Since July 2013, IUCN (with partners the Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-conservation Network (MERN) and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG)) has been leading the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in Indo-Burma. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank, which has a fundamental goal of ensuring civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. The Indo-Burma hotspot comprises the non-marine parts of Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and parts of southern China. This current phase of investment by CEPF in Indo-Burma will continue until 2018. For more information, please see the CEPF website, the IUCN website, or contact the RIT at CEPF-Indoburma@iucn.org.
To date the CEPF RIT has ssued calls for proposals in all six countries of the hotspot, reviewed over 330 applications, and are in the process of awarding approximately 70 grants - both small grants (up to $20,000) and large grants (over $20,000, and typically less than $250,000), to both international NGOs and local groups. In addition to funding work with a strong focus on biodiversity conservation, we intend that these projects (and the ongoing coordination and capacity-building work of the RIT) will support the development more generally of civil society in the region - galvanizing local conservation movements to be more effective in protecting their nation's natural wealth.
The new "Call for Proposals", is being issued for work by local groups in Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, and China. The deadline for submission of Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) is 17:30 (Bangkok time), Monday 18th August 2014. More information, and the format for submitting LoIs may be found on the IUCN website. Project awarded grants following this call must address one of the following Strategic Directions:
Strategic Direction 4. Empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of priority key biodiversity areas
NOTE: Projects under this strategic direction must focus on one or more of the priority sites identified in Table 24 on page 198 in the Ecosystem Profile. If in doubt, please contact the RIT.
4.1 Raise awareness about biodiversity conservation legislation among target groups at priority sites
4.2 Pilot and amplify community forests, community fisheries and community-managed protected areas
4.3 Develop co-management mechanisms for formal protected areas that enable community participation in
all levels of management
Strategic Direction 6. Engage key actors in mainstreaming biodiversity, communities and livelihoods into development planning in the priority corridors
NOTE: Projects under this strategic direction must focus on one or more of the priority corridors identified in Table 24 on page 198 in the Ecosystem Profile. If in doubt, please contact the RIT.
6.1 Support civil society efforts to analyze development policies, plans and programs, evaluate their impact on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods and propose alternative development scenarios and
appropriate mitigating measures where needed
6.2 Integrate the biodiversity and ecosystem service values of priority corridors into land-use and
development planning at all levels
6.3 Develop protocols and demonstration projects for ecological restoration that improve the biodiversity
performance of national forestry programs
6.4 Engage the media as a tool to increase awareness and inform public debate of environmental issues
Strategic Direction 8. Strengthen the capacity of civil society to work on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods at regional, national, local and grassroots levels
8.1 Support networking activities that enable collective civil society responses to priority and emerging
8.2 Provide core support for the organizational development of domestic civil society organizations
8.3 Establish clearing house mechanisms to match volunteers to civil society organizations’ training needs
CEPF Regional Implementation Team
IUCN Asia Regional Office
63 Sukhumvit Soi 39
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 2 662 4029 (Ext 152)
Fax: + 66 2 662 4387