Today, the BEST (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Overseas Territories) 2.0 Programme has launched its second round for calls for proposals which includes its second Small grant call for proposals (< EUR 50,000 and < EUR 100,000) and its second Medium grant call for proposals (< EUR 100, 000 and < EUR 400, 000) to support projects that promote the conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services it supports, as a basis for sustainable development in EU OCTs. The second call for applications for small grants is open for the Caribbean and Pacific regions. The second call for applications for medium grants is open for Indian Ocean, South Atlantic, polar and subpolar 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 calls already funded 8 Small grant projects and 8 Medium grant projects.
On the dedicated BEST 2.0 Programme’s portal, interested parties can find the guidelines to apply for a small grant and a medium grant, criteria, answers to frequently asked questions, lessons learnt from the former call. Eligible applicants can submit a full proposal for a small grant until the 23rd of May 2016 and the deadline to submit full proposals for a Medium Grant is the 25th of July 2016.
Further information can be found on this website, including the BEST initiative history, fact sheets on previously funded projects and updates on the work of the regional partners.
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