Thailand- Medium-sized Grant Facility Call for proposals

Location: Bangkok, Thailand. 1st Apr 2013 to 1st May 2013

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce the launch of a Medium-sized Grant Facility (MGF). MFF is a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems (corals, sea grasses, estuaries, mud flats, etc.) including but not restricted to mangroves. The Medium Grant Facility supports projects that contribute to the sustainable development of coastal areas in Thailand through good practices of coastal ecosystems management, sustainable livelihoods, and coastal resilience.

Criteria for Thematic/Subject Area Selection for MFF Medium Projects in Thailand

MFF Medium Projects will follow the priorities identified in the Thailand National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAPs)  2011 - 2013. 

The thematic or subject area criteria used as the basis for MFF project identification are the 15 PoWs contained in the MFF Plan for Action. Project objectives should clearly support one or more of the PoWs, either directly, or in a strong cross-cutting manner. Project outputs and expected outcomes should address at least two (preferably more) of the Actions/Outputs listed under the 15 PoWs. It is also important to note that the PoWs are grouped into actions that support Knowledge, strengthen Empowerment, or enhance Governance, so the project outputs and expected outcomes should clearly relate to these. The project Actions/Outputs can, however, be modified, or be added to (from those listed under the PoWs), provided the modifications are necessary or intended to make the project objective more achievable.

Activities that communicate the project and the anticipated knowledge products should be clearly identified in the project plan. An additional preference (not a criterion) is that the proposed MFF project will build on previous or existing projects/ other interventions, by adding-value or expanding on them. 

Since 2009, Two focal areas have been chosen by the Thailand National Coordinating Body. The first is on the Andaman coast, basically the coastal zones and islands of Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang. The second is on the Gulf of Thailand coast of Chumpon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chantaburi and Trat.

In 2013, five provinces (Trat, Phang Nga, Satun, Samut Sakon, NakonSrithammara) where DMCR Mangrove Learning Centre are located have been selected as a priority area because knowledge management is the priority theme for Thailand. 

Criteria for Geographical Area/Site Selection

 As general guidelines, the following must be considered:
 The physical features of the coastal location (these should fit with the MFF categories, estuaries, lagoons, wetlands, sand dunes, etc.), and preferably there should be spatial mapping/planning data available.

  • The location should be large enough to be important at the ecosystem level, containing significant coastal habitats and resources and/or biodiversity with the need to improve their sustainable management, i.e. the location has been, or is being affected by negative human impacts.
  • One or more of the following concerns feature in the selected location: there are coastal protection, or rehabilitation, needs; there are climate change risks; or other coastal community resilience issues.
  • There are opportunities at site level to improve local livelihoods (e.g. additional or alternative livelihood potential can be demonstrated) and strengthen local empowerment.
  • There is evidence of good local authority cooperation with other local stakeholders and of local authority interest in the project.
  • Local community organizations already exist (e.g. CBOs/NGOs operate), or there is good potential to develop local structures and engage civil society in the project.
  • There is interest or potential to involve other stakeholders in at least a supporting role (e.g. NGOs, university groups, private sector).
  • Participation by women’s groups and opportunities for women can be identified and promoted in the selected location.
  • The MFF project can build on or add value to existing projects/other interventions in the selected area, and/or similar areas.

Criteria for Project Organisational and Institutional Arrangements
As the guiding principles of the MFF are that it is a multi-sectoral and partnership-based initiative; these principles should be reflected strongly in the project design. These important criteria relate particularly to project organization (including project management arrangements) and the involvement of institutional partners and other stakeholders.  

  • Two or more partners should be involved in the proposed project, with the lead partner clearly indicated; the existing (or potential) working and communication arrangements between the partners should also be explained clearly.  
  •  As far as possible, a balance should be reached in the project design, whereby two or more partner groups representing government, non government, private sector and local community/stakeholders can participate in the project to mutual benefit. 
  • The project’s organization should relate to, and support, the National ICZM policies and legal framework (as defined in PoW 11.1 and the Country Briefs on Coastal Governance prepared under this PoW).

Selection process
Applicants should submit a concept note in English. Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
The deadline for submitting concept notes is 17.00 hrs. May 1st, 2013.

Applicants should send concept note to Ms. Siriporn Sriaram, MFF Thailand Coordinator
Mangroves For the Future (MFF)
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Biohouse Building, Ground Floor
55 Soi Prompong, Sukhumvit Soi 39,
Klongton - Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
T: +66 2 262 0529-31  Ext. 229  F: +66 2 662 4388  M: +66 84 926 3374

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