Deadline: 21 Aug 2020
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has announced a call for proposals to develop an innovative knowledge product that will document best practice pertaining to the identification and mapping of areas of social and environmental importance where “invisible” traditional communities of the Cerrado reside.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International (CI), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank. CEPF is a global program that provides grants to civil society to safeguard the world’s biodiversity hotspots. As one of the founding partners, CI administers the global program through a global Secretariat. CEPF’s purpose is to strengthen the involvement and effectiveness of civil society in the conservation and management of globally important biodiversity.
CEPF grants catalyze partnerships among civil society organizations, and between them and public and private-sector actors. Through these partnerships, CEPF’s grantees have been able to develop and test innovative models and tools for conservation that empower local actors to protect, restore and sustainably manage critical ecosystems in ways that conserve biodiversity, improve human well-being and enhance resilience to climate change. Among other places, these models and tools have been developed in the Cerrado Hotspot, where innovative approaches to mainstreaming biodiversity into public policy and private sector practices are being piloted as part of an initiative to conserve biodiversity cost effectively and progress toward long-term institutional sustainability.
The lands occupied by these communities are often not designated as traditional territories and, therefore. are vulnerable to the threats posed by the acquisition of land for agricultural expansion. The recognition of priority areas for classification as areas important for conservation can help guarantee the rights of these traditional communities to land and resources, while also ensuring and expanding the areas under protection in the Cerrado.
This knowledge product will document the processes involved in working with diverse local communities to develop, in a participatory manner, comprehensive spatial information and maps that will support local communities to protect and manage their natural and cultural resources in a sustainable way. The knowledge product will be publicized via the CEPF website, but can also be disseminated by other innovative means, such as videos on social media and online toolkits or presentations at international events.
- CEPF intends to engage a consultant to develop an innovative knowledge product that will document best practice pertaining to the identification and mapping of areas of social and environmental importance where “invisible” traditional communities of the Cerrado reside. These communities are diverse and include geraizeiros, vazanteiros, populações de fecho de pasto, ribeirinhos and babaçu crackers, among others.
The consultant is required to produce a knowledge product that documents the identification and mapping of areas of social and environmental importance of lands inhabited by the “invisible” traditional communities of the Cerrado. The following tasks are expected to form part of the consultancy.
- Review of reports and products pertaining to the topic.
- Review of relevant information pertaining to the topic produced by other organizations, as appropriate.
- Compile a list of key organizations in Brazil working on the topic.
- Conduct interviews with CEPF grantees and other experts on the topic, as necessary.
- Include reference to the international Indigenous and Community Conserved Area – ICCA Consortium (TICCA in Brazil) movement, and guidance on how to register traditional lands with this consortium.
- Identify the main challenges and risks to local communities arising during the process of mapping traditional lands.
- Identify the main opportunities for local communities arising during the process of mapping traditional lands.
- Produce a quality knowledge product that can be used to replicate the model/ tool/best practice in other hotspots.
- This knowledge product should be aimed at technical staff at civil society organizations who work with indigenous and traditional communities, inside and outside of Brazil.
- The consultant will produce a quality knowledge product that can be used in the Cerrado and other hotspots. The product should be submitted as an electronic file; applicants do not need to budget for printing costs. The knowledge product should be designed in accordance with CEPF’s branding requirements and produced in Portuguese and Spanish.
For more information, visit https://www.cepf.net/grants/open-calls-for-proposals/2020-cerrado-mapping-knowledge-product