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8th Call for Proposals

 

Download the 8th call for proposals: English & French 

 

For large grants (of more than USD 20,000) and small grants (of USD 20,000 or less) in Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC, Tanzania and Zambia

The opening and deadline dates for this call for letters of inquiry:

Opening Date:    Monday 04 August 2014

Deadline Date:   For large grants: Monday 15 September 2014

                               For small grants: Monday 29 September 2014

 

CALL FOR LETTERS OF INQUIRY

BirdLife International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, in their role as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critcal Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot, invite civil society organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for projects in countries within the Hotspot per the Scope of this Call, as described below.

The Critcal Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initative of l’Agence Française de Dévelopement, Conservation International (CI), the European Union, the Global Environment Facilty, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. More information on CEPF can be found at www.cepf.net and at www.birdlife.org/africa/project/cepf-eastern-afromontane-hotspot

The Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot stretches over a curving arc of more than 7,00 kilometers from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique. Within this area, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) cover an area of more than 50 milion hectares, of which only 38 percent have full legal protection and variable amounts of government funding.

CEPF’s niche for investment in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot was formulated through a participatory process that engaged civil society, donor and governmental stakeholders throughout the region. The results of this process and the five-year (2012-2017) strategy that CEPF has identifed for supporting biodiversity conservation in the region are outlined in the Ecosystem Profile, available at: www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/africa/eastern_afromontane/Pages/default.aspx2


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Non-governmental organisations, community groups, private enterprises, universites and other civil society applicants may apply for funding. Applications from organizations that propose to build capacity of local civil society and community groups are particularly encouraged. Projects must be located within the sites and countries identifed above and in the Ecosystem Profile. Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.

Government-owned enterprises or instiutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or instiution:

i. has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
i. has the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
i. may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity


ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

This is the eighth of several Calls for Proposals over the investment period of 2012-2017 and as such, is purposefuly limited in scope. This call invites applicants to submit Letters of Inquiry that will contribute to CEPF Strategic Direction 1, Investment Priority 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3; and Strategic Direction 2, Investment Priority 2.1, described in the Ecosystem Profile. We will not accecpt proposals for other Strategic Directions / Investment Priorities for this call.

Strategic
Direction 1
Mainstream biodiversity into wider development policies, plans and projects to deliver the co- benefits of biodiversity conservation, improved local livelihoods and economic development in priority corridors
Investment
Priority 1.1
For projects that will ensure all or some of the following:
1. A better integration of biodiversity into existing local development planning process in priority KBAs – e.g. local village plans, village forest reserve plans, etc;
2. Advocacy activities to contact donors (government, instiutional donors, foundations, NGOs) to establish the different components of local plans;
3. Initation of local development planing process in priority KBAs, bringing together development and environment NGOs. The plans should take into consideration livelihoods and biodiversity issues such as agricultural production, forest (and natural areas) protection, water esources preservation, energy production, alternative livelihood activities and health and the adaptation (and potentialy mitgation) of climate change.
4. Direct support to activities that have a direct and measurable impact on biodiversity, such as alternative livelihood options, better natural resources management, etc.
5. Components related to biodiversity protection in livelihood activities supported by other donors (such as monitoring biodiversity).
6. Activities to scale up the working methodologies and projects in relation to Investment Priority 1.2 (briefly described below).
Investment Priority 1.2

The key objective of this investment priority is to ensure that KBA conservation is integrated into national/district land use and development plans by providing the opportunity for civil society to engage with planning proceses led by government and donors. It focuses on the need to engage
directly with the wider development agenda while building on the previous investment priority, which focuses on the community/localevel. Under this investment priority, CEPF will fund activities that support:
1. Advocacy work at the policy level, with national authorites or major donor agencies (instiutional or foundation) to ensure integration of biodiversity concerns in high-level3 planning. These activities would focus specifically on policies that might have a high impact on biodiversity in the concerned countries, such as agriculture, energy or fisheries;
2. Engaging civil society organizations in land-use/teritorial planning proceses at national/district scale in priority corridors to ensure KBA conservation needs are taken into account;
3. Strengthening or creating networks, platforms or alliances bringing together environmental civil society organizations or bridging environmental and development organizations for a better integration of biodiversity and development.

4. Participation of environmental civil society in the development of regional/national climate change policies and plans to ensure mainstreaming of biodiversity.

5. Mainstreaming biodiversity at landscape level planning, such as for deforestation, creating buffer areas around protected areas through agroforestry, controlling invasive alien species and watershed management.
6. Improving (and diseminating) knowledge of baseline data and monitoring of change and impacts, especially in relation to forest cover at landscape levels or variation in fish stocks for freshwater KBAs in concerned corridors.
7. Developing tols and trainings for decision makers to enhance their comprehension of biodiversity and how to take its conservation into account in development planning.
8. Poling and sharing experience within and between priority corridors in the development and implementation of biodiversity conservation and livelihood projects to learn from and faciltate the transfer or scaling-up of best practices.
9. Where regulatory and legal frameworks are barriers to implementation or integration, projects to support creation of an apropriate legal, regulatory, instiutional, rights-based environment at the local level and directly linked to priority KBAs.
10. Participation of civil society in strategic environmental asesments when they are tied to policies that could impact KBAs and biodiversity in the concerned corridors.

Investment
Priority 1.3
We are looking for projects that will support civil society to build positve relationships with the private sector to develop sustainable, long-term economic activities that will benefit biodiversity and reduce poverty in priority corridors.
Specifically under this investment priority, CEPF will fund activities that support:
1. Development of standards and labels for biodiversity-friendly production of high added- value export products. This could comprise—but is not limited to—coffee, tea or timber.
2. Identifcation and implementation of sustainable economic activities engaging private sector and communites, in order to bring direct economic benefits to communites to engage in conservation. Such activities would help civil society organizations link with the private sector in developing additonal appropriate ecotourism ventures that exploit the many similar attractions and opportunites in the hotspot, channel benefits to local communites, and build politcal support for KBA conservation (in particular in Ethiopia).
Non-timber forest products can also be targeted for alternative livelihoods funding if they are extracted according to a sustainable management plan and any additonal local agreements and management mechanisms.
3. Projects that investigate the potential for corporate responsibilty programs with local private sector entries.
N.B: Private sector enterprises could also receive grants directly for nonprofit activities, following the CEPF regulations for granting to the private sector.
Strategic
Direction 2
To improve the protection and management of the network of KBAs (Key Biodiversity Areas / high conservation value areas) throughout the hotspot
Investment
Priority 2.1

Available funds are for projects that will work to increase the protection status (via creation or expansion of protected areas) and/or develop, update and implement management plans for terrestrial priority KBAs.

This investment priority targets terrestrial priority KBAs in the hotspot, particularly KBAs that are currently unprotected or only partially protected. Eligible activities under this investment priority include:

1. Preparation of proposals and advocacy for designation of unprotected or partially protected KBAs with appropriate national protected area status;
2. Advancing the necessary technical and legal proceses to achieve legal recogniton of these KBAs
3. Development and implementation of new (if none exists) or improved management plans
4. Support may also be provided for the development of monitoring schemes for biodiversity within the protected area and the application of GEF‘s Management Efectivenes Tracking Tool.

 

Please see also Chapter 12 of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Ecosystem Profile, containing CEPF’s Investment Strategy and Programmatic Focus, which is available here and here. Grants cannot be used for:

i. the purchase of land, involuntary resetlement of people including displacement of land uses or impeding acces to traditonal uses of natural resources, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communites;
i. activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communites have not provided their broad support to the project activities; or
i. the removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (including sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).

 

ELIGIBLE BUDGET

This call for proposals is open for both large grants (of more than USD 20,000) and small grants (of USD 20,000 or less). For large grants, the expected average size of grants will be USD 10,000 - USD 150,000 for 1-3 year projects.

 

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES

Eligible countries for this call are: Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC, Tanzania and Zambia.

ELIGIBLE SITES (Key Biodiversity Areas) 

Please see the table of eligible KBAs (sites) per country below. This list of eligible countries/sites applies to all Investment Priorities under this call. 

CountrySites
EthiopiaSheka Forest (Metu-Gore-Tepi)
Awi Zone
Little Abai River
Mount Guna
Wadela
Lake Tana
Aliyu Amba-Dulecha5
Ankober-Debre Sina Escarpment
Guasa Plateau/Guasa Grassland Reserve
RwandaLake Kivu (Rwanda)
DRCLake Kivu (DRC)
TanzaniaKitulo Plateau
Livingstone Mountains Forests
Mbeya Range
Mount Rungwe
Njombe Forests
ZambiaMafinga Hills

 

KML files for Gogle Earth maps with eligible sites (KBA) layers are also available on www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/africa/eastern_afromontane/

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR APPLICATION ADDRESES ONE OF THE KBAs LISTED IN THE TABLE ABOVE. We will not be able to fund projects that are not benefiting an Eastern Afromontane KBA, or an Eastern Afromontane KBA that is not in the above list.

 

APPLICATION

For large grants:
Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in English or in French using the form referenced at www.cepf.net/grants/aply/Pages/default.aspx.

Both PDF and Word files are available in English and French on this website. LOIs must be submitted electronically to CEPF at cepfeafromontane@conservation.org by 15 September 2014. CEPF will not accept hardcopy LOIs. You will receive an email acknowledgement acknowledging receipt of your application. 

For small grants:
Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in English or French using the forms available on www.birdlife.org/worldwide/project/cepf-eam-application-guidance (under ‘For small grants’).

LOIs must be submitted electronically to BirdLife International at CEPF-EAM-SGP@birdlife.org by 29 September 2014. We will not accept hard copy LOIs. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. 

 

Download the 8th call for proposals: English & French 

 

7th Call for Proposals

 

Download the 7th call for proposals: English & French 

 

For small grants (up to USD 10,000) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

The opening and deadline dates for this call for letters of inquiry:

Opening Date:    Wednesday 30 July 2014

Deadline Date:   This is an open-ended call. Applications can be submitted at any time until further notice

 

CALL FOR LETTERS OF INQUIRY

BirdLife International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, in their role as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot, invite civil society organizations to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for projects in countries within the Hotspot per the Scope of this Call, as described below.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International (CI), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. More information on CEPF can be found at www.cepf.net and www.birdlife.org/africa/project/cepf-eastern-afromontane-hotspot

The Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot stretches over a curving arc of more than 7,000 kilometers from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique. Within this area, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) cover an area of more than 50 million hectares, of which only 38 percent have full legal protection and variable amounts of government funding.

CEPF’s niche for investment in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot was formulated through a participatory process that engaged civil society, donor and governmental stakeholders throughout the region. The results of this process and the five-year (2012-2017) strategy that CEPF has identified for supporting biodiversity conservation in the region are outlined in the Ecosystem Profile, available at:

www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/africa/eastern_afromontane/Pages/default.aspx

and at

www.birdlife.org/africa/cepf-eam-resources

Interested parties are strongly advised to read the Ecosystem Profile, with particular attention given to the chapters on the CEPF Investment Strategy and Programmatic Focus (chapter 12). This chapter is also available as a separate document, and can be found on

www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/africa/eastern_afromontane/Pages/default.aspx

and at

www.birdlife.org/africa/cepf-eam-resources

 

This call for proposals is open for small grants (of up to USD 10,000) only.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Non-governmental organisations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other civil society applicants may apply for funding. Applications from organizations that propose to build capacity of local civil society and community groups are particularly encouraged. Projects must be located within the sites and countries identified above and in the Ecosystem Profile. Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions.

Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution: 

i. has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
ii. has the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
iii. may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity

 

SCOPE OF CALL

This is one of several Calls for Proposals over the investment period of 2012-2017 and as such, is purposefully limited in scope. This call invites applicants to submit Letters of Inquiry that will contribute to CEPF Strategic Direction 2, Investment Priority 2.2, as described in the Ecosystem Profile. We will not accept proposals for other Strategic Directions / Investment Priorities for this call.

Eligible countries for this call are: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Projects addressing the following Strategic Directions and Investment Priorities are eligible for this call:

Strategic Direction 2Improve the protection and management of the KBA network throughout the hotspot.
Investment Priority 2.2

We are looking for projects that will support the role of civil society organizations in the application of site safeguard policies and procedures in order to avoid or minimize / mitigate ongoing and emerging threats on critical biodiversity habitats posed by development projects. These safeguard policies and procedures include (among others):

1. The strengthening of environmental impact assessment implementation;
2. Application of the World Bank policy on natural habitats;
3. Application of the Equator Principles;
4. International Finance Corp Standards;
5. Certification and Accreditation Schemes.

We will also support interventions of CSOs such advocacy and technical input to environmental impact assessments, review of such assessments, support for consultations with local stakeholders, the building of alliances across different interest groups, and the development of economic alternatives.

 

Please see also Chapter 12 of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Ecosystem Profile, containing CEPF’s Investment Strategy and Programmatic Focus, which is available here and here.

See also www.birdlife.org/worldwide/projects/cepf-strategic-directions-and-investment-priorities

 

This call for proposals is aimed to provide a 'rapid response fund' to protect Key Biodiversity Areas under immediate and urgent threat.

 

Grants cannot be used for:

i. the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people including displacement of land uses or impeding access to traditional uses of natural resources, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities;
ii. activities adversely affecting Indigenous Peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities; or
iii. the removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (including sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).

 

This call for proposals is open for small grants (of up to USD 10,000) only.

 

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES 

Eligible countries for this call are: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

 

ELIGIBLE SITES (Key Biodiversity Areas)

Eligible sites for this call are: all Afromontane terrestrial KBAs and all Afromontane priority freshwater KBAs*. A list of Key Biodiversity Areas can be found in Tables 12.1 and 12.2, and Appendix 2 of the Ecosystem Profile. A table of KBAs has also been provided at the end of this call for proposals.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR APPLICATION ADDRESSES ONE OF THE KBAs LISTED IN THE APPENDIX TO THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS. We will not be able to fund projects that are not benefiting an Eastern Afromontane KBA.

 

* NB grants cannot be used for activities in Afromontane KBAs which were previously included in the Eastern Arc and Coastal Forest Hotspot (Kenya and Tanzania) These are: in Kenya: Taita Hills Forests; in Tanzania: East Usambara Mountains * Mahenge Mountains * Nguru Mountains * North Pare Mountains * Rubeho Mountains * South Pare Mountains * Udzungwa Mountains * Ukaguru Mountains * Uluguru Mountains * West Usambara Mountains * Udzungwa Mountains Catchment * Uluguru Mountains Catchment

 

APPLICATION

Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in English, French, or Portuguese (download here or see for more details www.birdlife.org/worldwide/project/cepf-eam-application-guidance under ‘For small grants’).

LOIs must be submitted electronically to BirdLife International at CEPF-EAM-SGP@birdlife.org. We will not accept hard copy LOIs. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

 

ADVISORY SERVICE

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas with the EAM RIT at CEPF-EAM-RIT@birdlife.org.

Discussing your proposal idea with us before submitting it will increase the chance of success significantly (based on experiences during previous calls for proposals).

 

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

All potential applicants should refer to the Ecosystem Profile, the LOI Form, and the following references available on the CEPF website:

 

All required documentation, information, guidance, formats and news are also available on
www.birdlife.org/africa/project/cepf-eastern-afromontane-hotspot

 

CONTACT

Further information and assistance can be obtained from:

CEPF Eastern Afromontane Regional Implementation Team (EAM-RIT), BirdLife International, Africa Partnership Secretariat - off Rhapta Road, Volker’s Garden, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
PO BOX 3502, 00100 GPO Nairobi, Kenya - Tel: +254 (0)20 247 3259; Fax: +254 (0)20 806 8315
www.cepf.net    -    www.birdlife.org/africa     -     www.iucn.org    -    www.ewnhs.org.et

Annex: Eligible Countries and Sites

KML files for Google Earth maps with eligible sites (KBA) layers are also available on www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/africa/eastern_afromontane/

 

Countries

KBAs

Countries

KBAs

Uganda

Budongo Forest Reserve

Bugoma Central Forest Reserve

Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Echuya Forest Reserve

Itwara

Kagombe Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Karuma

Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve

Kibale National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kyambura Wildlife Reserve

Mafuga Forest Reserve

Matiri Forest Reserve

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mount Elgon, Uganda

Mount Kadam

Mount Moroto Forest Reserve

Murchison Falls National Park

Nyamuriro Swamp

Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Semiliki National Park and Semiliki Reserve

Kenya

Aberdare Mountains

Cherangani Hills

Chyulu Hills

Kianyaga Valleys

Kikuyu Escarpment Forest

Kinangop Grasslands

Laikipia National Reserve

Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Ol’ Bolossat

Marsabit

Masai Mara

Mathews Range

Mau Forest Complex

Mau Narok – Molo Grasslands

Mount Elgon, Kenya

Mount Kenya

Mount Kulal Forest

Mount Nyiru

Mukurweini Valleys

Ol Jogi Rhinoceros S Private Reserve

South Nandi Forest

South Nguruman

Burundi

Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Kibira National Park

Lake Tanganyika (Burundi)

Mukungu-Rukamabasi

Nyamugari

Rusizi National Park

Rwanda

Cyamudongo Forest

Gishwati

Lake Kivu ( Rwanda)

Mukura Reserve

Nyungwe National Park

Rugezi Marsh

Volcanoes National Park

DRC

Forests west of Lake Edward

Ijdwi Island (Lake Kivu)

Irangi Forest

Itombwe Mountains

Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Lake Kivu (DRC)

Lake Tanganyika (DRC)

LaLuama-Katanga-Mount Kabobo

Lendu Plateau

Marungu highlands

Mount Hoyo Reserve

Rutshuru

Virunga National Park

Malawi

Dedza Forest Reserve

Lake Malawi/Niassa (Malawi)

Misuku Hills Forest Reserves (including Mugesse)

Mount Mulanje Forest Reserve

Mtangatanga and Perekezi forest reserves

Ntichisi Mountain Forest Reserve

Nyika National Park (Malawi)

Soche Mountain Forest Reserve

South Viphya Forest Reserve

Uzumara Forest Reserve

Zomba Mountains

Zambia

Mafinga Hills

Lake Tanganyika (Zambia)

Mweru Wantipa National Park

Nyika National Park (Zambia)

Sumbu National Park and Tondwa GMA

Zimbabwe

Banti Forest Reserve

Chimanimani Mountains (Zimbabwe)

Chirinda Forest

Nyanga Mountains

Stapleford Forest

Vumba Highlands

 

Download the 7th call for proposals: English & French

 

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