Indian Ocean, Polar/Sub-polar and South Atlantic regions are now able to seek funding for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
Today, the BEST (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Overseas Territories) 2.0 Programme is launching its second Medium grant call for proposals (< EUR 100,000 and < EUR 400,000) to support projects that promote the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services it supports, as a basis for sustainable development in EU OCTs. This second medium grant call for proposals is open to applications from the Indian Ocean, Polar/Sub-polar and South Atlantic regions.
The BEST 2.0 Programme, coordinated by IUCN and supported by the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) as part of the EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) initiative is offering much needed, accessible and targeted funding for on-the-ground conservation action and sustainable development. The 2015 call already funded 8 medium grant projects. Projects that focus on the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, sustainable use of ecosystem services and natural resources will be considered for funding.
On the dedicated BEST 2.0 Programme’s portal, interested parties can find the guidelines to apply for a medium grant, criteria, answers to frequently asked questions and lessons learnt from the former call. Eligible applicants can submit a full proposal until the 25th of July 2016.
Further information can be found on the EC BEST website, including the BEST initiative history, fact sheets on previously funded projects and updates on the work of the regional partners.
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