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Call for Proposals: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in the Western Indian Ocean

Call for Proposals: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in the Western Indian Ocean

Deadline: 24 May 2020

The Blue Action Fund is pleased to announce a new open call for grant proposals focussing on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change in the Western Indian Ocean. This is a new funding window which provides individual grants to selected NGOs for projects in developing countries that support coastal and marine EbA and sustainable livelihoods.

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Blue Action Fund is looking forward to receiving proposals from NGOs for projects which are situated in Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania and have the following objectives:

  • Enhanced protection and management of coastal ecosystems like mangroves, sea grass, coral reefs and tidal marshes, which are particularly relevant for climate;
  • Change adaptation, focussing on new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), expansion of existing MPAs; or improving management effectiveness of MPAs;
  • Rehabilitation of coastal ecosystems, which are particularly relevant for climate change adaptation;
  • Enhanced livelihood conditions and food securit;
  • Improved knowledge, expertise and capacity of relevant national agencies to use;
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approaches for a climate-resilient coastal zone management.


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Projects are expected to:

  • Be in line with national and regional policies, including climate change policies and priorities, in particular national determined contributions, and national adaptation strategies;
  • Make a significant and measurable contribution to ecosystem-based climate change adaptation;
  • Target > 5,000 direct beneficiaries and > 1,000km² of protected area;
  • Contribute to ensuring longer term funding for effective management of protected areas;
  • Significantly contribute to the EbA-Result Matrix in Annex 1 of this document (substituting Annex 1 of the Grant Procedures Manual for this specific EbA Call);
  • Report on all indicators listed in Annex 2;
  • Ask for a contribution by Blue Action Fund of EUR 2-5 million;
  • Be funded at least 25% by match funding from the grantees.
  • Be completed within 3-5 years.

Funding Information

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The current expectation is that Blue Action Fund will award grants with a total volume of around EUR 30 million.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Eligible applicants are NGOs or consortia of NGOs with proven experience in coastal and marine conservation and sustainable livelihood development in the area. Partners must have demonstrated the capacity to implement larger projects, and their reporting and financial management systems must be compliant with internationally recognised standards. The Fund encourages applications of consortia of NGOs that include local implementing partners;
  • Blue Action Fund’s procedures require that all projects must receive the endorsement of the appropriate authority/authorised body of the country/ies in which the project is located. Applicants must also provide substantial co-funding for the project.

How to Apply

If you are interested in a Blue Action Fund grant, please send your concept note electronically in Word or PDF format [<3MB file size] electronically via given website.

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For more information, visit https://www.blueactionfund.org/call-for-proposals-ecosystem-based-adaptation/

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