U.S. Department of State, Bureau of OES announces “International Shared Waters Cooperation” Program

Deadline: 8 July 2019

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Environment, Conservation, and Water has announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for a program on international cooperation on shared waters.

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Program Goals

The program’s goal is to build cooperative relationships among stakeholders (including governments, regional organizations, media, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)) to create, enable, or reinforce cooperation and/or collaboration over shared waters, particularly in areas where political impediments limit cooperation.  While the program should be global in its overarching approach, individual efforts to build cooperation may vary by region and occur through existing institutions, platforms, or organizations or through creating new formal or informal platforms for engagement.  Meeting this goal should increase shared prosperity and regional security.  Applicants are expected to build cooperative relationships in at least two transboundary or shared water areas, from distinct geographic regions.


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  • The primary objective is to establish, enhance, or lay the groundwork for formal or informal inter-governmental dialogue, institutional arrangements, and/or technical processes for shared water management decision-making that are endorsed by key stakeholders and/or financially supported by governments. This objective must include:
    • improved cooperative governance structures (i.e. river basin organizations or regional governmental cooperation) with sustained interaction between public governing bodies and other stakeholders that are inclusive, transparent, and equitable and/or
    • interactive processes that support joint problem-solving, negotiation, and conflict resolution and which sustainably distribute costs and benefits related to basin management and development, as agreed to by the stakeholders.
  • A secondary objective is improved coordination of diplomatic and development efforts around international cooperation on shared waters. This objective must include:
    • mobilizing regional development partner (i.e. donors or multilateral institutions) capacities, interests, and support towards a coordinated, unified, and effective long-term strategy for supporting transboundary water cooperation and/or
    • reinforcing the benefits of cooperation through collaborative capacity-building activities, shared development projects, and/or mutually-beneficial investments that deliver tangible benefits.

Funding Information

  • OES has funding available for a single award of up to $690,000 USD for the Program on International Cooperation on Shared Waters.
  • The initial period of performance will be 36 months.

Geographic Regions

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, The, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem. Rep., Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Macedonia, FYR, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan (non-government only), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza, Zambia.

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Eligible Applicants

Eligibility is limited to U.S. non-profit/nongovernmental organizations subject to section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. tax code, foreign non-profit/nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and public international organizations.

How to Apply

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Proposals must be submitted electronically via the given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316163

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