20 Nov 2013

Grants for conservation and communications projects in the Mediterranean

Grants for conservation and communications projects in the Mediterranean. Photo: Pierre Carret
By Liz Smith

BirdLife International, in its role as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot has announced a call for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for small grants for biodiversity conservation and communication projects.

This is the 3rd call for LOIs for small grants (up to $20,000) issued by The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to safeguard biodiversity in the Mediterranean. Applications are encouraged from non-governmental organisations, community groups, private enterprises, universities and other civil society organisations; and should focus on the following countries:

Albania, Algeria, Jordan, Libya, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Morocco and Tunisia.

The focus of this call is for conservation projects that:

  • Promote civil society involvement in integrated coastal zone management (ICZM)
  • Establish the sustainable management of water catchments and the wise use of water resources
  • Improve the conservation and protection status of priority Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)

There is an additional thematic focus on communications projects that develop innovative communication tools to engage civil society in biodiversity conservation; and document successful stories and lessons learnt in current CEPF-funded projects in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot. Ordinary and classical project ideas that focus only on public awareness programs will not be accepted.

For more detailed information about eligible sites, investment priorities and project ideas, please read the Call for LOIs document (available in other languages here).

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All applicants must use a Letter of Inquiry template and completed LOIs should be sent as an e-mail attachment to: cepf-med-rit@birdlife.org

The deadline for receipt of LOIs is 15 January 2014.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you!

The Mediterranean Basin RIT


BirdLife International, including its Middle East office and the BirdLife partners DOPPS/BirdLife Slovenia and LPO - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux/BirdLife France, is providing the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for CEPF in the Mediterranean Hotspot.

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. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.