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2018-01-30 | News
CALL FOR CONCEPTS

FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE LAND AND FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECT IN LORI 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 Lori 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
Implementation of community-level actions and civil society initiatives aim at integrated management of forest landscapes and sustainable land use, thus ensuring additional income for the local population and reducing local influence on forests.
In line with the SGP Country Programme Strategy and SLM/SFM priorities, the following types of projects are suggested:
Use of non-timber products, including fruits, berries, mushrooms, herbs and other sub-products,
Introduction of alternative heating systems (solar systems, energy-saving alternative fuel, etc.)
Income generating activities (tourism development, including ecotourism supporting infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, etc.)
Land Degradation & Sustainable Forest Management project level results indicators:
Increased local income through sustainable and effective use of forest ecosystem services,
Around 20% increase of the project beneficiaries’ income and mitigation of pressure on forest ecosystems,
About 30% of women beneficiaries with increased income in targeted communities.
Project eligibility criteria: 
The project selection process and further implementation remains in line with established SGP standards and procedures. The call is open to the national NGOs operating in Lori 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.
Consultation meetings: 
To support formulation of project ideas, the SGP and SLM/SFP projects’ team is planning to conduct consultation meetings with NGOs and community-level stakeholders in accordance with the timetable below.
- February 7, 2018 in Vanadzor, at 12:00, at Lori marzpetaran, 1 Hayk Square, tel. 093 245686  
- February 8, 2018 in Alaverdy, at 12:00, at Aarhus center, 8/1 Zoravar Andranik, tel. 091 199324
- February 9, 2018 in Stepanavan, at 11:00, at Stepan Shahumyan Museum, 2 Garegin Njdeh St., tel. 093 315108
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 February 15, 2018. 

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 Lori 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

Implementation of community-level actions and civil society initiatives aim at integrated management of forest landscapes and sustainable land use, thus ensuring additional income for the local population and reducing local influence on forests.

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

 

  • Use of non-timber products, including fruits, berries, mushrooms, herbs and other sub-products,
  • Introduction of alternative heating systems (solar systems, energy-saving alternative fuel, etc.)
  • Income generating activities (tourism development, including ecotourism supporting infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, etc.)

Land Degradation & Sustainable Forest Management project level results indicators:

  • Increased local income through sustainable and effective use of forest ecosystem services,
  • Around 20% increase of the project beneficiaries’ income and mitigation of pressure on forest ecosystems,
  • About 30% of women beneficiaries with increased income in targeted communities.

Project eligibility criteria: 

The project selection process and further implementation remains in line with established SGP standards and procedures. The call is open to the national NGOs operating in Lori 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.

Consultation meetings: 

To support formulation of project ideas, the SGP and SLM/SFP projects’ team is planning to conduct consultation meetings with NGOs and community-level stakeholders in accordance with the timetable below.

- February 7, 2018 in Vanadzor, at 12:00, at Lori marzpetaran, 1 Hayk Square, tel. 093 245686  

- February 8, 2018 in Alaverdy, at 12:00, at Aarhus center, 8/1 Zoravar Andranik, tel. 091 199324

- February 9, 2018 in Stepanavan, at 11:00, at Stepan Shahumyan Museum, 2 Garegin Njdeh St., tel. 093 315108

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 February 15, 2018