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Call for Proposals: keeping Nature at the Heart of Post-COVID Recovery

Call for Proposals: keeping Nature at the Heart of Post-COVID Recovery


Deadline: 23-Oct-20

MAVA is seeking to support activities that strengthen nature conservation in the immediate recovery phase and the mid-term (re)construction phase of the COVID crisis.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our vulnerabilities even further and brought to light our broken relationship with nature. There are more voices in all spheres asking to “build back better”, to ‘reset’ the economy and to redirect our economic and financial systems to take better account of our natural capital, whose erosion is compromising the survival of many species, including human beings.

This call for proposals seeks to support activities that strengthen nature conservation in the immediate recovery phase and the mid-term (re)construction phase of the COVID crisis. They are seeking innovative ideas to better promote nature in the (post)-COVID-19 world that is currently being shaped.

As economic and financial systems are rebooted, they are aiming for ideas for actions in a broad range of areas and sectors that can translate into tangible impacts for nature and biodiversity conservation.

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MAVA Foundation will provide funding to successful applicants, for:

Supporting/influencing the formulation of recovery plans or other initiatives to:
Increase recovery spending for nature conservation (immediate recovery);
Ensure that nature and environmental sustainability are solidly embedded in the economic rebuild and associated future spending (beyond immediate recovery);
Use current stimulus spending for structural reform in economic or financial systems for more nature;
Ensure that the conditions attached to receiving funding from recovery plans are met and include nature.
Promoting/negotiating debt-for-nature swaps in MAVA regions.
Other ideas for greening the post-COVID recovery dynamics in line with MAVA’s mission and vision.
Funding Information

The overall budget available for this call is CHF 2 000 000. The maximum grant duration has been fixed to 18 months (maximum end date is 31 July 2022).
They expect the typical grant size to be between CHF 400’000 and CHF 500’000. However, budgets between CHF 100,000 and CHF 700,000 will be considered.
Eligibility Criteria

The geographical scope of the propositions can either be global or target more specifically one or more of MAVA regions, namely: the Mediterranean, Coastal West Africa, Switzerland, and the EU countries.
The proposals should have an emphasis on the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components. Proposals targeting only climate change mitigation are excluded.
Selection Criteria

The main criteria for selecting proposals are as follows:

The extent of expected positive impact for nature, measurable by July 2022;
Proven track record;
Capacity for quick start-up (appropriate staff in place for a starting date no later than January 2021);
Strong organization, including a sufficient capacity to upscale activities;
Team profile and network.
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