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Strategic Direction 1:
Promote civil society involvement in Integrated Coastal Zone Management to minimize the negative effects of coastal development in three priority corridors (Southwest Balkans; Cyrenaican Peninsula; and Mountains, Plateaus and Wetlands of Algerian Tell and Tunisia), and in 20 coastal and marine priority key biodiversity areas in other corridors

Contribution to the Conservation of Bou Areg (Mar Chica) Laguna through the Involvement of Civil Society in Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
The Mar Chica area is changing fast, as a priority area for tourism development on the coast of Morocco. With the changes come environmental challenges, which are the raison d’être of the engagement of AGIR with local communities. With this project, AGIR focuses on fishermen communities, most of them facing difficult economic situation. While no-catch zones are being set-up by the government, AGIR works with fishermen cooperative to explain the benefits of these areas, to introduce more sustainable fishing practices, and to encourage cooperative actions that will bring economic benefits while help preserving the resources. AGIR also consults with a wide range of stakeholders to set up economic alternatives to activities detrimental to the environment.

Amount $172,072
Grant Term 03/15 - 08/16
Grantee Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources

Strengthening Tunisian Organizations Environmental and Technical Skills
In 2014, more than 380 environmental NGOs were registered in Tunisia, most of them created after the revolution. In this context of emerging civil society, ATIA (a young organization itself, born in 2011) coordinates this program to strengthen civil society capacities. The program includes technical capacities, with a series of trainings on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, but also administrative and financial capacities, as well as strategic planning. With this project, ATIA contributes to a build a more effective civil society community for the conservation of coastal biodiversity, supporting directly 14 local organizations working on seven important coastal sites of Tunisia.

Amount $76,770
Grant Term 02/15 - 07/16
Grantee Association tunisienne des Ingénieurs Agronomes

Contribution to the Conservation of Kuriat Islands and the Bay of Monastir through the Involvement of Civil Society and the Private Sector
Build capacity within Notre Grand Bleu (NGB) to become an efficient local partner of the National Agency for the Protection of Coastal Zones for the implementation of the management plan for the future marine protected area on Kuriat Islands in Tunisia.

Amount $159,994
Grant Term 01/15 - 06/16
Grantee Notre grand bleu

Fair Access – Managing Turtle Watching and Quad Bike Traffic on the Nesting Beaches of Boavista
Create a "Turtle Hotline" to ensure fair distribution of turtle watching tours on Boavista, an island in Cape Verde, and minimize human disturbance, which could be damaging to turtle nesting sites. The project includes a series of workshops and discussions with all stakeholders involved to ensure acceptance and to build a sustainable financing mechanism based on a user fee for the Turtle Hotline. The project will also mark quad trails to minimize the environmental impact of turtle watching on nesting sites, coastal wetlands and other natural areas.

Amount $77,922
Grant Term 01/15 - 10/16
Grantee Turtle Foundation

Montenegro mid-term stakeholder assessment of the CEPF Investment
Assessing the role and needs of civil society in Montenegro in relation to the environmental challenges faced; including co-operation, communications and capacity. Future conservation priorities will also be identified. Recommendations and feedback to be reported to CEPF as part of the CEPF Mediterranean Basin program mid-term assessment.

Amount $1,945
Grant Term 01/15 - 03/15
Grantee NGO Green Home

Tunisian and Libyan mid-term stakeholder assessment of the CEPF Investment
Assessing the role and needs of civil society in Tunisia and Libya in relation to the environmental challenges faced; including co-operation, communications and capacity. Future conservation priorities will also be identified. Recommendations and feedback to be reported to CEPF as part of the CEPF Mediterranean Basin program mid-term assessment.

Amount $4,308
Grant Term 01/15 - 03/15
Grantee Reseau Enfant de la Terre

Mapping Integrated Coastal Zone Management Initiatives and Lessons Learned in North Africa
Capitalize on past and existing Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approaches in North Africa to complete preliminary mapping and analysis of positive and negative experiences, with a particular focus on the involvement of civil society. The grantee will then prepare a toolkit and complete trainings for civil society organizations from the North African countries to increase their capacity to become involved in ICZM.

Amount $72,000
Grant Term 11/14 - 06/15
Grantee Cabinet Sami Ben Haj

The Essaouira Dunes: Mapping a Sustainable Future for the Coastal Atlantic Plains of Morocco
Secure the long-term future of Morocco's Essaouira Dunes and the surrounding corridor through Integrated Coastal Zone Management. The goal is to protect the dunes, archipelago and other associated habitats, and the wildlife that depends on these key biodiversity areas. Develop an ecotourism charter to be adopted by the local council, tour agencies and hotels pledging their commitment to protect the dunes and local ways of life. Build capacity of government and civil society to sustain conservation efforts for the site.

Amount $19,432
Grant Term 09/14 - 01/16
Grantee Groupe de Recherche Pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc

Circuit Ecotourism Within the Dunes of Ras Alby
Protect and rehabilitate the Ras el Malan dunes in Tunisia by implementing a circuit ecotourism trail and developing awareness activities for local schools, hotels and relevant stakeholders about the importance of this key biodiversity area.

Amount $19,962
Grant Term 08/14 - 12/16
Grantee Association de protection de l’environnement Hammem Ghezaz

Introducing the Conservation Agreement Model for Community-Based Conservation to Nongovernmental Organizations in Tunisia and Algeria
Strengthen the capacity of local NGOs from Algeria and Tunisia by introducing the conservation agreement model. A workshop will provide training on the model and cover best practices; summarize the suitability of the approach for key biodiversity areas within the mountains, plateaus and wetlands of the Algerian Tell and Tunisia Corridor; identify NGOs interested in collaboration; and explore how to carry out joint fundraising and assist NGOs to draft plans for next steps.

Amount $19,716
Grant Term 06/14 - 10/14
Grantee CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 116 KB)
Related News and Information Presentation, French (PDF - 2.5 MB)

Promotion of Biodiversity Conservation Actions in Ulcinj Salinas
Use video and animation to promote ecotourism in Montenegro's Ulcinj Salina; and produce a webpage that includes a set of five short educational and promotional films.

Amount $16,980
Grant Term 06/14 - 12/15
Grantee KAWKA PRODUCTION, VIDEO SNEMANJE Gregor Šubic s.p

Protection of Marine Turtles and the Coastal Environment of the Kuriat Islands
Raise awareness for fishermen, visitors and tourists of beach conservation on Kuriat Island, Tunisia. Produce flyers and a video that exhibit the richness of the island coast and the danger of its loss.

Amount $19,963
Grant Term 05/14 - 11/15
Grantee Association des Fans de la Chebba (AFC)

Developing an Integrated Coastal Management Plan for l’Edough
Begin preparing a management plan for l'Edough, Algeria, in order to classify it as a national park. Review the existing data on the site, identify the gaps, and assess the ecological and socioeconomic context in collaboration with existing organizations.

Amount $19,900
Grant Term 04/14 - 04/15
Grantee Laboratoire de recherche “Ecologie des Systèmes terrestres et Aquatiques” (EcoSTAq)

Fostering and Bringing Together Nature, Tourism and Civil Society at Bojana Delta Through Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Mitigate the threats from unsustainable tourism development of Bojana Delta in Montenegro through the development of a comprehensive integrated coastal zone management plan for this pristine area through a community-based, participatory approach. This process will identify alternative sustainable coastal tourism opportunities that will preserve coastal ecosystems, benefit natural resources and protect priority sites as well as maintain cultural heritage integrating sport, cultural and recreational activities.

Amount $240,382
Grant Term 11/13 - 11/15
Grantee ECNC Land & Sea Group Agrupación Europea de Interés Económico

Environmental Awareness of the Local Community and Decision Makers in Tobrouk and Ain Alghazallah
Raise awareness about the importance of key biodiversity areas (KBAs) and their protection, particularly around Ain Alghazalah and Toubrouk in Libya. The target groups include hunters, Imams, relevant stakeholders and an environmental club that will be created in two schools around the KBAs.

Amount $19,960
Grant Term 10/13 - 07/15
Grantee Libyan Society for Birds (LSB)

Support Local Communities to Implement Nature-Based Tourism Practices Around Sasko Lake
Promote sustainable tourism for the Bojana Delta of Montenegro, focusing on Sasko Lake, and improving local livelihoods by building the capacity of stakeholders and fostering a local tourism network. Seek to improve the legal protected area status of the lake to benefit nature conservation and minimize negative impacts to the lake and its biodiversity.

Amount $123,820
Grant Term 10/13 - 03/16
Grantee NGO Green Home

Ecotourism Activities for the Conservation of Key Biodiversity Sites in Northern Tunisia
Support the full participation of local communities in the management of five of the most important bird areas of Tunisia. The five sites are organized as a network, with each of them benefiting from support to rehabilitate tourism infrastructures and train birding guides. Association des Amis des Oiseaux, together with four local partner organizations, will create a web platform for promotion of the sites and their ecotourism facilities, allowing tourists to learn more about biodiversity while also organizing their trip and booking accommodations and tours.

Amount $246,746
Grant Term 07/13 - 12/15
Grantee Association Les Amis des Oiseaux

Environmental Initiatives to Enhance Ecofriendly Tourism in Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde
Enhance ecotourism on Boa Vista Island by developing information on the beach, increasing environmental awareness and encouraging outdoor tourism in the region. The project will target fisherman, visitors, tourists, tourist agents and local stakeholders. A good comprehension of green tourism and the development of an official 'environmentally friendly' logo for companies and organizations that stick to eco-friendly tourism are expected.

Amount $19,800
Grant Term 07/13 - 03/14
Grantee Association for the conservation of the environment and the sustainable development.
Project Documents Final report, English (PDF - 148 KB)

Land of Eagles and Castles: Pilot Sustainable Tourism Model for the Albanian Adriatic Coastline
Identify, develop and market environmentally sound tourism opportunities along the Albanian coast in conjunction with relevant stakeholders such as local community associations, the tourism industry and government departments. These nature-based tourism activities will benefit biodiversity conservation, especially in priority key biodiversity areas, as well as the region's historical and cultural heritage.

Amount $248,623
Grant Term 07/13 - 06/16
Grantee Shoqata e Ruajtjes dhe Mbrojtjes së Mjedisit Natyror në Shqipëri (Association for the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania)
Related News and Information - Learn more about the project in this leaflet
- Read a press release about this project

Promoting Trebizat as an Ecotourism Destination
Involve the local community, nongovernmental organizations and authorities to promote the sustainable development of Trebizat tributary through the wise use of natural resources. Ecotourism activities will showcase local products, natural values and the cultural heritage of the area.

Amount $-4
Grant Term 07/13 - 06/14
Grantee The Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, Country Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 52 KB)

Sustainable Economic Activities in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas
Improve the management of two Mediterranean marine protected areas, Ain-el-Ghazalah Bay in Libya and Cap Negro-Cap Serrat in Tunisia, through participatory planning and stakeholder engagement of civil society, nongovernmental organizations and government authorities to secure commitment and good governance. Promote marine protected areas as tools to deliver social and economic benefits in addition to their conservation value.

Amount $350,656
Grant Term 07/13 - 06/16
Grantee WWF European Policy Programme-Branch Office
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 87 KB)

Albania Field Project: Sustainable Economic Activities in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas
Develop a sustainable tourism management plan for the Karaburun-Sazan Marine National Park and surrounding area; increase the local population and visiting tourists' awareness of the benefits of marine protected areas; and promote sustainable tourism and identify potential nature-based tourism initiatives. These activities complement the sustainable economic activities in Mediterranean marine protected areas led by the WWF Mediterranean Programme.

Amount $210,000
Grant Term 06/13 - 05/16
Grantee Institute of Nature Conservation in Albania

Ecotourism in Ulcinj Salina
Restore the infrastructure at Ulcinj Salina to create a tourist destination and gift shop showcasing the importance of this site for migrating birds on the Adriatic flyway. Train local guides to lead nature walks, learning from an exchange visit to Isola della Cona, Italy, and undertake regular monitoring of bird species in the salt pans.

Amount $170,976
Grant Term 06/13 - 05/15
Grantee NGO Center for Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro
Related News and Information - Learn more about this project

Preserve and Enhance Sustainable Tourism Between Lalzi Bay and Berat, Albania
Engage young Albanians, civil society organizations and government entities in promoting sustainable tourism practices, especially in Berat and Lalzi Bay. This includes the creation of a 'Green Radio' station and website aimed at promoting a balanced ecosystem approach that addresses pollution, waste management and other impacts of mass tourism in coastal areas.

Amount $52,993
Grant Term 06/13 - 12/14
Grantee Istituto Sindacale Per La Cooperazione Allo Sviluppo (Trade Union
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 226 KB)

Engaging Civil Society in Integrated Coastal Zone Management Planning
Assist in the implementation of the Coastal Area Management Programme Project in the municipality of Ulcinj with a focus on the Delta Bojana Key Biodiversity Area. Improve the capacity of national and local institutions to implement Integrated Coastal Zone Management (IZCM) by raising the level of awareness of the value of natural resources and the threats from unsustainable development patterns.

Amount $58,012
Grant Term 01/13 - 12/14
Grantee Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Project Documents - Final report, English (PDF - 309 KB)
Related News and Information Read a blog about this project

Protecting Threatened and Endemic Species in Cape Verde: A Major Island Restoration Project
Undertake the planning phase for the rehabilitation of Santa Luzia Island and establish biosecurity protocols with a view to the future translocation of the Critically Endangered Raso lark (Alauda razae). Engage with the Cape Verde protected-area authorities and local fishing communities and explore the potential for ecotourism activities within the Santa Luzia Island Natural Reserve and the Brancos and Raso Islets Integrated Reserve.

Amount $275,309
Grant Term 01/13 - 09/15
Grantee Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Related News and Information Safeguard document (PDF - 28 KB)

Small Grants Mechanism for the Mediterranean Basin
Jointly manage the small grants mechanism for funding requests up to US $20,000 for eligible countries in the Mediterranean Basin. The team comprising BirdLife International's Global Secretariat and Middle East Division, La Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux/BirdLife in France, and DOPPs/BirdLife in Slovenia will provide outreach and build the capacity of local civil society organizations in relevant languages in the Middle East, North Africa and Balkan States respectively.

Amount $137,904
Grant Term 06/12 - 12/16
Grantee Birdlife International UK