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The Call for Proposals for Medium Grants 2019 is open!

On 24 June 2019, BIOPAMA has opened the first call for proposals under the “Action component”, concerning medium grants in order to transform knowledge into actions.

Applications can be submitted in English or French by 21 September 2019 at 23:59 (Brussels date and time), via the online application portal. Applications cannot be submitted after this deadline.

Your journey will start by creating your user account in the applications portal.

All the potential applicants are strongly advised to read carefully the “Guidelines for Applicants – BIOPAMA Action component medium grants 2019” and the BIOPAMA AC ESMS manual before engaging in the application process.

Key resources:

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Useful resources:

Brief introduction: BIOPAMA Action component (June2019) Budget advice: BIOPAMA Action component medium grants 2019 Grant actors advice: BIOPAMA Action component medium grants 2019 BIOPAMA Action Component operational manual for Medium Grants

General information about the objectives and criteria for the BIOPAMA Action component

BIOPAMA Action Component objectives

Priority driven, the objective of BIOPAMA Action Component is to improve biodiversity conservation in priority areas through funding tangible on the ground actions.

From knowledge to action, the BIOPAMA Action Component is addressing key management and governance issues identified by diagnostic tools. Co-benefits for human well-being, livelihoods, as well as for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, will be explicitly sought whenever possible.

Key concepts

Priority Areas, in wider conservation landscapes, include inter alia, key landscapes for conservation (where identified in ACP Countries), Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), Marine Managed Areas or other protected and conserved areas, where their importance is justified by diagnostic tools or strategic documents in ACP Countries, including SIDS.

Diagnostic tools encompass, for the purpose of the BIOPAMA Action Component, quantified management and governance assessment tools -including IMET, PAME tools – e.g. METT, RAPPAM, the IUCN Green List, Enhancing our Heritage (EoH), or equivalent- or, if not available, strategic documents at the protected area, national and regional levels.

The BIOPAMA Action Component specific objectives

  • Enhance the management and governance of priority areas by addressing existing limitations (strengthening on-site infrastructure/equipment for patrolling, poaching control, developing capacity of staff);
  • Strengthen the legal framework required to achieve effective biodiversity conservation;
  • Support local communities' initiatives aiming to enhance the livelihoods of local people whilst effectively contributing to protected areas management.

Who is eligible?

Third parties eligible for BIOPAMA Action Component financial support must:

  • be a registered public entity;
  • be a registered non-profit legal entity;
  • be a registered small or medium enterprise (SME);
  • not be individuals or sole traders.


  • be a national, subnational or local government agency;
  • be a protected area or conserved area;
  • be a non-governmental organisation (NGO);
  • be a local community-based organisation (CBO);
  • be a regional organisation carrying out field projects;
  • be an international organisation (IGO) carrying out field projects.


  • be established in an ACP country (a member of the ACP Group of States);
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union;
  • be established in a European Overseas Country or Territory (OCT)
  • be established in an OECD Member State, in the case of contracts that are implemented in a Least Developed Country (LDC) or a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC), or in the case of a contract implemented in regional or global programmes which include at least one LDC or HIPC country.


  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the grant project; not acting as an intermediary.
  • not be a beneficiary of a grant funded by the European Union (including EDF funds) for the same activities.

What kind of activity is eligible?

For being eligible to BIOPAMA AC financial support, activities must:

  • Be located in one or several ACP countries, and within these in priority areas (as defined above).
  • Address clear priorities in terms of protected/conserved areas management and governance, sustainable use of natural resources and livelihood of surrounding local communities of the priority areas. The priorities must be identified by the diagnostic tools (as defined above).
  • Be consistent with the specific objectives of the BIOPAMA programme.
  • Achieve tangible results and impacts in the field expressed through clear indicators included in the project logical framework.
  • Comply with IUCN Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS).
  • Enable data and information sharing from the project with the BIOPAMA Regional Observatories and RIS.
  • Be cost-efficient and sustainable.
  • Be of practical field application and limited in time (confined to the duration of BIOPAMA II) to avoid dependency on the support provided by the Action Component.

Activities with co-benefits beyond conservation (e.g. on human well-being or climate change mitigation and adaptation) will be prioritised.

Examples of sectors and/or themes covered by eligible activities (this list is indicative):

  • Protected areas planning and management (e.g. measures to strengthen the knowledge base, potentially including collection of baseline data in places where this information does not exist, monitoring activities including through IMET, MEAs, Social and Governance Assessments so as to diagnose and address identified governance and management problems; elaboration/updating of Management Plans; creation of key essential infrastructure for management, patrolling, anti-poaching operations, visitors’ manacagement as well as obtaining key essential equipment and material provision and maintenance to ensure the effective implementation of these field operations).
  • Effective governance arrangements involving local people living in and around protected and conserved areas; equitable management of priority areas.
  • Enhancement of institutional and legal frameworks for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development at national, regional or protected area levels (e.g. revision of the legal framework, capacity development, training materials and technical advice). Mitigation of threats in priority areas.
  • Climate change mitigation, resilience and adaptation strategies in priority areas.
  • Sustainable livelihoods of local communities, vulnerable peoples and indigenous communities living in priority areas.

Warning ! The following types of action are ineligible:

  • The purchase of land, or the involuntary resettlement of people;
  • Activities on indigenous peoples ‘lands or territories without having obtained their free, prior and informed consent;
  • Activities on land contested by local communities or indigenous people;
  • Activities that negatively affect physical cultural resources and their access and use, including those important to local communities;
  • The removal or altering of any physical cultural property (includes sites having archaeological, palaeontological, historical, religious, or unique natural values).
  • Activities significantly affecting vulnerable groups within local communities, indigenous peoples or where these communities, vulnerable groups, indigenous peoples have not provided their broad support to the project activities;
  • Activities that include the procurement, handling, storage and use of unlawful pesticides.