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GULF AND CARIBBEAN FISHERIES INSTITUTE, UNEP-CARIBBEAN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM AND THE CARIBBEAN MPA MANAGEMENT NETWORK AND FORUM (CaMPAM)

Dec 2010 Grant Funding Availability- Request for Proposals - OPEN

The CaMPAM SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

to Promote Responsible/Sustainable Marine Resources Management Practices including Economic Alternatives for Fishers and Effective Marine Managed Areas, with a focus on the Insular Caribbean countries associated with the "Caribbean Challenge"

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

  • For application submission 5:00 pm EST December 15, 2010
  • For completion of exchange visits and final report submissions: February 20, 2011.

As part of its continued support to the CaMPAM Network and Forum, the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) and the UNEP-Caribbean Environment Programme are pleased to announce the last 2010 edition of the Small Grant Fund for promoting sustainable marine resources management practices and alternative livelihoods for fishers effective marine managed areas. This particular activity is part of the Specially Protected Area and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol of the Cartagena Convention program administered by the UNEP-CEP, and is funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment Cooperation Agency. The program focuses on building capacity to effectively manage both marine protected areas (MPAs) and fisheries resources, recognizing the critical contribution of MPAs in protecting and restoring fisheries and tourism resources, the two main environmental services of coral reef and associated habitats in the wider Caribbean.

This short notice opportunity for the late-2010 edition of the SGF Program is to support projects to accomplish the above-mentioned objectives.

ONLY PROPOSALS WITH COMPONENTS WITHIN THE INSULAR CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES ASSOCIATED TO THE CARIBBEAN CHALLENGE WILL BE ELIGIBLE. Projects that focus on building capacity in these countries are eligible for these grants: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis. More info0rmation on the Caribbean Challenge can be found here.

Funding priority will be given to build capacity of marine resource managers, tour operators, and local trainers from countries committed with the Caribbean Challenge, to address the following issues:

Projects are encouraged that focus on one or more of the following: (1) involve exchanges between sites, (2) follow-up on previous exchanges, (3) share successful experiences, (4) provide technical assistance, (5) implement learning workshops, and (6) develop longer-term mentorship-apprentice relationships.

A maximum of $9,000 US will be awarded to each funded project. A total of 3-4 awards is anticipated.

Applicants must return the the completed form found here by December 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm EST and only successful applicants will be contacted to submit additional information. Final reports are due February 20, 2011, and should be sent to GCFI.

APPLICATIONS and QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:

SGF
Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
c/o FWC/FWRI
2796 Overseas Highway, Ste. 119
Marathon, Florida USA 33050
Attn: Alejandro Acosta
305-289-2330; 305-289-2334 (fax)
Email: sgf@gcfi.org; Alejandro.Acosta@gcfi.org