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2017-10-02 | News
CALL FOR CONCEPTS

FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE LAND AND FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECT IN TAVUSH REGION 

The Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in cooperation with UNDP/GEF “Mainstreaming sustainable land and forest management in mountain landscapes of North-Eastern Armenia” (SLM/SFM) project opens a call for grant project concepts addressing sustainable land and forest management in Tavush region. 

Background 

Sustainable land and forest management aims to improve agroecosystems and forest landscapes in the areas where the deterioration of ecosystem services and products distorts the livelihood of local population. 

The main objective of SGP and SLM/SFM is to support the implementation of the following two strategic priorities:

  • Protect and improve agroecosystem services of local communities to ensure livelihoods, and 
  • Contribute to the reduction of pressure on forest resources conditioned by natural or anthropogenic factors in areas where degradation influences the satisfaction of daily living needs. 

Examples of possible projects

In line with the SGP Country Programme Strategy and SLM/SFM priorities, the following types of projects are suggested:

  • Implementation of community-level actions and civil society initiatives that target integrated management of forest landscapes and sustainable land use,
  • Demonstration of sustainable agricultural best practices based on land and water conservation that address the improvement of agricultural ecosystem services and the reduction of local influence on forests,
  • Improvement of capacities at local level addressing the implementation of sustainable land and forest management practices that combine the management of land, water, biodiversity and environment aiming to improve ecosystems and ensure livelihoods for local communities.

Land Degradation & Sustainable Forest Management project level results indicators:

  • Hectares of degraded land restored and rehabilitated;
  • Hectares of land applying sustainable forest, agricultural and water management practices;
  • Number of communities demonstrating sustainable land and forest management practices.

Project eligibility criteria: 

The project selection process remains in line with established SGP standards, and open to the national NGOs operating in Tavush region. 

Budget:

As per the SGP Operational Guidelines, the maximum amount for each grant project should not exceed the limit of US$ 50,000.

Duration:

The duration of each grant project shall not exceed 24 months, given the nature of projects.

Project concepts should be submitted to Hovhannes Ghazaryan, UNDP/GEF SGP National coordinator in Armenia via email (hovhannes.ghazaryan@undp.org) and Hovik Sayadyan, Technical Task Leader of SLM/SFM project (hovik.sayadyan@undp.org).

The deadline for applications is October 8, 2017