The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.
The Mountains of Central Asia Biodiversity Hotspot consists of two of Asia’s major mountain ranges, the Pamir and the Tien Shan. Politically, the hotspot’s 860,000 square kilometers include southern Kazakhstan, most of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, eastern Uzbekistan, western China, northeastern Afghanistan, and a small part of Turkmenistan. CEPF’s investment focuses on Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), defined as “sites contributing significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity”, as well as priority species and corridors.
WWF serves as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) and manages a small grant program to support projects up to $20,000. Recipients of small grants will receive agreements from WWF reflecting the requirements of CEPF.
Non-governmental and non-commercial civil society organizations, registered community groups and citizen cooperatives, and private universities may apply for funding. It is possible for commercial organizations, such as farms and to apply for funding by special consideration. Individuals must work with civil society organizations rather than apply directly.
International organizations are encouraged to involve local organizations or communities as project partners and/or explain how local stakeholders will be engaged as part of project implementation.
Organizations must have their own bank account and be authorized under relevant national laws to receive charitable contributions. Groups without a USD bank account may partner with other organizations that do have a USD bank account.
Government-owned enterprises or institutions are eligible only if they can demonstrate that the enterprise or institution has:
- a legal personality independent of any government agency or actor;
- the authority to apply for and receive private funds; and
- may not assert a claim of sovereign immunity.
Grants cannot be used for:
- the purchase of land, involuntary resettlement of people, or activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities.
- activities adversely affecting indigenous peoples or where these communities have not provided their broad support to the project activities.
- removal or alteration of any physical cultural property (includes sites having archaeological, paleontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).
PRIORITY ACTIVITIES AND GEOGRAPHIC AREAS
Projects funded through this solicitation will address one or more of the following themes:
- Wetland ecosystems of southern Uzbekistan, a highly important component of the African-Eurasian Flyway.
- Optimization options for the conservation of the mountain KBAs of south-west Uzbekistan, as parts of a transboundary World Heritage site.
Projects should be organized to address the strategic directions and investment priorities in the table below and also described in pages 123 – 137 of the Ecosystem Profile.
|Strategic direction||Investment priorities|
|1. Address threats to priority species||1.2. Promote improved regulation of collecting, hunting, and fishing|
|2. Improve management of priority sites with and without official protection status||2.1. Facilitate effective collaboration among CSOs, local communities, and park management units to enhance protected area networks
2.2. Develop and implement management approaches to sustainable use in KBAs outside official protected areas
|3. Support sustainable management and biodiversity
conservation within priority corridors
|3.2. Evaluate and integrate biodiversity and ecosystem
service values into land-use and development
|5. Enhance civil society capacity for effective conservation action||5.5. Support action-oriented environmental education|
Projects should address any of the following priority geographies:
- Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) 23 (Northern Piedmont Plain of Nuratau Ridge)
- KBA 24: Nuratau Ridge
- KBA 30: Talimarjan Reservoir
- KBA 33: Kugitang and Baysuntay Ridges
- KBA 34: Kelif-Sherabad Range
- KBA 35: Khaudaktau
Regarding KBA 23 and 24, in particular, we expect proposals on threatened and endemic species protection and research, engagement of local nature users and capacity building for more effective functioning of KBA.
Regarding KBA 30, Protection of threatened species and globally significant aggregations
Regarding KBA 33, 34, and 35, we expect proposals on threatened and endemic species protection and research, engagement of local nature users and capacity building for more effective functioning of KBA. Awareness work in relation to UNESCO World Heritage site status, crossborder cooperation.
The RIT will accept proposals that partially take place outside of these named priority KBAs and corridors if the project otherwise fulfils priorities listed in the Ecosystem Profile.
Priority will be given to projects that do not compete with existing projects on individual species. Instead, preference will be given to those projects that focus on larger ecosystem conservation surrounding a KBA or corridor, that replicate proven past methods, and build collaboratively on the work of others.
Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) of Uzbekistan
Projects are expected to start in 2020. Typical duration will be one to two years, but all CEPF-funded work must be complete by June 2024.
HOW TO APPLY
Proposals can be written in English or Russian.
Applicants must submit their completed proposal and budget by the deadline via electronic mail to:
Tatyana Reznikova, Small-Grants Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aleksnadr Grigoryants, Uzbekistan Country Coordinator, email@example.com in your message.
You will receive an acknowledgement from the RIT confirming your submission.
The review process will take approximately 6 weeks from the deadline date. The review committee will select the strongest proposals which meet the eligibility criteria, as shown in the Expert Evaluation Form.
Selected proposals will be awarded a small grant, with an agreement made between WWF as the RIT for the Mountains of Central Asia Hotspot, and the applicant’s institution (the “Grantee”). We reserve the right to request that the Grantee make changes to the project and planned activities, should such changes be recommended by our panel of experts. Grants will be denominated in United States dollars and grant agreements will be in English or Russian. A sample Grant agreement letter can be found on the Grantee Portal at www.mca.earth.
All applicants are advised to review the CEPF Ecosystem Profile for the Mountains of Central Asia, which serves as the strategy document for CEPF investment in the Hotspot and provides more detail on the types of activity CEPF will fund under each Investment Priority.
CEPF is committed to integrating gender into its portfolio. Applicants should design projects and write proposals that consider gender issues in the achievement of their conservation impacts. CEPF has developed several resources that can help applicants to design, implement and evaluate gender-aware projects (CEPF Gender Toolkit) and understand what CEPF seeks in a proposal (CEPF Gender Fact Sheet). Visit the CEPF and Gender webpage to learn more about how CEPF addresses gender in the projects it supports. CEPF will evaluate your project based on its integration of gender.
- Before You Apply
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- CEPF Project Database
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Before submitting your letter of inquiry, we encourage you to discuss your eligibility and project idea with us. Please contact:
- Aleksandr Grigoryants, +998 93-184-33-92, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tatyana Reznikova, Small-Grants Manager: email@example.com
- Lizza Protas, RIT Team Leader: LProtas@fondprirody.ru