Lebanon: Call for Proposals for Small Projects that Combat Plastic Pollution in the Mediterranean

Deadline: 18 October 2019

“Bahr Bala Plastic” Project, implemented by the Lebanese Environment Forum and the Lebanese Eco Movement and funded of the European Union, has launched the call for proposals for small projects that combat plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • The global objective of this programme is to reduce discharges of waste thrown in the sea, prevent additional harming to the environment and mitigate the economic damage to activities such as tourism and fisheries.
  • The specific objective is to provide financial and technical support to projects that contribute in preserving the biodiversity of Lebanese coastal zones, while indirectly enhancing sustainable income generating activities” and tackling marine litter in Lebanon, with a special focus on single-use plastic products and micro plastics, potential threat to both the environment and human health.

Program Lots

The program is divided into three lots:

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  • Lot I: Tackling land-based sources of pollution
    • Supporting existing operators recycling municipal (organic, paper, aluminium, glass, cardboard) and electronic / electrical wastes.
    • Implementing comprehensive source separation schemes for household, commercial or industrial wastes (only the municipalities outside the Governorate of Beirut – Mount Lebanon are eligible).
    • Encouraging innovative measures to recycle, re-use or upcycle plastics, rubber, fishing related waste, cigarette filters and cigar tips; sanitary litter.
    • Supporting initiatives to limit the use of single use plastics and promoting eco-friendly alternatives.
    • Conduct regular clean-up efforts on coastal lands, in watersheds and in waterways.
    • Supporting initiatives to collect wastes in areas frequented by fishermen and tourists and in remote areas.
  • Lot II: Tackling sea-based source of pollution
    • Removing marine debris, including ghost fishing nets, from shorelines and seabed.
    • Developing and promoting use of technologies and methods to effectively locate and remove marine debris accumulation.
    • Developing and strengthen implementation of waste minimisation and proper waste storage at port reception facilities.
    • Develop and promote use of fishing gear modifications or alternative technologies to reduce the loss of fishing gear and/or its impact.
  • Lot III: Tackling socio-economic impacts
    • Improving livelihoods of fishermen and sea salt producers (must include an expected result aiming at reducing of their environmental footprint).
    • Close collaboration between primary stakeholders (municipalities, marine protected areas, fishermen, divers, restaurants, beach resorts, etc.) is encouraged.

Size of Grants

  • Large grants: between 20,000 and 60,000 Euros, with an initial planned duration not exceeding 9 months, and submission of application through written application form.
  • Small grants: between 1,000 and 19,999 Euros, with an initial planned duration not exceeding 6 months, and submission of proposals through oral presentations (pitching sessions).

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the Lead Applicants must be registered in Lebanon. They could be:
    • Not-for-profit organisations legally established before 30/06/2016 and managing less than EUR 120,000 per year;
    • For-profit organisations legally established between 30/06/2015 and 30/06/2018 and with a turnover of less than EUR 120,000 per year;
    • Municipalities and universities (public or private) are eligible only as co-applicants.
  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the Co-applicant(s) must be registered in Lebanon. They could be:
    • Not-for-profit organisations legally established before 30/06/2016 and managing less than EUR 120,000 per year;
    • For-profit organisations legally established between 30/06/2015 and 30/06/2018 and with a turnover of less than EUR 120,000 per year;
    • Universities with research capacities in environment related fields.
    • The maximum number of co-applicants to be involved in the action is 1.
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • International NGOs established in Lebanon, consultancy firms, political parties and affiliated associations are not eligible neither as lead applicant nor as co-applicant.

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://bahrbalaplastic.org/en/2019/07/call-for-proposals-to-combat-plastic-pollution-in-the-mediterranean/

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