The call for concept notes for the second phase of MFF India's Small Grant projects was announced in early June this year. 27 concept notes were recieved in answer to the call! A sub-committee of the NCB met to evaluate the concept notes in early August; 10 concept notes were shortlisted and later approved by the full committee at the 6th meeting of the MFF India NCB in New Delhi.
All 10 potential project partners were invited for a project proposal writing workshop, conducted by Dr. Don Mcintosh in late August. They were trained in preparing logical frameworks, activity based budgets, timelines and other project design tools. The final project proposals were recieved in early September; in the course of this process 2 projects were withdrawn by the project proponents.
5 projects will be contracted for implementation from early December 2011.
1. A community based restoration, plantation and conservation of mangroves in village Kantiyajal Bharuch, Gujarat towards the sustainable coastal zone - Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL - a Tata Power Company)
2. Seagrass resource survey and assessment in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay, Southeastern India - Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI)
3. Stakeholder led management planning for Vembanad Kol backwaters, Kerala - Wetlands International - South Asia
4. An assessment of the past and present dsitribution of the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) across the Indian Peninsula - Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)
5. Commercially important gastropod shell resourcs and trade in India: Distribution, Status & Conservation Strategies - World Wildlife Fund (WWF), India
3 projects will be contracted for implementation from early 2012
1. Community stewardship in conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangroves in Orissa coast - Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA)
2. Ecological assessment and education for conservation of mangrove community in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra - Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
3. Mangrove conservation and management: enahncing livelihood opportunities for mangrove dependant communities in Bhitarkanika Reserve Forest - Development Alternatives (DA)