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A new Program to support CSOs that safeguard biodiversity is launching its first call for projects.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s French Committee is calling for proposals to support projects in developing countries that embrace biodiversity conservation and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).

Applicants have until 26 May to answer the call for proposals issued by the IUCN’s French Committee in its drive to support projects in developing countries, led by civil society partnerships. 

It’s part of the Support Program for biodiversity, named “ProBioDev”, for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in developing countries. The initiative will support projects focused on biodiversity conservation and Nature-based Solutions, addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Mounting a coalition to protect biodiversity

The ProBioDev program was launched in February 2024 with the support of a coalition of donors, including AFD, the French Office for Biodiversity, the Audemars Piguet Foundation, Fondation de France, Manthano Foundation, Maisons du Monde Foundation and the EGIS Foundation. The program has the long-term objective of strengthening the capacities and partnerships of civil society organizations for more effective actions in favor of the environment and the preservation of biodiversity.

This month’s call for projects puts fresh wind in the sails of the push for the protection of biodiversity worldwide, as it aims to finance about ten projects carried out by civil society partnerships. 

The call applies in countries eligible for ODA

These partnerships, combining a French civil society organization with a local CSO, are committed to preserving the environment through various initiatives. 

The call extends only to projects operating in countries eligible for official development assistance as defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which gives priority to the African continent.

Themes eligible for funding include the preservation of biodiversity and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), which are recognized as crucial levers for mitigating or adapting to the effects of climate change.

Grants range between €100,000 and €250,000, covering a maximum of 90% of the total budget per project. This aid is allocated for a maximum period of twenty-four months, which provides participants with the time to do significant work on crucial initiatives for biodiversity preservation.

Closing date of the call for projects: Sunday May 26, 2024 - 11:59 p.m. (CEST).

To find out more, click here. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the grant application, competition regulations, and to watch a replay of the video information session.  

CSOs eligible to respond to this call for proposals are invited to express their interest as soon as possible by sending an email to probiodev@uicn.fr.