Sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding.
Today, the BEST (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Overseas Territories) 2.0 Programme is launching its second Small grant call for proposals (< EUR 50,000 and < EUR 100,000) 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 call is open to applications for small grants for the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Natural ecosystems like coral reefs and mangroves help protect shorelines from storms and sea level rise. Healthy seas support fisheries, unique species and habitats that attract visitors – key to a tourism industry that is often the main driver of the local economy. Sustainable development that preserves this natural capital is vital for these overseas entities.
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 Small grant projects.
On the dedicated BEST 2.0 Programme’s portal, interested parties can find the guidelines to apply for a small grant, criteria, answers to frequently asked questions, lessons learnt from the former call and eligible applicants can submit a concept note until the 23rd of May.
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. Read BEST Newsletters for the latest updates on these projects and subscribe to stay informed.
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