Call for collaborative project proposal:
“Reinforcing international collaboration and capacity building for Mediterranean Monk Seal Protection”
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 inclusive and collaborative project supporting the implementation 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) as well as the Action Plan for the Recovery of the Mediterranean monk seal in the Eastern Atlantic.
Scope and objectives of project(s):
- Projects should focus on concrete activities to address one or several of the below objectives and actions:
- Define potential monk seal habitats
- Better understand the status of the monk seal populations
- Raise awareness on monk seal status, negative impacts and adapted protection/mitigation measures
- Participation is expected from actors in all countries where monk seals populations are breeding, established and where there have been recent sightings of monk seals.
- Capacity building and international collaboration should be important aspects of the project. Therefore, the project shall be inclusive of various actors with different backgrounds and level of expertise. It may reinforce existing collaboration between actors and create new partnerships, as needed to achieve the objectives. Stakeholders with extensive experience on MS conservation are expected to participate in the project in an advisory/capacity building role.
- Projects should have a duration of 2 to 3 years.
- Co-financing of at least 50% of project costs is encouraged.
- Projects will need to start by June 2021 at the latest.
- Maximum level of MSA funding: 300 000 €
- Project inclusiveness (number of organizations/countries involved) will be a main criteria of selection
- The proposal needs 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 October 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 15 January 2021. 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.