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Dear Sir/Madam,

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME/ GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME (UNDP/GEF-SGP)

7th CALL FOR PROJECT CONCEPTS

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites interested Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Research and Learning institutions to submit Proposals to participate in activities under the Small Grants Programme.

The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) was launched in 1992 and supports activities of Non-Governmental and Community-Based Organizations in developing countries within five focal areas of, biodiversity; climate change; international waters; sustainable land management; sustainable forest management; chemicals and wastes, while generating sustainable livelihoods.

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) recently announced the start of its new operational phase - Seventh Operational Phase from 2020 to 2024, with a revamped strategy and renewed financial commitments. The SGP is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other partners and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The SGP in Zambia, is hosted and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implementation is funded by the Global Environment Facility. During the 7th Operational Phase (OP7) which will run from 2020 to 2023, GEF SGP will be focusing its initiatives in the three landscapes with a particular focus on the Zambezi, Kafue and Luapula landscape, which covers Copperbelt, North Western, Western, Southern, Luapula and South Eastern part of Eastern provinces.

Aligned with the Country Programme Strategy (CPS) developed in Zambia for the 7th SGP Operational Phase (OP7) running from 2020-2024, the GEF-SGP is now calling for the 7th round of Project Concepts in the Zambezi, Kafue and Luapula Landscape for innovative initiatives aimed at helping local communities protect, restore and sustain the environment and livelihoods of people living in poverty. Proponents of Project Concepts that will be successful, will later be requested to develop and submit Project Proposals. Successful Project Proposals will be funded through the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility. The maximum amount of any grant awarded under this programme will be US$ 50,000.

Selection Criteria

The project concepts will be assessed based on the grant objectives outlined below:

i)        Open to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Research and Learning institutions.

ii)       Demonstrate ability to deliver concrete results within the project period;

iii)     Proposals should have clear log frame with specific monitorable indicators (process and measurable  indicators);

iv)     Demonstrate innovation (uniqueness) and scalability (to other communities);

v)       Clearly defined beneficiaries with a particular emphasis on women, youth and people living with disabilities;

vi)     Address longer-term sustainability of interventions and provide a clear communication plan to capture compelling local stories;

vii)   Demonstrated concepts and principles of Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM);

viii)  Demonstrate contribution to the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1,5,13, 14,15 and 17;

ix)     All applicants should be duly registered under the laws of Zambia and should have at least one-year post-registration experience with active and visible on-going activities.

Selection of successful Project Concepts will be based on merit and the decision of the National Steering Committee of the GEF-SGP will be final. Only the selected project concepts will be communicated to.

Submission

Prospective applicants wishing to apply or seek clarifications can access the Project Concept Forms on the link below or  by contacting the following: The Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP GEF-SGP, United Nations Development Programme United Nations House, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka, or through email on:registry.zm@undp.org or arthur.asumani@undp.org  

Project Concepts must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service, through e-mail or by hand delivery to the address given below:

Mail:                                               

The Deputy Resident Representative                                                

UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme                                         

United Nations Development Programme                          

United Nations House 9350, Alick Nkhata Rd                  

P. O. Box 31966, LUSAKA   

E-mail : registry.zm@undp.org

Cc: arthur.asumani@undp.org

The deadline for submission of applications is 26 March 2021. Proposals that are received after the deadline, for whatever reason, shall not be considered for evaluation.

Visit: https://www.zm.undp.org;

Project concept form

We look forward to receiving your Proposal.

Sincerely Yours,

 

Roland SERI

Deputy Resident Representative

United Nations Development Programme/ Global Environment Facility

Small Grants Programme

Global ICCA Support Initiative (GSI)

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites interested Civil Society Organisations (Non-Governmental or Faith-based Organisations) to submit Proposals to participate in activities on COVID-19 support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) in Zambia.

Phase 2 of the Global ICCA Support Initiative (GSI) has been extended to provide support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs), with a focus on forty-five (45) countries participating in the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The ICCA GSI is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

In alignment with the SGP Country Programme Strategy (CPS) in Zambia for the SGP 7th Operational Phase (OP7) running from 2020-2024 and relevant National COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan, applications from qualified organisations are invited to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. National and local civil society organisations (including community-based organisations, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples organisations) are encouraged to apply based on the list of eligible criteria presented below.

ICCA-GSI thematic categories COVID-19 response: examples
Communication and lessons sharing through culturally appropriate means Translating and communicating medical and sanitary information on COVID-19 into local and vernacular languages.
Food production systems: agroecology and agroforestry Strengthening sustainable and biodiversity-friendly food production systems in ICCAs focused on agroecology and agroforestry techniques.  
Sustainable and well governed wildlife consumption Promotion of sustainable and regulated wildlife consumption through good governance, customary regulation, and awareness raising. 
Prevention of zoonoses and future pandemics
Strengthening of ICCAs to provide barriers for zoonotic disease transmission and habitat conservation through reduced fragmentation. 
Transmission of traditional medical knowledge
Documentation and transmission of sustainable techniques for harvesting, quality control, and transmission of traditional medicinal practices.
Territorial mapping and demarcation for self-isolation and conservation
Mapping and demarcation to increase territorial zoning, self-isolation procedures, buffer zones and defence of conserved areas.
Deployment of traditional knowledge of fire control and management
Techniques to control bushfires (adapted to different savannah, forest, and other ecosystems) leading to green recovery and employment opportunities.
Local bio-circular economy approaches based on reciprocity Income-generation activities, reciprocal food exchange networks, community-based ecotourism-based ventures, provision of food to at-risk populations, locally-made personal protective equipment.   

Criteria

Civil society organizations (CSOs) wishing to apply to the ICCA COVID-19 initiative will be expected to submit an application in line with the prevailing socio-economic, cultural, and sanitary context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia.

Individual ICCA COVID-19 projects will be expected to last for a duration up to 18 months and to have a maximum budget of US$50,000. All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the SGP National Steering Committee (NSC). The organisation will compile a plan of action to respond to the COVID-19 crisis affecting either individual or multiple ICCAs in Zambia. As part of the submission, the applicant must include the following elements:

a.       A work plan and justified budget about when and how it will take action to fulfil an appropriate combination of activities, indicating but not limited to: (i) overall context on the specific ICCA, or group of ICCAs; (ii) information on previous grants and partnerships to strengthen the ICCAs; (iii) proposed activities to be undertaken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

b.       The list of expected activities and timing of delivery for a period of up to 18 months, starting in early 2021 through to mid-2023, should be in line with and respond to the SGP OP7 Country Programme Strategy in Zambia. The applicant will be expected to work closely with the SGP National Coordinator (NC) in Zambia, as well as other partners such as the national ICCA network and/or global ICCA Consortium.

c.       Details on the specific experience and capacities of the applicant civil society organisation, including with respect to (i) community-based conservation; (ii) facilitation of networks and joint learning; (iii) monitoring and evaluation of conservation and/or governance initiatives; and (iv) capacity to work with spatial and monitoring data.

Qualifications

·        Demonstrated commitment to protect and defend territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs);

·        Knowledge and awareness of biodiversity conservation efforts at the national level;

·        Experience in organizing and hosting consultations and capacity development activities with indigenous peoples and local communities;

·        Capacity to produce high quality written reports according to deadlines;

·        Familiarity with key issues related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially as they relate to indigenous peoples and local communities, considered an advantage

Submission

Prospective applicants wishing to apply or seek clarifications can access the Project Concept Forms on the link below or  by contacting the following: The Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP GEF-SGP, United Nations Development Programme United Nations House, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka, or through email on:registry.zm@undp.org or arthur.asumani@undp.org

Project Concepts must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service, through e-mail or by hand delivery to the address given below:

 

Mail:                                                 

The Deputy Resident Representative                                                 

UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme                                         

United Nations Development Programme                          

United Nations House 9350, Alick Nkhata Rd                  

P. O. Box 31966, LUSAKA   

 

E-mail : registry.zm@undp.org

Cc: arthur.asumani@undp.org  

 

The deadline for submission of applications is 26 March 2021.

Proposals that are received after the deadline, for whatever reason, shall not be considered for evaluation.

Visit: https://www.zm.undp.org

Project concept form C:\Users\Arthur A\Desktop\GEF SGP_concept form_blank.doc

We look forward to receiving your Proposal.

Sincerely Yours,

 

Roland SERI

Deputy Resident Representative



United Nations Development Programme/ Global Environment Facility

Small Grants Programme

Global ICCA Support Initiative (GSI)

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites interested Civil Society Organisations (Non-Governmental or Faith-based Organisations) to submit Proposals to participate in activities on strategic support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) in Zambia

The Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) is funded by the Government of Germany, through its Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). Key partners include the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), the ICCA Consortium, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Global Programme on Protected Areas (IUCN GPAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC).

The Global ICCA Support Initiative (GSI) provides support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities in different regions of the world, with a special focus on twenty-six (26) countries participating in the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). In alignment with the Country Programme Strategy (CPS) developed in Zambia for the 7th SGP Operational Phase (OP7) running from 2020-2024, applications from qualified organisations are invited to carry out a proactive Covid response ICCA initiative designed to accompany/spearhead strategic work in the country. The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the normal way of conducting business among the indigenous communities and this fund provides an opportunity for the CSOs to build resilience and  build back better.

Competent organisations are encouraged to submit an application on the basis of the Call for Proposals below.

The proactive ICCA initiative is expected to last up to 36 months and to have a maximum budget of US$50,000. Depending on the context, it may be possible for the initiative to embrace the entire country, or to prioritise only one or a few regions. The proposals will be reviewed and approved by the SGP National Steering Committee (NSC) in consultation with a national level Technical Advisory Group (TAG). It is expected that the successful applicant will carry out the work in collaboration with the relevant staff and members of the ICCA Consortium (www.iccaconsortium.org).

Objectives

Organizations wishing to apply for the implementation of the proactive ICCA initiative will be expected to review the following responsibilities in view of the socio-cultural and political reality of the country. The organisation will then compile a plan of action to contribute to the recognition and support to ICCAs in Zambia to:

1.       Contribute to the development (as appropriate) of an ICCA network (e.g. a working group, a coalition, a federation or another type of network— or ‘ICCA Network’ for short) that brings together local communities and indigenous peoples who govern and manage their ICCAs with supporting organizations and individuals with relevant experience, capacity and substantial commitment. The network should have a clear idea of ​​its own values, vision and goals, agreed in the form it considers appropriate (e.g. rules of conduct, declaration, strategic plan). The functions of the network will include inter alia: (i) promoting the recognition and strengthening of ICCAs at national level; (ii) supporting potential or emerging ICCAs; (iii) carrying out a critical analysis of the legal framework and public policies that affect ICCAs; (iv) promoting the quality of applications that may be submitted to the International ICCA Registry and World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) managed by UNEP-WCMC.

2.       Hold consultations at various levels and organise sub-regional and/or national meetings to discuss and then compile a synthesis paper on the national ICCA situation that will include historical, cultural, socio-economic, geographical and ecological information (e.g. origin, typology, distribution and coverage of ICCAs, proportion of ICCAs governed by indigenous peoples, extent of overlap with official protected areas, association to specific local conditions) and identify the main factors and policies affecting ICCAs and the key issues for their recognition and appropriate support in the country.

3.       Develop a database on existing and potential ICCAs in the country, as much as possible by using formats that are the same, or compatible with, those of the ICCA Registry and WDPA.

4.       Identify a minimum of 4 to 10 "emblematic" ICCAs in the country (they may possess all the characteristics of an ICCA or have a high potential to evolve to possess them).

5.       Establish a communication link with the communities that govern and manage the identified ICCAs and, after assuring their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and the desired level of confidentiality, establish mutual contact points (preferably specific individuals).

6.       Support a minimum of 4 to 10 emblematic ICCAs (existing or potential) in a self-strengthening process (methodology available) which will strive to:

  • improve the self-consciousness of the community or indigenous people of the values ​​of their conserved area or territory, including but not limited to, values for the conservation of nature;
  • increase the documentation of such values, for example by developing and gathering maps, inventories of natural resources, historical documents and artefacts, including of socio-cultural heritage not yet systematically searched and explored;
  • identify possible threats to their ICCAs and their values, and a range of actual and potential community responses to such threats;
  • develop tools (e.g. picture-stories, video-stories, social media) so that the community can communicate internally and externally about its conserved area or territory and relevant opportunities, threats and needs;
  • develop initiatives to meet those needs, such as proposals for ICCA community projects in line with the SGP OP7 Country Programme Strategy (CPS) for 2020-2024 and ICCA GSI priorities at the global level, in particular for local capacity development initiatives;
  • develop self-documentation and self-monitoring processes for such projects (e.g. activities and indicators to monitor community learning; conservation of nature and socio-cultural heritage; enhancement of sustainable livelihoods; and quality and vitality of ICCA governance);
  • gather feedback and advice from field-based experience to improve the self-strengthening process itself;
  • if desired and appropriate, submit quality documentation to list the relevant ICCAs in the International Registry and WDPA managed by UNEP-WCMC.

7.       Facilitate the review and peer-to-peer validation by the ICCA Network of the ICCA documentation that may need to be submitted to the ICCA Registry (http://www.iccaregistry.org/) and WDPA of UNEP-WCMC (methodology available).

8.       Facilitate a campaign of ICCA dialogue, awareness and understanding in the national context, including through dissemination of relevant information (e.g. via radio and television programs, social networks, meetings, conferences and publications) about opportunities to share experience and develop mutual learning and support among the communities that govern and manage their ICCAs.

Criteria

Organizations wishing to apply for the implementation of the proactive ICCA initiative are invited to produce:

a.       A work plan and justified budget including recovery activities to Covid-19 to fulfil an appropriate combination of the responsibilities outlined, indicating at least:

o   Activities for strengthening the existing ICCA network (if it exists);

(i)activities to establish and/or strengthen such a network.

(ii) what consultations and meetings will be organized to prepare the synthesis ICCA paper for the country.

(iii) how many emblematic ICCAs will it be able to identify and support in their self-strengthening process.

(iv) what kind of campaign to promote ICCA dialogue and understanding does it intend to organize (e.g. specific means, tools, events); and

(v) whether a review existing legal frameworks, and an analysis of recognition and support to ICCAs for the country, and/or merit of updating the existing documentation with a (new) focus of analysis.

b.       A list of expected outputs (products) and timing of delivery for a period of 24-36 months starting in 2021 through to 2023 in line with the ICCA GSI funding and SGP OP7 Country Programme Strategy (CPS) in the country. The applicant organisation will be expected to work closely with the SGP National Coordinator (NC) in Zambia; the respective ICCA Consortium members; as well as other global partners (i.e. IUCN Global Programme on Protected Areas, CBD Secretariat, and UNEP WCMC).

c.        Details on the specific experience and capacities of the applicant organisation, including individuals who will be working to fulfil the Call for Proposals (e.g. facilitation of community-based work; facilitation of networks and joint learning; monitoring and evaluation of conservation and/or governance initiatives; capacity to work with spatial data).

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to ICCAs, local community/ indigenous peoples’ issues and biodiversity conservation;[1]
  • Familiarity with key issues related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) negotiations, especially as they relate to indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs);
  • Experience in organizing and hosting consultations with IPLCs and national level stakeholders including NGOs and governments;
  • Ability to collate (or produce if necessary) high quality background materials on CBD Aichi targets, conservation results and ICCAs;
  • Proven ability to facilitate effective and balanced consultations with  diverse actors and perspectives to ensure that voices of local communities are heard/included in the initiatives, and exchanges are constructive;
  • Proven ability to document the proactive ICCA initiative and produce high quality written reports according to deadlines;
  • Participation in the previous ICCA/SGP  is an added  advantage.

Submission

Prospective applicants wishing to apply or seek clarifications can access the Project Concept Forms on the link below or  by contacting the following: The Deputy Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme United Nations House, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka, or through email on:registry.zm@undp.org or arthur.asumani@undp.org

Project Concepts must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service, through e-mail or by hand delivery to the address given below:

Mail:                                               

The Deputy Resident Representative                                                 

UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme                                         

United Nations Development Programme                          

United Nations House 9350, Alick Nkhata Rd                  

P. O. Box 31966, LUSAKA   

 

E-mail : registry.zm@undp.org

Cc: arthur.asumani@undp.org  

 

The deadline for submission of applications is 26 March 2021. Proposals that are received after the deadline, for whatever reason, shall not be considered for evaluation.

Visit: https://www.zm.undp.org

Project concept form:  C:\Users\Arthur A\Desktop\GEF SGP_concept form_blank.doc

We look forward to receiving your Proposal.

 

Sincerely Yours,

Roland SERI

Deputy Resident Representative

 

 

 

[1] For additional background information on ICCAs:

1.      CBD Technical Study 64— Recognising and supporting territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities

2.      Bio-cultural diversity conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities – Examples and analysis

3.      A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities

4.      ICCAs and Aichi Targets

5.      Primer on Governance for Protected and Conserved Areas

6.      Governance of Protected Areas: From understanding to action

7.      Governance for the conservation of nature

8.      Parks: special issues on Community Conserved Areas

9.      ICCA Legal Reviews (including synthesis, international report, and country reports)

 

 

 

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