CEPF: Updating the Ecosystem Profile for Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has announced the applications to update the ecosystem profile for Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot to identify and prioritize Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) actions by civil society organizations.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Development (AFD), Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank.
A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.
The successful applicant(s) will work under the supervision of the CEPF Secretariat, which will organize an initial orientation, provide all relevant background documents, and ensure coordination of the three work packages for the four targeted countries.
The main tasks under each work package e are described in detail:
Work Package 1. Identification of important ecosystem services and areas for EbA, using a KBA+ methodology
Under Work Package 1, the successful applicant(s) will identify ecosystem services important to island populations in the target countries, through literature review and stakeholder consultation. Next, the successful applicant(s) will map these ecosystem services spatially, using available national, regional and/or global data sets, supplemented, where needed, by expert opinion. The successful applicant(s) will then overlay these datasets with the existing map of KBAs to prepare draft KBA+ tables and maps. There will be no requirement to identify new KBAs or to update previous KBA analyses, although new data may be incorporated where available.
Work Package 2. Stakeholder consultations to set priorities for CEPF investment in EbA
Under Work Package 2, the successful applicant(s) will facilitate stakeholder consultations in the four target countries. These consultations should involve a wide range of stakeholders, from academic institutions, NGOs, government agencies (including the Nationally Designated Authorities (NDAs) for the GCF), donors, community groups and private companies. Consultations should be conducted at the national level and, where appropriate, at the sub-national level.
Work Package 3. Drafting of an updated ecosystem profile for the Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Hotspot
Under Work Package 3, the successful applicant(s) will update the English version of the existing ecosystem profile, incorporating the outputs of Work Packages 1 and 2, complemented, where needed, by additional literature review, targeted consultations with academics and conservation practitioners, and other appropriate data gathering methods. Each chapter of the ecosystem profile will be updated to incorporate new information and analysis that has become available since 2014. The updated profile will set out a situational analysis based upon a review of EbA priorities, threats, policy environment, civil society context and patterns of conservation investment by other funders, and present a five-year investment strategy with geographic and thematic priorities for CEPF grant-making.
The total funding available for Work Package 1 is US$60,000.
The total funding available for Work Package 2 is US$60,000.
The total funding available for Work Package 3 is US$80,000.
Applicants may apply to undertake work package(s) in one, two, three or four of the following countries.
Union of the Comoros
Republic of Madagascar
Republic of Mauritius
Republic of the Seychelles
CEPF will accept proposals from any qualified organization anywhere in the world, including non-governmental organizations, private companies and academic institutions. Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can establish that the enterprise or institution:
has a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
has the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
is not able to assert a claim of sovereign immunity.
For more information, visit https://www.cepf.net/grants/open-calls-for-proposals/2021-madio-ecosystem-profile-update