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Applications Invited for BIOPAMA Rapid Response Grants Program 2020

Applications Invited for BIOPAMA Rapid Response Grants Program 2020

Organization: Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA)

Apply By: 31 Dec 2020

Grant Amount: 50000 Euro

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About the Organization:

The BIOPAMA partnership combines the protected areas and the biodiversity conservation expertise of IUCN with the scientific know how of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The direct beneficiaries of the BIOPAMA programme are the protected area actors at the regional, national and local levels, whose efforts will continue to be supported by the provision of tools, services, capacity development and the possibility to finance actions at the site level.

BIOPAMA Call for Proposals for 2020 Rapid Response Grants Program

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) has launched 2020 Rapid Response Grants Program to respond to risks and difficulties induced by the COVID-19 crisis (reallocation of budget at the national level and reduction of budget for PAs, economic consequences for staff, health and security of staff, reduction of incomes from ecotourism, economic consequences for local community livelihoods, health and security of local communities, environmental crimes, etc)

The Rapid Response Grants aim at increasing the resilience of protected areas and local communities’ livelihoods facing the risks and difficulties of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Objectives

Applications should address one of the main RRGs objectives described hereafter:

  • Enhanced management and governance of protected or conserved areas;
  • Increased resilience to major shocks and recovery of the protected and conserved areas including sustainable/innovative funding planning;
  • Maintained livelihoods and/or enhanced resilience of local communities to major shocks caused by COVID pandemic, whilst effectively contributing to protected areas management.

Grant:

  • The overall indicative amount made available for the Rapid Response Grant Call for Proposals is up to two million Euros (EUR 2000000).
  • Size of The Grants: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must be no more than the maximum amount of EUR 50000 with no co-financing required.
  • Duration of The Grant: Rapid Response Grant proposals submitted in response to this call can have a maximum duration of 12 months.
  • Location of The Activities: Actions must take place in one or several of the eligible ACP countries* and within priority areas**

Eligible Activities

Applications should respond to emergency situations requiring rapid action, rather than proposing programmatic action on long-standing issues. Applications should address one of the main RRGs objectives:

  • Enhanced management and governance of protected or conserved areas;
  • Increased resilience to major shocks and recovery of the protected and conserved areas including sustainable/innovative funding planning;
  • Maintained livelihoods and/or enhanced resilience of local communities to major shocks caused by COVID pandemic, whilst effectively contributing to protected areas management.

To be eligible, activities must:

  • Address emergencies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to contain it;
  • Be consistent with the objectives of BIOPAMA RRG (as presented above):
  • Comply with IUCN Environmental and Social Management System;
  • Enable data and information sharing from the project with the BIOPAMA Regional Observatories and RIS;
  • Be cost-efficient and sustainable;
  • Be of practical field application and limited in time to avoid dependency on the support provided by the Action Component.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a BIOPAMA AC Grant, applicants must:
  • be public or private legal entities (e.g. a registered/incorporated company or organisation) registered as a separate legal entity in an eligible ACP country;
  • be already involved in the management, governance and community livelihoods of the targeted ACP priority areas.
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the grant; not acting as an intermediary;
  • not be a beneficiary of any other grant funded by the European Union (including EDF funds) for the same activities.

Deadline: 31 December 2020

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