Stream, snowy banks.
Ala Archa National Park, Kyrgyzstan.
© O. Langrand


Call for Proposals for the Regional Implementation Team

Information in Japanese: 中央アジア山岳地帯ホットスポット地域実施チーム(RIT)に関する提案書募

Opening Date: 1 April 2019
Closing Date: 13 May 2019
Location: CEPF, 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 600, Crystal City VA 22202, USA
Email submission:

Eligible Applicants

CEPF will only accept proposals from the 13 groups listed below.
CEPF held an open call for expressions of interest from 27 February to 27 March 2019. The organizations listed below submitted an expression of interest by the closing date and are thus eligible to bid in a lead role for the RIT. There is no obligation for these organizations to submit a bid. These organizations are free to form partnerships with other organizations, regardless of whether those other organizations submitted an expression of interest. However, CEPF will only accept bids from the organizations below acting in a lead role. Organizations that did not submit an expression of interest wishing to be part of a consortium should approach any of the 13 groups listed below.

No. Organization Lead Contact Email Address
1  ACTED  Lisa Vader
2.  ARGO - Civil Society   Development Association Jamila Asonova
3. Association for Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan Vera Voronova
4. Biodiversity Conservation Fund of Kazakhstan Assylbekov Assylkhan;
5. Ecological Development Information Aarhus Centre Kanybek Isabaev
6. Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy Anara Alymkulova;
7.  Kyrgyz Wildlife Conservation Society Sergey Kulagin
8. Panthera Jared Watkins
9. Plateau Perspectives Marc Foggin;
10. Regional Mountain Centre of Central Asia Ysmaiyl Dairov
11. Wildlife Conservation Society Eric Traub
12. WWF-Russia Grigory Mazmaniants
13. Zoï Environment Network Otto Simonett

Call for Proposals

English (PDF - 353 KB)

Financial Questionnaire

English (Excel - (95 KB)

Proposal Budget Template

English (Excel - 92 KB)

Responses to Clarification Questions

English (PDF - 128 KB)

Ecosystem Profile

English (PDF - 5.9 MB)
Russian (PDF - 7.2 MB)

Previous Informational Webinar #2

CEPF held a Mountains of Central Asia RIT Bidders Conference webinar on Tuesday, 16 April 2019. A recording is available here (MP4 - 86.6 MB). The presentation slides can be found here (PDF - 642 KB).

Previous Informational Webinar #1

CEPF hosted an informational web-based conference during the expressions of interest phase on 12 March 2019. A recording is available here (MP4 - 53 MB). Note that there was a technical issue at the beginning, so visuals do not appear until 9:32. You can also download the presentation slides here (PDF - 842 KB).

Below are the written responses to questions asked in conjunction with the webinar.

Question 1: If individual proposed staff members of a RIT — Organization X — are also working for a different local organization [that is not part of the RIT] — Organization Y — is Organization Y also precluded from receiving “large” and “small” grants?

Response: Organization Y would not automatically be ineligible to apply for grants. However, a conflict of interest would exist and this would require measures to mitigate. The particular measures required would depend upon the specific circumstances. We encourage interested groups to submit an expression of interest now; you are free to ask about specific permutations now and/or at the time of the proposal. We also advise that you disclose any potential conflict of interests at the time of the proposal.

Question 2: Please comment on the requirements and standards for audits for RITs.

Response: RITs are required to engage independent auditors approved by Conservation International to audit expenses incurred and activities carried out in the performance of this grant. Typically, the RIT will be requested to submit a project audit within 90 days following the end of the second and fourth year of the agreement term.