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GRASP and its European Commission Project Preservation of forest resources and improved livelihoods for forest peoples through conservation of great apes.

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1 GRASP and its European Commission Project Preservation of forest resources and improved livelihoods for forest peoples through conservation of great apes as flagship species Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Tuesday 21 March, 2006

2 The GRASP Partnership The EC Grant: Proposal stage Proposal stage Selection Selection Implementation Implementation

3 The Great Apes Bonobo Bonobo Chimpanzee Chimpanzee Gorilla Gorilla Orangutan Orangutan

4 GRASP Partnership Registered as WSSD Type II Partnership UNEP and UNESCO UNEP and UNESCO Convention secretariats:Convention secretariats: CBD, CITES, CMS, WHC CBD, CITES, CMS, WHC 23 great ape range states 23 great ape range states 34 NGOs and 7 supporting partners34 NGOs and 7 supporting partners Donors (governments, foundations, business) Donors (governments, foundations, business)

5 Multilateral Environmental Agreements Multilateral Environmental Agreements Patrons Private Sector Private Sector Local Communities Local Communities NGOs 23 Great Ape Range States 23 Great Ape Range States Donor Governments Donor Governments UNEP UNESCO Joint Secretariat UNEP UNESCO Joint Secretariat GRASP: A Global Partnership

6 How we work Secretariat - UNEP & UNESCO Secretariat - UNEP & UNESCO Executive Committee - 11 members Executive Committee - 11 members Scientific Commission - IUCN-PSG, IPS Scientific Commission - IUCN-PSG, IPS Technical Support Teams Technical Support Teams Range State focal points Range State focal points GRASP Patrons GRASP Patrons

7 The GRASP European Commission Project The Proposal Stage

8 The Project Aim: preservation of forest resources and improved livelihoods of forest people thru conservation strategies. Mobilize wide international support thru IGM Promote development of national plans Increase capacity for implementation 4 pilot projects in West and Central Africa, and Indonesia.

9 The Funding Total project3.019m EUR EC component2.4m (80%) UNEP, NGOs619,000 (20%) includes 6% overhead

10 EC Proposal Timeline Late 2003Call for proposals 9 March 04 Deadline for applications h Brussels August 04 Planned announcement date January 05 Actual announcement date December 05Contract signed

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13 Partners not required for UN applicants, but may provide advantages Partners must: Have registered office in EU member state, or Have registered office in eligible developing country Selecting Partners

14 GRASP asked its existing partners to express interest All the European partners interested Born Free Foundation (UK) Bristol Zoo Gardens (UK) Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (UK) Orangutan Foundation (UK) Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (Germany/Switzerland) Other partners didnt realize they might be eligible, eg some US based NGOs

15 Title Location Amount requested Summary Objectives Justification Detailed description of activities Methodology Duration and action plan 1.The Action

16 2. Expected results of the action Expected impact on target group Expected impact on target group Publications and other outputs Publications and other outputs Multiplier effects Multiplier effects Short and long-term impact Short and long-term impact 3.Budget 4.Sources of funding

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23 Selection Process Selection Process Dec 03 Visit by Rob Hepworth and Ex MEP to Brussels March 04 Submitted proposal April 04 ED (offered to) phone M. Wallstrom, DG Envt Aug – Dec No response from EC Jan 05 Rejection letter, but positive evaluation, offer to keep on file March 05 Parliamentary question tabled May 05 Approval granted

24 Evaluation CapacityUNEP rated 20/20 Relevanceto the call for proposal to the target countries MethodologyDesign, practicality, indicators SustainabilityImpact, multiplier effect Budget and Cost effectiveness ratio of costs to results is expenditure necessary?

25 Finalization June 05 visit to Brussels June 05 visit to Brussels July – Aug amendments to project activities and budget July – Aug amendments to project activities and budget November finalization November finalization December contract between UNEP and EC signed and funds disbursed December contract between UNEP and EC signed and funds disbursed

26 Implementation Develop UNEP master project Develop UNEP master project Develop sub-project documents with each NGO Develop sub-project documents with each NGO Convert all budgets from EUR into USD Convert all budgets from EUR into USD Deal with reporting requirements Deal with reporting requirements UNON vs EC UNON vs EC

27 Problems Working in EUR and USD within UNON system. UNON IMIS etc only dealing with the 80% under their control, while EC wants reporting on 100% Progress on field projects – civil war etc.

28 Lessons Learned Choose partners carefully Choose partners carefully Dont plan for activities which need to start within next months Dont plan for activities which need to start within next months Involve UNEP-Brussels Involve UNEP-Brussels Build staff into the budget Build staff into the budget

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