Updated Apr 15, 2019CLOSED

Recognising and Reporting OECMs in Malaysia Strategic Project: Small Grants Programme

Offered by United Nations Development Programme

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) provides to civil society organizations (including national NGOs, community-based organizations, and indigenous peoples organizations) in 125 countries. Grants are provided in the following GEF focal areas: mitigation of climate change (CC), conservation of biodiversity (BD), protection of international waters (IW), reduced impact of chemicals and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), prevention of land degradation (LD), and promotion sustainable forest management (SFM). SGP also seeks to generate sustainable livelihoods, reduce poverty, and create community empowerment.

It is expected that appropriate mapping and recognition of OECMs (“other effective area-based conservation measure”)will help deliver greater representativeness and connectivity in protected and conserved area systems, and provide an exciting opportunity to recognize and engage a broader range of stakeholders in conservation.
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CLOSEDApr 25, 2019Deadline
Up to $80,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented in:
Focus AreasEnvironment
Organizations wishing to apply for the implementation of the ‘Recognising and Reporting of OECMs in Malaysia’ will be expected to review the following responsibilities in view of the socio-cultural and political reality of the country.
  1. Socializing OECMs
    Run a series of consultations to introduce the international-level work on OECMs to key governmental and non-governmental agencies, private sector actors and indigenous peoples and local community groups in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
  2. Broad scale assessment of ‘potential OECMs’
    Identify and assess ‘potential OECMs’ (areas that prima facie meets the definition of an OECM but have not been assessed at the site level) within a defined jurisdiction either at the national or sub-national level, as appropriate.
  3. Local level assessment and reporting OECMs at the local level
    Working within a defined landscape, engage relevant governance authorities (across the governance types, as appropriate) of potential OECMs to:
    • Socialize them to the OECMs concept;
    • Engage in a consent process to work with them towards recognizing and reporting their OECMs (‘FPIC’ in the context of indigenous peoples and local communities, with the understanding that some may not grant FPIC);
    • With interested parties, use the IUCN Guidelines for Recognizing and Reporting OECMs to assess the areas at the local level (IUCN is expected to release the detailed Guidance volume in the first half of 2019);
    • Where areas meet the definition, work with the governance authority and UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) to report them to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA);
    • Investigate the gaps and needs for recognizing and supporting OECMs at the national or sub-national level(s) as appropriate; and
    • Publish and communicate a report on the experiences of the local level and reporting process with recommendations.
  4. Recognizing
    Develop a legal and capacity needs review that assesses the ways in which OECMs can be recognized at the state or national levels, including setting out gaps and recommendations for legal, policy and institutional reforms.
  5. International level engagement
    Feed the (interim) results back to the international levels, including at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) and CBD COP 15 in 2020.
Civil society organizations (including national NGOs, community-based organizations, and indigenous peoples organizations) are eligible to apply.

Application Directions

Submit one original copy of the Proposal (soft and hard copy) to theNational Coordinator, GEF Small Grants Programme, to the address in the attached materials.Keep a copy of your proposal for your own records as the one you submit will not be returned.

Application And Awards Process

The Project Proposal should include the standard cover sheet, a one-page table of contents and should not exceed 15 pages of text (including any charts or diagrams). The Proposal should be submitted in typed form.

Additional attachments (not more than 10 pages) may be submitted, including documents certifying the status of the organization, endorsements of the proposed project, funding commitments or other indicators of participation and support from other institutions, and evidence of community support and participation.

Please ensure that the project proposal and all attachments are legible. All supporting documents (attachments) should also have the name of the project on them.


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