East Melanesian Islands Hotspot Call for Proposals now open

06 July 2014 | News story

The third Call for Proposals for biodiversity conservation projects in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and the islands region of Papua New Guinea is open until 26 August 2014. IUCN invites Letters of Inquiry from non-governmental organizations, community groups, private companies and other civil society organizations working in the East Melanesian Islands Hotspot.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is investing
US$ 9 million in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and the islands region of Papua New Guinea, to help conserve their rich, natural wealth and its many benefits to local communities. Accelerating levels of habitat loss caused by widespread commercial logging and mining, expansion of subsistence and plantation agriculture, human population growth, over-exploitation of natural resources, invasive species and climate change are threatening the hotspot’s biodiversity.

IUCN Oceania, as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT), is overseeing CEPF’s investment to support conservation in 20 key biodiversity areas covering an area of 1.5 million hectares. Central to CEPF’s sustainability strategy for the hotspot is an explicit focus on capacity building for local and national civil society through partnerships, networks and mentoring.

CEPF’s grants in the East Melanesian Islands Hotspot provide a mechanism to enable civil society to find solutions that will help not only to protect the region’s precious biodiversity, but to safeguard the benefits that species and intact natural systems provide for all levels of human society”, said Helen Pippard, IUCN Oceania’s Species Officer and Programme Team Leader for the CEPF East Melanesian Islands RIT.

CEPF’s funding is delivered as small (up to $20,000) and large (greater than $20,000) grants to civil society organizations to run projects that will build capacity and protect biodiversity in the hotspot.

CEPF and IUCN Oceania issued the first two calls for proposals in August 2013, reviewed over 60 applications, and are in the process of awarding approximately 25 grants to both international NGOs and local groups working in the three countries of the hotspot. CEPF and IUCN Oceania are currently seeking proposals for projects aimed at establishing a foundation of capacity, partnerships and knowledge on which future calls for proposals will build.

The deadline for receipt of Letters of Inquiry for small and large grant projects under this call is 17:30 Washington, DC time on Tuesday 26 August 2014.

Further details on how to apply can be found here.

For general enquiries please contact Luisa Tagicakibau-Moce, CEPF Regional Implementation Team, cepfeastmelanesia@iucn.org.