Call for Proposals: Recognising and Reporting OECMs in Malaysia Strategic Project

Deadline: 25 April 2019

In alignment with the SGP Country Programme Strategy (CPS) developed in Malaysia for the SGP 6th Operational Phase (OP6) running from 2015-2019, applications from qualified organisations are invited to carry out a strategic project designed to spearhead recognising and reporting other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) work in the country.


Organizations wishing to apply for the implementation of the ‘Recognising and Reporting of OECMs in Malaysia’ will be expected to review the following responsibilities in view of the socio-cultural and political reality of the country.

  • Socializing OECMs
    • Run a series of consultations to introduce the international-level work on OECMs to key governmental and non-governmental agencies, private sector actors and indigenous peoples and local community groups in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
  • Broad scale assessment of ‘potential OECMs’
    • Identify and assess ‘potential OECMs’ (areas that prima facie meets the definition of an OECM but have not been assessed at the site level) within a defined jurisdiction either at the national or sub-national level, as appropriate.
  • Local level assessment and reporting OECMs at the local level
    • Working within a defined landscape, engage relevant governance authorities (across the governance types, as appropriate) of potential OECMs to:
      • Socialize them to the OECMs concept;
      • Engage in a consent process to work with them towards recognizing and reporting their OECMs (‘FPIC’ in the context of indigenous peoples and local communities, with the understanding that some may not grant FPIC);
      • With interested parties, use the IUCN Guidelines for Recognizing and Reporting OECMs to assess the areas at the local level (IUCN is expected to release the detailed Guidance volume in the first half of 2019);
      • Where areas meet the definition, work with the governance authority and UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) to report them to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA);
      • Investigate the gaps and needs for recognizing and supporting OECMs at the national or sub-national level(s) as appropriate; and
      • Publish and communicate a report on the experiences of the local level and reporting process with recommendations.
  • Recognizing
    • Develop a legal and capacity needs review that assesses the ways in which OECMs can be recognized at the state or national levels, including setting out gaps and recommendations for legal, policy and institutional reforms.
  • International level engagement
    • Feed the (interim) results back to the international levels, including at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) and CBD COP 15 in 2020.

Funding Information

Funding may be provided from the GEF not to exceed US$80,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Interested NGOs and CBOs seeking for SGP grants should make sure that the following basic criteria are met.
    • Locally registered NGOs, CBOs and civil society organizations.
    • Demonstrate strong organizational capacity to implement SGP grant projects and meet SGP requirements.
    • Ensure the proposed project falls within one of the specified GEF SGP focal areas.
    • Demonstrate strong community involvement in the planned or proposed project.

How to Apply

The concept Proposal template and the Guidance Notes document can be downloaded via given website.

Eligible Country: Malaysia

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