Supported by the German Government, the German Development Bank (KfW) and IUCN launched the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) in 2014. ITHCP is a strategic funding mechanism which aims to save tigers in the wild, their habitats and to support human populations in key locations throughout Asia. The programme contributes to the international goal set up during the 2010 St- Petersburg Tiger Summit to double wild tiger populations by 2022 (up to 6’000 tigers), starting from a baseline global population of 3’200, which was the IUCN Red List population estimate at that time.
IUCN, the programme implementing agency, has so far issued two calls for proposals in October 2014 and in June 2015. Overall 94 concept notes were received from across the 9 tiger range countries eligible under this scheme, representing a total ask of nearly 170m EUR. The selection was therefore competitive and the ITHCP Secretariat (Jean-Christophe Vié, Sugoto Roy and Thomas Gelsi) relied on ten Advisory Committee members and a pool of 40 external experts for identifying, scoring and evaluating the projects with the best potential.
Grants proposed under the programme range from 700.000 to 2 million EUR allocated to consortia made of NGOs, Government Departments and local community organisations.
ITHCP has a current portfolio of 7 projects located within Tiger Conservation Landscapes (TCLs), which are areas universally considered as the most crucial for long term tiger conservation. So far 10.2 million EUR have been committed by IUCN-KfW for these sites.
These projects involve improving the management of tiger habitats, tackling human-tiger conflicts, increasing anti-poaching and law enforcement efforts and engaging and actively involving local communities in tiger conservation. An average 26 % of project funds is dedicated to infrastructural investments and 13 % of project budgets is to provide local communities with sustainable livelihoods, e.g. with clean energy sources, predator-proof protection systems and development of ecotourism ventures.
Most of these initiatives were built from concept notes and were given project preparation grants to strengthen partnerships and to carry out socio economic assessments and consultations with local communities, crucial aspect of the programme. In this regard ITHCP is testing the new system developed within IUCN, the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS). Many of the projects are landscape-scale, transboundary initiatives that involve cooperation between local communities, governments, local and international NGOs.
There is currently no open call for proposals and we do not accept rolling applications.
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