"UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok Regional Indigenous Peoples Programme"
UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok Regional Indigenous Peoples’ Programme CALL FOR PROPOSALS INNOVATIVE PROJECTS on Indigenous Peoples’ Adaptation to Climate Change Background Indigenous peoples are a vital driving force of sustainable development. Their determination to exist as separate peoples with their own cultures, identities and livelihood clearly demonstrate the linkages between bio‐diversity and cultural preservation. There is increasing global attention to the irreversible impacts of climate change, e.g. UNDP’s global Human Development Report for 2007‐2008 focuses on Climate Change. Indigenous peoples play a critical role as stewards of bio‐cultural diversity. They have retained and adapted their traditional lifestyles, culture and identity to the continuing challenges of modernity, development and increasingly volatile climate changes. At the same time they have maintained the fragile eco‐systems they inhabit. These practices and solutions of adaptation and preservation of indigenous bio‐diversity and cultural heritage provide valuable lessons and can help identify innovative and creative methods of adaptation to the challenges of climate change, often exacerbated by inappropriate development. Regional Initiative on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development (RIPP) UNDP’s regional programme on indigenous peoples aims to strengthen policy dialogue at the local, national and regional level and policy dialogue, and to facilitate coordination on indigenous/highland peoples’ rights and sustainable development in the Asian region. The contribution and success stories of the Asia region in adapting and enriching bio‐cultural diversity effectively demonstrates the linkages between different peoples, places, cultures and ecology that share a common focus in surviving through today’s world of increasing erosion. RIPP aims to facilitate regional sharing and learning so as to make better known the contributions indigenous peoples have and can make to sustainable and culturally responsive bio‐diversity. 1|Innovative P r o j e c t o n I n d i g e n o u s P e o p l e s ’ A d a p t a t i o n t o C l i m a t e C h a n g e Through innovative projects, RIPP seeks to draw greater attention and acknowledgement of indigenous peoples’ role in protecting the world’s rich and diverse bio‐systems through innovative projects. Successful projects can also serve as models for demonstration and replication in other parts of Asia and of the world. Innovative Projects on Indigenous Peoples’ Adaptation to Climate Change The changing climate combined with depleting natural resources and development challenges are both an opportunity and a threat. Demonstration projects that can clearly show successful adaptation to the changing climate and often severe environmental degradation can help us understand and address these new challenges and threats. Projects that are built on the use and management of available natural resources and indigenous knowledge systems in a creative manner can also help strengthen the economic and social viability of the community. Some of these methodologies are already in use, but have not been shared beyond their specific areas/regions, while others can be developed if given the necessary space, encouragement and resources. The main objective is to show that indigenous peoples are dynamic, and can adopt flexible and responsive approaches to keep abreast of change. The projects are also expected to inspire and benefit other indigenous communities both in the Asia‐Pacific region and elsewhere for better protection of Bio‐cultural diversity. Objectives & Nature of the Projects The aim of the projects is to identify practical examples of adaptation to climate change. They should demonstrate and celebrate the determination and courage of indigenous peoples’ in continuing to survive as distinct peoples through changing landscapes and an uncertain future. They provide an opportunity to indigenous communities in Asia to explore and expand on their indigenous practices. And to design innovative strategies that can help them continue to survive in today’s world of changing climates and seasons, and diminishing resources. Key Focus: 1. To capture the dynamic nature of indigenous peoples’ innovations and adaptations as coping strategies; 2. Should have a linkage to economic and other livelihood activities; 3. Special focus will be given to the role of women as custodians of culture; 4. To demonstrate the practical linkages that exists between global warming, loss of bio‐ cultural heritage and adaptation/coping strategies by Indigenous Peoples; 5. Emphasis will be on ensuring a clear linkage between indigenous practices and knowledge systems to the innovative activities of the project; 6. Linkages between culture, natural resources and economic livelihood; 2|Innovative P r o j e c t o n I n d i g e n o u s P e o p l e s ’ A d a p t a t i o n t o C l i m a t e C h a n g e Relevant areas: 7. Institutional capacity of IPO to implement proposed project activities; 8. Project sustainability and possibility for replication in other indigenous communities. 9. Multi‐stakeholder participation and partnerships is an advantage. Guidelines for Proposal Development 1. Proposals may be submitted by any local, national or regional indigenous peoples’ organization from Asia; 2. Proposals must demonstrate innovation and should apply/use indigenous creative practices to the proposed projects. 3. Proposals with counterpart funding contributions, whether in kind or in cash, will be given priority; 4. Proposed project activities should be completed no later than 30 May 2009 5. Each Project will receive maximum US$12,000 6. Each proposal must be submitted according to the outline in ANNEX A. 7. Proponent Organization should also submit: Organization Profile (ANNEX B); A copy organization’s legal registration; Any other information deemed relevant to the proposal. Mechanics for Submission of Proposals • Deadline for submission of proposals is 31 July 2008. • Proposal should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org • Projects should be conducted over a period of 6‐8 months, with project activities completed no later than 30 June 2009. • Eight (8) projects will be selected through a competitive basis, with maximum funding of US$12,000 per project. • Further information may be requested; • Successful projects will be identified and notification sent to the relevant IPO/NGO; • Financial and administrative procedures will be undertaken as per UNDP rules and regulations. Documents Check List Full Proposal Organization Profile (see ANNEX B) A copy of organization’s legal registration Bank Statement Financial Management Flow Chart (if any). 3|Innovative P r o j e c t o n I n d i g e n o u s P e o p l e s ’ A d a p t a t i o n t o C l i m a t e C h a n g e ANNEX A. Proposals Outline I. Background Information 1. Project Title 2. Requested Amount (in US $ only) 3. Name of organization 4. Contact information(mailing address, telephone & fax, email, and websites) 5. Mandate and key objectives of proponent organization 6. Person in Charge or the Organization 7. Person in Charge of The Proposed Project (if different from No 6) 8. Brief description of experience and expertise of proponent organization in the implementation of similar projects. II. Rationale Provide a brief description of the background of the proposed project, the issues to be addressed, and potential linkages with other institutions, programmes and projects. III. Objectives Describe in detail the main goal and specific objectives of the proposed project. IV. Strategy Provide an overview of the proposed activities, intended outcomes/impacts, expected outputs and deliverables, timelines, and involvement of the indigenous peoples in activities of the proposed project. This should also describe the potential applications and integration of the innovation to indigenous peoples’ practices. (Maximum 1 page) V. Partnerships and Sustainability Describe the possible partnerships and linkages among the indigenous communities, their respective institutions (if any), the UNDP Country Office, and others, including how such partnerships will be pursued during the duration of the project. It will also describe how the project will ensure the sustainability of the project beyond the project duration of one year. (Maximum 3 paragraphs) VI. Results and Resources Framework (one‐page matrix) Project Title: Intended outcomes/impacts: Outputs Indicative activities Performance Inputs/Budget Indicative indicators timeframe VII. Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements This will include how participatory mechanisms will be instituted in the project, the consultation and reporting procedures, and internal monitoring procedures to ensure effective and efficient project implementation. VIII. Detailed Budget Proposal 4|Innovative P r o j e c t o n I n d i g e n o u s P e o p l e s ’ A d a p t a t i o n t o C l i m a t e C h a n g e ANNEX B. Organization Profile (Maximum 3 Pages) I. Background: Describe briefly the historical background of your organization, members of your organization etc. II. Goal and Objectives Please mention your vision, missions/objectives and goals your organization wants to pursue. III. Structure: Mention the structure of your organization and your daily basis operations IV. Activities, Network and Afiliation/s Describe briefly your activities and past experiences, at local, national and international level. Please mention your affiliations with other indigenous organizations at national, regional and international level (if any) V. Partnership and Financial Support Please mention your main financial supporters and your issues they are in support to. Please also mention your past experience working with any UN Agencies and (or) other international organizations/agencies 5|Innovative P r o j e c t o n I n d i g e n o u s P e o p l e s ’ A d a p t a t i o n t o C l i m a t e C h a n g e