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1 FFEM Fonds Français pour l Environnement Mondial French Global Environment Facility PROGRAMME PETITES INITIATIVES Small-Scale Initiatives PROGRAMME RULES AND CRITERIA 1. PROGRAMME OUTLINE The French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) has launched a second phase of the Small-Scale Initiatives Programme (PPI) for the period. This Programme aims to strengthen the contribution of civil society to the conservation of the Environment by funding local projects in the Central and West African countries, Madagascar and Mozambique. By Environment is meant the protection of biodiversity and actions to minimise climate change, whilst improving the living standards of the local populations of these countries. From July 2009 to July 2011, about 50 projects will be funded by the Programme. Four calls for proposals will be launched, with 10 to 15 of the best projects funded on each round. 2. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES - Execution of substantial environmental projects implemented by civil society in West and Central Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique, - Building the capacity of actors in civil society to prepare, implement and monitor environmental projects, and to increase the actors technical skills, - Strengthening a network of small environmental organisations in Central and West African countries, - Building the capacity of civil society organisations to influence environmental policies in their countries, - Sharing, promoting and networking civil society experiences. 3. ELIGIBILITY 3.1 Eligible countries 17 countries in West Africa : Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Chad, Togo. 9 countries in Central Africa : Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of The Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome-and-Principe, Rwanda, Burundi. Other countries: Mozambique and Madagascar. Priority will be given to French-speaking countries. About 50 projects are expected to be funded during the 2 years of the Programme, 8 of which could be from non-french-speaking countries.

2 3.2 Eligible organisations - NGOs from the eligible countries, professional bodies, women and youth groups or associations - Priority is given to organisations based in the countries concerned (NGOs, etc.) - NGOs based outside the geographical area should specify their experience and involvement on the field - Local authorities may intervene on their own or in partnership with an NGO. - Private companies committed to protect biodiversity in a measurable way (for instance sustainable exploitation of non-timber forest products, ecotourism, the strengthening of management of biodiversity, eco-certification). For projects concerned with climate change, the candidates should be involved in waste recycling, biogas production, electrification of remote areas with renewable energies. A condition of the eligibility is that the impacts of the projects on CO2 emissions must be measurable. - International NGOs in partnership with local NGOs which do not yet possess a legal status or the appropriate technical or financial capacity to run a project by themselves. More specifically, these projects will be eligible if they contribute to the recognition and to the technical empowerment of the local NGO. The terms of the partnership between the international and local NGO should be stated in a formal agreement signed by the two parties. The empowerment of local organisations must be detailed and some easily verifiable indicators for this purpose must be developed. The recipients must have: - A legal status that allows them to receive a grant. Organisations that have not yet a legal status can be eligible if they are in partnership with a recognised organisation (which will be in charge of the financial affairs of the project), only if by the end of the project the new organisation has a legal status ; - Confirmed field experience ; - Experience in managing projects including accountancy ; - A solid knowledge of the project area, and of the techniques of biodiversity conservation and/or mitigating climate change. 3.3 Eligible themes The eligible themes concern biodiversity protection and mitigation of climate change, along with the improvement of the living standards of local populations. 1) Biodiversity is the main area of intervention of the PPI Priority will be given to the following themes: Ecosystems and habitat protection and restoration ; rare or endangered endemic species protection, inside or outside protected areas ; Sustainable management of rare natural resources/ecosystems, with easily verifiable impact on the protection of biodiversity, in particular local and national governance of resource use, marketing channels, non-timber forest production, ecotourism, game reserves, firewood, sustainable use of resources in peripheral zones of protected areas, etc Activities empowering the local populations in management of natural resources; Ecological and fair-trade certification in favour of biodiversity ; Management and control of fisheries, based on traditional rules or new ones, implemented by groups of fishermen in areas they can control. 2) Mitigating climate change The Clean Development Mechanism applied to small projects and innovative schemes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) aiming at improving the access of small organisations to carbon credits. Local populations must benefit from this process financially. Reinforcing and structuring small and medium-sized companies working on the electrification of isolated areas using alternative methods (biogas, use of farm wastes etc.) ; Marketing of wastes from energy production or the sale of carbon credits ; 2

3 Natural forest regeneration without tree planting could also be supported in some cases ; Training/empowerment of NGOs and local populations on climate change issues in the framework of projects funded by other donors. 3.4 Types of projects particularly encouraged Actions implemented in the field, with a real participative process and clear implication of local people; Practical and appropriate actions of training, information and awareness raising, but only if they are linked with actions in the field and if they have a structuring capacity on a network of NGOs, at the town, regional or country level; The income generating activities linked to biodiversity or climate change, ideally linked to the private sector. 3.5 Criteria for NON eligibility The FFEM PPI does not fund: Capacity building or scientific research Programmes not directly linked to a project with concrete and immediate environmental benefits and/or in which the main activities are limited to workshops, training or research ; Core activities and core expenditures of organisations ; National lobbying campaigns that don t involve initiatives in the field ; Agro-ecology and rural development projects (farming, fisheries) that will not have a significant effect on rare or threatened elements of biodiversity or on the reduction of greenhouse gases ; Reforestation projects (non-native tree or fruit-tree species) that will not have a significant effect on rare or threatened elements of biodiversity or on the reduction of greenhouse gases ; Anti-erosion projects non specifically linked to the protection of on rare or threatened elements of biodiversity or on the reduction of greenhouse gases ; Game farming with no conservation goal ; Projects based on improved stoves for cooking, and subsidies for equipment of projects based on solar, wind energy or hydroelectric power. 4. PAYMENT TERMS Maximum grant from the FFEM: each project can receive up to euros. This will cover at the most 50% of the total cost of the project when the other partners are international organisations, NGOs or private companies. If the applicants have only local donors (contributions from the local population, an NGO, a local authority ) the FFEM can contribute up to 75% of the total amount of the project. Co-funding must be definite, and this should be proved by including documentary evidence in the application form. Project duration: 2 years maximum. Applicants may apply to the FFEM for several grants at the moment of a call for proposals, but only one project will be financed. After a first grant, the recipient can apply for a second grant (even for the same project), but the project will be financed only if the first one is completed, and the final activity reports, validated by UICN-CF, attest to the success of the activities and prove the interest of a new grant. 5. SELECTION PROCEDURE The French Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN-CF) is in charge of the implementation of the Programme. In West Africa, the French Committee of IUCN relies on the West and Central Africa Programme of the IUCN based in BURKINA FASO for the selection and the monitoring of the projects in this area. 3

4 In Central Africa, UICN-CF works with a network of local experts. The projects will be shortlisted as a competition (only the best will be supported). The projects will be rated according to the following criteria: Country and recipient eligibility ; Themes and activities eligibility according to paragraph 2 PROGRAMME objectives ; The recipient s background on the topics and in the geographical area concerned by the project ; Contribution to local economic and social development ; Co-financing of the project ; Cultural and social acceptance of the project such as local populations involvement and local authorities agreement ; Integration into environmental national policies ; original and imaginative activities in comparison to the actual policy ; Technical feasibility of the project, demonstrated socio-economic feasibility ; Project innovativeness and reproducibility; An organisational and institutional framework which favours good implementation and the sustainability of the actions at the end of the project. The selection will take about 3 months. The UICN-CF will inform each candidate about the results of the competition. Some organisations which present good ideas but have their projects refused because of minor criteria which were not satisfied could be helped to improve their proposals by a consultant, in order to apply in future rounds. The UICN-CF or UICN PACO will decide which projects could be eligible. 6. HOW TO APPLY The application form can be downloaded here: Only fully completed applications will be considered. The file must be no longer than 11 pages (appendix and recipient attestation not included), and must be in a Word format (PDF not accepted). N.B. All the documents must be sent by to the following address: For West African countries (see 3.1), applications must also be sent to APPLICATION PROCEDURE Please, make sure you meet the following requirements: - give your project the name of the country and the name of the recipient organization (ex. TCHAD AFED) - Number the pages of your application, including Excel files - Split the project core and its appendices in two separate files. First send the core project, which is supposed to be a much lighter (smaller) file. - Use only one address per application. Multiple addresses only cause confusion. - In the last call for proposals 30% of projects were refused because they were sent too late. Only files received before 18h00, Paris time (GMT+1) will be considered. Think about Internet connection problems that may arise and the time needed to transfer files to meet the deadline. Next call for proposals dates are: Application deadline 2 nd call for proposals: Decision 2 nd call for proposals: Application deadline 3 rd call for proposals: Decision 3 rd call for proposals: Application deadline 4 th call for proposals: Decision 4 th call for proposals:

5 Application forms will be accepted until 18h00 (Paris Time, GMT+1), on the deadline dates. Projects asking for more than or presenting a co-financing percentage of more than 50% or 75% will not be considered (but see the exception in point 4). During the selection process, UICN-CF and PACO may ask for more information. French, English or Spanish can be used for the applications. Download the Application Form (Word) 5

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