Call for Project Proposals for Conservation of Globally Threatened Trees
The Fondation Franklinia is accepting project proposals focused on in-situ conservation of globally threatened trees.
Priority will be given to projects targeting Critically Endangered and Endangered species.
Projects targeting Vulnerable species will be accepted when immediate investments will be necessary to stop a rapid decline.
The Foundation will favour projects of global relevance (globally threatened species) versus projects protecting species locally or regionally threatened.
Projects must implement concrete on-the-ground conservation actions. Projects can span over a period of up to 3 years. The necessary information must be provided to answer the following questions:
Does the project leader have the necessary experience and knowledge?
Does the project take into account experience gained at the proposed site or in another region?
Do the target species need to be replanted or is there sufficient natural regeneration?
Does the project reduce the most significant threats to the target species?
Is the project likely to negatively impact other species?
Is there sufficient genetic diversity of nursery-reared seedlings?
What is the expected survival rate of the plantations?
Is the environmental impact of the project reasonable (team and infrastructure near the site…)?
What is the long term vision: 10 – 30 years (once new trees have reached maturity)?
Only projects aiming at improving the conservation status of globally threatened tree species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened species are eligible.
Threatened species include those listed as Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN) or Critically Endangered (CR). Therefore, applicants must check the status of their target species at www.iucnredlist.org to ensure that their project is eligible.
If a species is considered as threatened but the assessment is not yet published on the Red List website, detailed additional information justifying a VU, EN or CR status must be provided.
Any organisation with well-established expertise and efficiency in plant conservation can apply.
The Foundation can fund projects implemented all over the world but will favour areas with high biological diversity as well as areas where needs are important and funding opportunities are limited.
When there are several projects in the same geographical area, the Foundation wishes to see concrete collaboration between the different organisations active in the field, especially those it already supports.
Projects must include specific indicators (KPIs) measurable and verifiable allowing to assess their implementation and impact on the ground.
The foundation developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework which allows tracking its impact at global level (document available in annex); each project should include specific indicators (with target values) aligned with the foundation’s global indicators and indicate the long term vision (10-30 years; once new trees have reached maturity).
At least one indicator must relate to a direct action on species. Representatives of the Foundation may travel to project sites in order to evaluate project implementation and impact.
Note: Proposals can be submitted in French or English.
For more information, visit https://fondationfranklinia.org/en/call-for-proposals-open/