organisations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other civil society organisations.

This is the fifth call for large grant applications (between $20,000 and US $200,000) issued by BirdLife International and CEPF for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot. A total of 29 key biodiversity coastal areas are eligible for this call in 5 countries: Algeria, Cape Verde, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The deadline for receipt of LOIs is on 25th May 2014.

All applicants should read the full eligibility details and guidelines for the call here: English versionFrench version

CEPF has invested in various projects related to the conservation and management of coastal zones and marine protected areas throughout the Mediterranean. This region has rich maritime coastlines located in two areas: the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Tourism development is one of the key pressures on the region, which is impacting both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. To mitigate this threat, civil society involvement in the development and implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is key.

To help reduce the negative impacts on biodiversity and natural resources, local stakeholders can be supported to advance and benefit from nature-based tourism, and the tourism market can be made aware of sustainable nature-based products. There is considerable experience of ICZM and the promotion of sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean and it’s vital this experience is shared and that civil society competencies are strengthened through technical assistance and training. In this call, CEPF encourages civil society organizations to examine these themes and submit project ideas for the North African sub-region of the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot. 

The Mediterranean Basin, which stretches across 2 million square kilometers and 34 countries, east from Portugal to Jordan, and south from northern Italy to Cape Verde; is one of 35 biodiversity hotspots identified around the globe. The Mediterranean is one of the most remarkable regions of the world by its great biological diversity and its spectacular landscapes. It is the third largest hotspot in terms of floristic diversity, with approximately 13,000 endemic or unique species from 30,000 plant species.

CEPF is designed to safeguard Earth’s biologically richest and most threatened regions known as biodiversity hotspots. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. Additional support in the Mediterranean Basin is provided by the MAVA Foundation. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. For more information on CEPF please visit www.cepf.net.

For each active biodiversity hotspot, CEPF manages projects through a Regional Implementation Team (RIT). The Mediterranean Basin RIT is made up of members based at BirdLife International, including its Middle East office and BirdLife Partners; DOPPS (BirdLife Slovenia) and LPO - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (BirdLife in France). The RIT is available to provide advice and guidance on calls for proposals, project ideas, partnerships and exchanges. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project ideas and eligibility with the RIT at: cepf-med-rit@birdlife.org

The RIT also recommends that applicants review the Mediterranean Basin Ecosystem Profile, and particularly the written descriptions of the CEPF niche and investment strategy under the section ‘CEPF Investment Strategy and Program Focus’, to prepare an LOI that addresses the priorities identified for funding. The profile can be found here: English versionFrench version

The Letter of Inquiry template is available here and final LOIs should be sent as an attachment to: cepfmed@conserservation.org.

The grants awarded to civil society organisations from this fund will work towards safeguarding globally threatened species and critical sites in the Mediterranean Basin. These investments will promote innovative partnerships between NGOs, government, local communities and land-owners to enhance conservation and connectivity in the Mediterranean Basin.