The Small Initiatives for Civil Society Organisations in North Africa (PPI-OSCAN, its acronym in French) is inspired by the Small Initiatives Programme funded by the French Global Environment Facility in sub-Saharan Africa since 2005 with which it has a strong similarity in approach, technical content and institutional and operational procedures. The relevant authorities of these countries have given the approval to the PPI-OSCAN guidelines and have underlined that the objectives and actions to be implemented by the programme are in line with their national priorities.
The project “Promoting the value of key biodiversity areas through the involvement of civil society organizations in their conservation and management in North Africa” is a subregional project aimed at improving the management and governance of protected areas and key biodiversity areas in the hotspot of the Mediterranean region. The project is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the framework of its strategic direction "Improving the conservation and the protection status of 44 Key Biodiversity Areas”. This project involves four countries, namely: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.