Call for collaborative project proposals:
“Conservation of the Mediterranean Monk Seal in priority areas”
The Monk Seal Alliance (MSA) was created in 2019 by its founding Member organizations: the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the MAVA Foundation for Nature, the Segré Foundation, the Sancta Devota Foundation, and the Thalassa Foundation. The MSA intends to bring together foundations and other donor organizations to leverage the scope and impact of field activities carried out to deliver on Mediterranean monk seal conservation and enable concerted, long-term and region-wide implementation of actions.
The aim of the MSA is to support effective conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal by:
- Promoting information exchange, networking and collaboration among experts
- Contributing to implementing existing regional strategies and national action plans through co-funding collaborative projects
- Leveraging funds by mobilizing other philanthropist organizations
- Helping coordinating efforts on monk seal conservation
- Disseminating information and raising awareness on the issue through the MSA partners’ networks
The Monk Seal Alliance has identified its near-time funding strategy for support towards monk seal conservation (2020-2024). The strategy is aligned with the Regional Strategies and Action Plans for the protection of the Mediterranean Monk Seal under the Barcelona Convention and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, as well as existing National Action Plans for the conservation of the species. It will also contribute to the objectives of the wider frameworks of the European Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 networks, the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan and the Convention of Biological Diversity.
As part of this strategy, the MSA launches a call for one or several collaborative projects to directly support Goal 21 of the Updated Regional Strategy for the Conservation of monk seal in the Mediterranean, adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention in December 2019 (UNEP/MED IG.24/22), and its associated Targets and Objectives. This first call will therefore primarily focus on “Group A” countries as defined by the Updated Regional Strategy, i.e. Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.
Scope and objectives of project(s):
- Projects shall be designed so that they directly contribute to achieving Goal 2 of the Updated Regional Strategy for the Conservation of monk seal in the Mediterranean of the Barcelona Convention as adopted in December 2019 (UNEP/MED IG.24/22, Annex II).
- To contribute to achieving this Goal, projects should focus on concrete activities to address one or several of the below objectives:
- End negative interactions with fishermen
- End harmful impacts of tourism
- Ensure legal, efficient and participatory protection and management of the species and its habitats (enforce or create new protected areas)
- Proposals which include activities related to monitoring and research will be considered, funding permitting, but only if there is a clear link with concrete conservation action, and if data produced is shared amongst relevant stakeholders.
- Projects proposals must include an education, information or training component.
- Projects need to be carried out in the priority areas mentioned above and in the Updated Regional Strategy: Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Actors working in other countries can be involved (e.g. for data sharing/ knowledge or technology transfer and/or capacity building).
- Projects shall be collaborative, either by reinforcing existing collaboration between actors and/or by creating new partnerships, as needed to achieve the objectives.
- Relevant institutional and intergovernmental actors (SPA/RAC, CMS etc.) could be involved, as implementing, technical, financial and/or coordinating partners.
- Projects should have a duration of 2 to 3 years.
- Co-financing of at least 25% of project costs is encouraged.
- Projects will need to start during the first trimester of 2021 at the latest.
- Indicative level of MSA funding: 50 000 € to 300 000 € per project (contribution may be higher for a larger-scale, international project).
- Potential of proposed actions to help achieve Goal 2 of the Updated Regional Strategy.
- Potential impact/return for invested funds.
- Proposals need to involve at least three (3) actors with proven track record on monk seal conservation, working together to implement activities and achieve project results. Priority will be given to projects with wide and inclusive partnerships, as relevant. Depending on the scope and relevance, international consortia may be prioritized.
- Proposals need to clearly show how the proposed activities build on previously funded similar efforts, taking into account lessons learned and success stories.
- Project participants are required to adhere to a common data sharing policy (to be proposed and agreed among project participants). Data and information generated by the project need to be made publicly available.
- Prospects for long-term sustainability of actions and project results need to be clearly outlined (e.g. replicability, human resources and long-term funding, legislation, enforcement).
How to apply:
Proposals will be considered through a two-stage submission process:
- By 15 August 2020: Submission of a Pre-application Form (see below) describing the main aspects of the project and how the project will respond to the objectives and criteria mentioned above, clearly outlining expected results and products, the role of each project partner, the project timeline and an indicative budget.
- Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full project proposal before 30 September 2020. Since one of the key objectives of this call is to increase collaboration among actors working on monk seal, successful projects may be asked to combine into one or several larger-scale projects, or to create a network of projects.