UNDP announces Implementing of Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Projects for Marine Protected Areas, by NGOs in Mauritius

Deadline: 10 June 2019

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced the Implementation of Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Projects for Marine Protected Areas, by NGOs in the Republic of Mauritius.

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to implement the sustainable alternative livelihood opportunities for local communities to reduce the pressure on lagoon resources so as to demonstrate the benefits of MPA’s in the Republic of Mauritius. This project aims to present a renewed commitment to working with local community leaders, women and unemployed men potentially affected by the operationalisation of MPA’s, unemployed women in coastal VCA’s in collaboration with Women’s Centres, National Women’s Council and National Women’s Entrepreneur Council, Social Welfare Centre and Community Welfare Centres, to enhance social service delivery, provide sustainable economic opportunities for young men and women and subsequently provide alternative livelihood to them.

The overall objective of the project is to mainstream the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services into coastal zone management and into the operations and policies of the tourism and physical development sectors in the Republic of Mauritius through a ‘land- and seascape wide’ integrated management approach based on the Environmental Sensitive Areas’ (ESAs) inventory and assessment. More specifically, the project will achieve this through a three-pronged approach:

  • support the incorporation of ESA recommendations into policies and enforceable regulations pertaining to integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), thereby mitigating threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functions and resilience with a special focus on tourism and physical development in the coastal zone;
  • support the effective management of marine protected areas (MPAs) across the RM, given that they contain an important proportion of critically sensitive ESAs;
  • demonstrate mechanisms to arrest land degradation in sensitive locations, focusing on reducing coastal erosion and sedimentation and helping to restore ecosystem functions in key wetland areas

Funding Information

It is intended to award up to three projects to NGOs in the Republic of Mauritius more specifically in Mauritius and Rodrigues, proposals’ amounts should be to a maximum of USD 50,000 for direct interventions in each single community as stated in the ToR.

Final Beneficiaries

Eligible proposals will be those focused on achieving the specified results in the project document and targeting the following:

  • Projects on Rodrigues will be run by
    • women and young unemployed men potentially affected by the operationalisation of the four no-take Northern Marine Reserves and also by the presence of SEMPA. Activities identified must improve livelihoods and thus increase compliance with regulations.
  • Projects on Mauritius, with the support the Women’s Centres, National Women’s Council and National Women’s Entrepreneur Council, Social Welfare Centre and Community Welfare Centres must be run by
    • unemployed women in coastal VCAs
    • young unemployed men potentially affected by the operationalisation of Marine Parks and Fishing Reserves.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their proposals in an envelope at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=55413

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