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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is releasing a call for Letters of Inquiry (LoIs) for organisations that address the conservation of biodiversity in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot, and that meet the criteria set out in this call.

 Please read the Call for Letters of Inquiry before applying to this call. Following calls may have different requirements.

Eligible Countries:  Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles

Opening Date: Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Closing Date: Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 11:59 pm Eastern Time (Washington DC)

Grant Size: Above US$50,000

How To Apply: Submit your application in English or French through the ConservationGrants electronic portal by the closing date. If you do not have a ConservationGrants account, you will need to create a new account. . If you encounter any technical difficulties with ConservationGrants, please e-mail conservationgrants@conservation.org.

Technical scope of the call

CEPF is looking for proposals focusing on the following Investment Priorities as part of Strategic Directions 3 and 4 as detailed in the ecosystem profile

Strategic Direction 3: Strengthen the capacity of local communities and civil society at regional and local levels to enhance adaptive capacity and reduce exposure to climate change risks.

  • Investment Priority 3.1: Strengthen the technical, administrative and financial capacities of local CSOs with missions related to the environment and the fight against climate change.
  • Investment Priority 3.2: Promote exchanges and partnerships (at the national and regional levels) among CSOs working in priority KBAs, to strengthen technical, organizational, management and fundraising capacities.

Strategic Direction 4: Support research and ensure the dissemination of results for the promotion and improvement of knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) actions and related good practices.

  • Investment Priority 4.1: Support applied research activities that improve understanding of the role of specific ecosystems and test the effectiveness of promising EbA techniques. 

More Information

Online information sessions

Online information sessions will be held on 21 and 22 June 2023 to inform all prospective applicants and provide the opportunity to ask questions. 

  • Information session in French: Wednesday, 21 June, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Madagascar time (8:00 am – 9.30 am Eastern Time). Register here.
  • Information session in English: Thursday, 22 June, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Madagascar time (8:00 am – 9.30 am Eastern Time). Register here.

The sessions will be recorded.

Call for Letters of Inquiry

English (PDF – 251 KB)

French (PDF – 250 KB)

Additional Resources

Regional Implementation Team

CEPF has enlisted a consortium of nongovernmental organizations to be its regional implementation team (RIT) in the hotspot. Coordinated by IUCN NL and with SAF/FJKM as regional team lead, the RIT includes SAF/FJKM for Madagascar, ID-ONG for Comoros, FORENA for Mauritius and SeyCCAT for Seychelles. These organizations are working with CEPF to implement a five-year conservation strategy for the hotspot and build local civil society capacity. The RIT can be reached via the following email address: cepf.ritmadio2@saf-fjkm.org

The map of key biodiversity priority areas is available at: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/embedmid=1Swob_B3V0nZttpSsncAJ1YjNc5wYOY8&ehbc=2E312F