Deadline: 3 March 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications under the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) for “Global Support Initiative on Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA GSI)” to provide support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities in different regions of the world, with a special focus on twenty six (26) countries participating in the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme.
- Accompany the work or promote the development of an ICCA network that brings together local communities and indigenous peoples who govern and manage their ICCAs with supporting organizations and individuals with relevant experience, capacity and substantial commitment.
- Hold consultations at various levels and organise sub-regional and/or national meetings to discuss and then compile a synthesis paper on the national ICCA situation that will include historical, cultural, socio-economic, geographical and ecological information and identify the main factors and policies affecting ICCAs and the key issues for their recognition and appropriate support in the country.
- In full respect of the communities involved and of the level of privacy they desire, start to develop a database on existing and potential ICCAs in the country, as much as possible by using formats that are the same, or compatible with, those of the ICCA Registry and WDPA.
- On the basis of explicit and appropriate selection criteria for the country, identify a minimum of 4 to 10 “emblematic” ICCAs in the country.
- Establish a communication link with the communities that govern and manage the identified ICCAs and, after assuring their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and the desired level of confidentiality, establish mutual contact points.
- Accompany and support a minimum of 4 to 10 emblematic ICCAs in a self-strengthening process.
- Facilitate the review and peer-to-peer validation by the ICCA Network of the ICCA documentation that may need to be submitted to the ICCA Registry and WDPA of UNEP-WCMC.
- Facilitate a campaign of ICCA dialogue, awareness and understanding in the national context, including through dissemination of relevant information about opportunities to share experience and develop mutual learning and support among the communities that govern and manage their ICCAs
The proactive ICCA initiative is expected to last up to 36 months and to have a maximum budget of US$50,000.
- The call for proposals is open to national, regional and international NGOs with expertise to work with indigenous peoples and local communities, and Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Areas.
- Regional and international organization participating in the call for proposals should have past working experience in Georgia.
- National NGOs who are participating in GEF SGP OP6 grant application are also encouraged to apply.
- Strong commitment to ICCAs, indigenous peoples’ issues and biodiversity conservation
- Familiarity with key issues related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) negotiations, especially as they relate to indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs)
- Experience in organizing and hosting consultations with IPLCs and national level stakeholders including NGOs and governments
- Ability to collate (or produce if necessary) high quality background materials on CBD Aichi targets, conservation results and ICCAs
- Proven ability to facilitate effective and balanced consultations which includes diverse actors and perspectives to ensure that voices are heard and exchanges are constructive
- Proven ability to document the proactive ICCA initiative and produce high quality written reports according to deadlines
- Familiarity with UNDP, SGP programming, and IUCN global commissions an advantage
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.
Eligible Country: Georgia
For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.