Small Grants Fund

Small Grants Funds of CEP are announced through a call for proposals on the CEP website. Currently there are three types of Small Grants Funds:

CaMPAM MPA


As part of its support to CaMPAM, UNEP-CEP has established a small grants fund, the goals of which are:

  • To strengthen the management capability of marine protected area (MPA) managers in the WCR;
  • To strengthen the capacities of institutions managing MPAs;
  • To develop and implement strategies for increased involvement of stakeholders in MPA management;
  • To develop and implement training programmes, strategies, and tools for improved management of MPAs;
  • To act as a catalyst in attracting funds from other bilateral and multilateral initiatives for the purpose of addressing stated priority problems and issues;
  • To promote “best management” MPA sites to serve as sites for demonstration, training, and internships; and
  • To promote horizontal exchanges of all types among MPAs, including twinning and mentoring programmes.

 

For further information, see links below:

 




Sustainable Fisheries and Alternative Livelihoods for Fishers



With funding provided by the Swedish International Development Coordination Agency (Sida), the SPAW Programme of the CEP has made available a Small Grant Fund for promoting sustainable fishing practices and alternative livelihoods for fishers in since 2005. This fund forms part of the CEP/SPAW initiative to develop adequate management plans and programmes for priority species of regional concern including those of economic value. Funds can be accessed for a maximum of US$15,000. The application form is available for download at the bottom of the page. The Small Grant Fund is open for organizations or institutions (individual applications will not be considered). Only successful applicants will be contacted to submit additional information. *A call for proposals will be announced here for the SGF for 2009 upon availability of funding.*

By extension, UNEP-CEP is also promoting its exchange programme on Sustainable fisheries and alternative livelihoods for fishers. This programme offers a unique opportunity for face-to-face exchanges with people of the same profession in countries of the Wider Caribbean Region. The aim of the programme is to facilitate exchanges between countries and sites where successful sustainable fisheries practices or alternative livelihoods for fishers have been developed to allow for transfer of experiences and practices within the region.

The exchange programme is open for organizations or institutions (individual applications will not be considered). Only successful applicants will be contacted to submit additional information.

Priority will be given to exchanges addressing:

  • Application of revenue generation alternatives for fishermen (e.g. displaced by zoning restrictions);
  • Application of sustainable fishing practices;
  • Raising awareness of local community, resource users or other relevant stakeholders on the needs of sustainably managing fisheries resources;
  • Exchange of experiences and best practices among fishermen and/or Marine Protected Area managers of different countries;


Priority will be given to proposals where the UNEP-CEP funding will add value to, or facilitate, exchanges where some funding has already been secured from other sources. The application form is available for download at the bottom of the page. *A call for proposals will be announced here for the SGF for 2009 upon availability of funding.*

Activities

Small grants fund projects and exchanges – reports and case studies, where applicable:

  • Project Implementation of a Mesh Exchange Program in the Negril Marine Park, Jamaica
  • Cultivating Sponges as an alternative for fishers displaced by destructive gear, Cuba
  • Identification of Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations in Los Roques, Venezuela
  • Promoting sustainable fisheries in Kuna Yala, Panama
  • Enhancing marine resources governance through developing capacity for communication in the eastern Caribbean, CERMES, Barbados. View case study
  • Towards a Sustainable Bonefish Recreational Fishery at Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Venezuela. View case study
  • Sustainable management of multi-species reef fish spawning aggregations: exchanging fisher experiences: Antigua and Venezuela to Belize and Mexico.
  • Using experiences from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico - Balu Uala, Panama.
  • Sustainability of Coastal Shrimp Fishing within two Caribbean Coastal Communities,TNC and National Aquarium, Dominican Republic.
  • Intercambio para el Desarrollo de APEJU (Asociacion de Pescadores de Juanillo), ReefCheck, Dominican Republic. View case study
  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries mechanism (CRFM) CERMES-UWI and Antigua & Barbuda Fisheries Alliance Inc.: Strengthening and Networking of fisher folk organizations (FFOs) at the Community, National and Regional Levels in the CARICOM region. View Case study


Additional outputs will be posted here

 

 

Best Management Practices in Agriculture.

 

Background


Annex IV to the LBS Protocol, on agricultural non-point sources, calls for the development of national plans that include education, training and awareness programmes for agricultural workers on “structural and non-structural best management practices”. The activities already completed or under way by CEP include CEP Technical Report No. 41 <http://www.cep.unep.org/pubs/Techreports/tr41en/index.html>, which surveyed best management practices currently in use in the region and the GEF project (described above) on Reducing Pesticide Run-off. This project will implement small-scale demonstration activities on the appropriate use of fertilizers, alternative crop cultivation methods and environmentally friendly livestock management techniques.


Objective(s)


The objective of this project will be to pilot innovative practices through practical application and disseminate the results to other countries and localities of the Wider Caribbean. Under this project, AMEP proposes to operate a small grants programme (maximum amount of
US$5,000) to assist in the implementation of small pilot demonstration projects. Participants will be expected to provide a counterpart contribution (in-kind or cash) and provide a project outline and summary for regional dissemination. At the end of the project period, a summary document will be prepared and the results will be available via the CEP/GPA Clearinghouse node.


Activities


Activities are ongoing with EARTH University <http://www.earth.ac.cr/ing/index.php>that are responsible for coordinating the programme. There will be a continuous review of project proposals and signature of agreements with national project implementing agencies, following which, the national implementing agencies will proceed to develop their projects according to the agreed workplans.
Outputs will be posted here. *A call for proposals will be announced here for the SGF for 2009 upon availability of funding.*