EU - Support to Long-term Sustainable Ecosystem Management and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Transboundary Conservation Areas

Wildlife and wild habitats across Africa have faced a number of challenges for many decades. In recent years the threats of ongoing land conversion to settlement, agriculture and forestry and industrial activities, combined with uncontrolled hunting and exacerbated by the uncertainties posed by climate change, have reached the point of crisis for a wide array of animal and plant species. There has been a belated recognition by the international community of the linkages between biodiversity loss and the weakness of an array of social factors, accompanied by poor governance and organized criminality. This dawning awareness of the global scale of wildlife crime and the connectedness of wildlife population processes and ecosystem functions, both within and between countries, has led to initiatives by a number of national governments, in many cases supported by international donors, as well as agencies and NGOs involved in combatting international criminal networks, to address these challenges at local, national, regional and global scales.

The scale of problems facing biodiversity is undoubtedly global, but it remains clear that a large portion of the action must necessarily focus at the grassroots level of human communities and the landscapes they share or contest with wild nature. Historical boundary alignments and internal development patterns have resulted in the relegation of so-called 'marginal lands', which also host most of Africa's wildlife protected areas, to the vicinity of national borders. Natural ecosystem processes are not limited by geo-political lines on the ground, but the management attention they receive is subject to differing national policies and capacities to deliver on them. These geographical realities require that conservation activities must increasingly focus on transboundary areas and on the need to coordinate approaches to community-based conservation and management, conflict mitigation and wildlife law enforcement between national governments and civil society organizations (CSOs). Accordingly, a number of trans-boundary conservation areas (TFCAs) have been established to better manage wildlife species across borders.

The EU has taken action to support biodiversity conservation, both within its boundaries and internationally, with the commitment of more than €500 million in Africa over the past 30 years. The current portfolio of on-going projects amounts to approximately €160 million. During 2014-2020, EU will invest €710 million in wildlife conservation across Africa. From February 2014, the EU has engaged in communication and consultation on approaches to wildlife trafficking and has recently completed studies and consultations leading to the formulation, finalization and adoption of ‘Larger than Elephants: Inputs for an EU Strategic Approach to Wildlife Conservation in Africa’, which outlines initiatives to be implemented to address the wildlife crisis. The EU's Action Plan against wildlife trafficking (2016-2020) addresses such trafficking within the EU and more broadly on a global scale, through 32 measures divided over three priority areas: prevention, enforcement and cooperation.

The Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) of the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) has allocated €30 million to the Cross-Regional Wildlife Conservation (CRWC) programme in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. This programme has three Specific Objectives, as outlined in its Action Document : i) strengthen wildlife law enforcement and cross-border collaboration in selected transboundary ecosystems; ii) enhance anti-trafficking efforts; and iii) promote and strengthen establishment and sustainable management of trans-frontier conservation areas (TFCAs). As part of this programme, there is a particular effort to further the opportunities for positive change by offering financial and technical support from a fund of €9 million to civil society organizations and communities to jointly implement actions aimed at promoting long-term sustainable ecosystem management in TFCAs in SADC, EAC and IGAD. This support will be provided on the basis of a Call for Proposals for projects to be implemented jointly by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), possible public sector operators, local authorities or private sector partners,  international organizations (IO) and local communities living in or adjacent to TFCAs.

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is the identification and subsequent implementation of actions by stakeholders living in or adjacent to TFCAs. Such activities will be aimed at promoting and strengthening the establishment and sustainable management of the TFCAs.

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
minimum amount: EUR 800,000
maximum amount: EUR 1.2 million



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