[CDHC] NOAA International Coral Conservation Grants

Cheryl Woodley Cheryl.Woodley at noaa.gov
Thu Nov 20 11:24:52 EST 2003

Good Morning CDHC Members,
I am forwarding you this RFP notification for international coral 
research incase you haven't seen it yet.
Cheryl Woodley

 >From: "Eileen Alicea" <Eileen.Alicea at noaa.gov>
 >Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 14:18:14 -0500
 >Subject: [WCEN] NOAA International Coral Conservation Grants
 >NOAA International Coral Conservation Grants
 >An opportunity for funding of international
 >coral reef projects is now available through
 >NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program,
 >which was published in the Federal
 >government grants
 >website on Tuesday, July 2, 2003. Applications
 >for funding are DUE TO NOAA on March
 >12, 2004.
 >The Fiscal Year 2004 Federal Funding Opportunity
 >provides specific information on the
 >eligibility, proposal content, etc., for each of
 >the four international coral conservation project
 >categories included in this year's funding. To
 >access the PDF file of this Federal Funding
 >Opportunity, please go to http://ipo.nos.noaa.gov/coralgrants.html.
 >Eligible Applicants
 >Eligible applicants include all international,
 >governmental, and non-governmental organizations,
 >including the Federated States of Micronesia,
 >Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the
 >Marshall Islands. Eligibility is also contingent
 >upon whether activities undertaken with respect
 >to the application would be consistent with any
 >applicable conditions or restrictions imposed
 >by the U.S. government.
 >The International Grant Program has four project categories:
 >1. Promote Watershed Management in Wider
 >Caribbean small island communities excluding
 >the Mesoamerican coral reef corridor: : The
 >National Action Plan encourages the U.S. to
 >assistance in managing and conserving reef
 >ecosystems and their watersheds." Further, the
 >U.S. and its partners are launching the White
 >Water to Blue Water Initiative presented at the
 >World Summit on Sustainable Development. This
 >Partnership emphasizes a cross-sectoral
 >approach to marine resources management
 >beginning with the upstream watershed and
 >extending to the adjacent marine environment,
 >including coral ecosystems. It is intended to
 >help implement international agreements and
 >programs, for example, the Barbados
 >Programme of Action for the Sustainable
 >Development of Small Island Developing States,
 >Convention for the Protection and Development of
 >the Marine Environment of the Wider
 >Caribbean Region (the Cartagena Convention) and
 >its three protocols (including The Protocol
 >concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and
 >Activities), and the International Coral
 >Reef Initiative. Therefore, IPO
 >will fund activities that implement best
 >management practices that reduce or control
 >runoff to
 >near shore coral reef ecosystems in the Wider
 >Caribbean; assess effectiveness of these
 >management practices; engage stakeholders and
 >government agencies in collaborative
 >partnerships to implement these practices; and
 >recommend a set of best management practices
 >that can be applied to small island Caribbean systems.
 >2. Enhance Management Effectiveness of Marine
 >Protected Areas (MPAs): The "National
 >Action Plan" calls for strengthening the
 >protection of resources within existing MPAs.
 >has launched a strategic partnership with the
 >World Conservation Union÷s (IUCN) World
 >Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and World
 >Wildlife Fund  (WWF) International to
 >improve the management of MPAs by providing
 >managers, planners and other decision
 >makers with methods for assessing the
 >effectiveness of MPA sites. Therefore, IPO will
 >activities at coral MPA sites that are building
 >an adaptive management and evaluation program
 >and will conduct an assessment of management
 >effectiveness in order to strengthen and
 >achieve the
 >site goals and objectives. The first subcategory
 >of the Management Effectiveness category will
 >emphasize single site projects and the second
 >subcategory will emphasize regional capacity
 >building in the WCPA-Marine/WWF methodology.
 >Project must incorporate the approach
 >being developed by the WCPA-Marine/WWF
 >International MPA Management Effectiveness
 >Initiative. The approach can be found in the
 >working draft of How is Your MPA Doing?
 >Guidebook for Evaluating Effectiveness of MPA's
 >posted at http://effectiveMPA.noaa.gov.
 >3. Encourage Regional Approaches to Further
 >No-Take Marine Reserves in the Wider
 >Caribbean and Southeast Asia: The "National
 >Action Plan" highlights the role that highly
 >protected areas play in creating a network of
 >coral marine protected areas for biodiversity,
 >conservation and sustainable fisheries
 >management. Through this program, IPO will fund
 >regional level activities that benefit existing
 >or proposed marine reserve networks of 2 or more
 >sites in one or more countries in the Wider
 >Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Preference will be
 >given to projects that involve 2 or more
 >countries. However, funds awarded to the project
 >through this announcement may not be allocated
 >for work at a U.S. site.  Southeast Asia shall
 >be defined by Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
 >Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,
 >and Vietnam. Furthermore, proposed regional
 >level activities must address the needs of
 >no-take marine reserves in the regions as
 >identified in the WCPA - Marine Caribbean
 >Regional Enhancement Plan and the WCPA-Marine
 >Southeast Asia Regional Action Plan.
 >4. Promote Socio-Economic Monitoring in Coral
 >Reef Management: The "National Action
 >Plan" highlights that the human dimension is
 >often overlooked in developing coral reef
 >management                  strategies and calls
 >for measures to enhance understanding of
 >stakeholder benefits and resolve important user
 >conflicts. Recognizing the importance of the
 >human dimension, the GCRMN published The Socioeconomic Manual for 
Coral Reef
 >Management, in partnership with NOAA, WCPA, and
 >the Australian Institute of Marine
 >Science (AIMS), a guide to conducting
 >socioeconomic assessments of reef user groups. As
 >follow-up, the GCRMN, WCPA-Marine and NOAA are working with ICLARM, the
 >University of West Indies and other partners in
 >the regions to develop socioeconomic
 >monitoring programs specific to Southeast Asia
 >and the Wider Caribbean. These regional
 >programs include three key phases: (1) development of SocMon, i.e.,
 >standardized, simple socioeconomic monitoring
 >guidelines for each region; (2) socioeconomic
 >training workshops for reef managers to learn
 >how to conduct SocMon, specifically how to
 >establish socioeconomic monitoring programs at
 >their sites; and, (3) establishment of
 >socioeconomic monitoring programs at
 >participants coral reef management programs.
 >this project category, IPO will fund phase three
 >- the establishment of socioeconomic
 >monitoring  programs at coral reef sites in Southeast Asia and the Wider
 >Caribbean. Proposals for such work in the Wider
 >Caribbean must utilize the SocMon-Wider
 >Caribbean Guidelines; and similarly, proposals
 >for work in Southeast Asia must utilize the
 >SocMon-Southeast Asia Guidelines. For the
 >purpose of this project category, Southeast Asia
 >shall be defined as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
 >Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore,
 >Thailand, and Vietnam.
 >Approximately $400,000 will be available in FY 2004 to support 8-10 
grants and
 >cooperative agreements under this program,
 >subject to the availability of funds.
 >$75,000-$100,000 will be allocated to each of
 >the four project categories as listed below,
 >with the following award ranges:
 >a. Watershed Management: Up to $75,000
 >b. Management Effectiveness:
 >    (1) Single site projects: $20,000-$40,000
 >    (2) Regional capacity building projects: $100,000
 >c. Marine Reserves: $25,000 - $40,000
 >d. Socio-economic Monitoring: $15,000 - $25,000
 >For more information, please contact Eileen
 >Alicea at eileen.alicea at noaa.gov or
 >301-713-3078 x218.

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