FWS 2015 NOFA, Monitoring Guidance, Information Call

 

**Please circulate widely**  **A faire circuler largement** 

 

La version en francais suit

 

Dear Conservation Partners and Colleagues,

 

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) from the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Africa Program: http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-africa.pdf  (A French version will be posted shortly.)

 

Conservation priorities for USFWS support in 2015 focus on priority landscapes and themes including: conserving Gabon's wildlife in partnership with Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN); reducing bushmeat consumption and its commercial trade;  improving wildlife security at key sites; minimizing the impacts of extractive industry on wildlife; developing capacity for conservation; building teams to address conservation threats using the MENTOR approach, enhancing training at Ecole de Faune de Garoua in Cameroon, and strengthening site-based conservation at Virunga National Park (DRC), Conkouati-Douli National Park (ROC), the Tsuapa-Lomami-Lualaba (TL2) area (DRC), and the Sangha Trinational area with Odzala National Park (CAR, ROC, DRC). Please see the NOFA for complete details and the USFWS How to Apply webpage for complete administrative requirements.

 

We are also pleased to announce new guidance for performance monitoring to assist applicants completing the Monitoring and Evaluation proposal section: 

http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/guidance-effectiveness-measures-central-africa.pdf. The use of the standard indicators has the potential to improve conservation by helping USFWS and its partners monitor, assess and report on performance; collect, share and aggregate comparable data; and learn and improve from others implementing similar actions. The guidance includes "A User’s Guide to Applying this Guidance to USFWS Proposal Writing." As the NOFA states, all applicants of cooperative agreements are required to incorporate the Service’s guidance on project evaluation. All other applicants are encouraged, but not required, to do so.

 

To provide additional information on the 2015 funding cycle, USFWS is hosting a 30 minute informational conference call on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 8:30 am (Washington DC) / 2:30 pm (Libreville) / 3:30 pm (Kigali). The agenda will include a high-level overview of new information in the 2015 NOFA, changes in administrative requirements, the new guidance for performance monitoring, as well as a moderated Question and Answer section. The call will be in English, but questions can be submitted in English or French. Please communicate your interest in participating and send questions by November 17 to Heidi Ruffler (heidi_ruffler@fws.gov). Heidi will send the call number and weblink to participants (this information will also be available on the FWS "How to Apply" webpage). USFWS staff will endeavor to answer the most frequently asked questions during the call, but will also post a more complete list of questions and answers following the call on the USFWS How to Apply webpage.

 

Thank you for your contributions to conservation and your attention, and we hope that the 2015 NOFA, the new monitoring guidance, and our outreach efforts associated with these documents will continue to build on the trust, transparency, and good conservation design that USFWS strives for in our partnerships for wildlife conservation in Central Africa.

 

Sincerely, 

 

The USFWS Central Africa Team,

Dirck Byler, Branch Chief (acting)

Nancy Gelman, Program Officer

Matt Muir, Program Officer

Heidi Ruffler, Outreach Specialist

Andrew Diggs, Grant Specialist

 

 

 

 

Chers/Chères Partenaires et Collègues de la Conservation,

 

Nous avons le plaisir de communiquer l’Annonce de Financements Disponibles (NOFA : « Notice of Funding Availability ») du Programme Afrique de l’US Fish & Wildlife Service : http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-africa.pdf (Une version française sera postée rapidement).

 

Les priorités de conservation du soutien de l’USFWS en 2015 se focalisent sur des milieux et des thèmes prioritaires tels que la conservation de la faune sauvage du Gabon en partenariat avec l’Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN), la réduction de la consommation de la viande de brousse et de son commerce, l’amélioration de la sécurité de la faune sauvage dans des lieux importants, la minimalisation des impacts de l’industrie extractive sur la faune sauvage, le développement des capacités de la conservation, le renforcement du travail en équipe et de l’esprit d’équipe pour traiter les menaces pesant sur la conservation en utilisant la méthode MENTOR, l’amélioration de la formation à l’Ecole de Faune de Garoua au Cameroun et le renforcement de la conservation sur site dans le Parc National des Virunga (RDC), dans le Parc National de Conkouati-Douli (RC), dans le Tsuapa-Lomami-Lualaba (TL2) (RDC) et dans le Trinational de la Sangha avec le Parc National d’Odzala (RCA, RC, RDC). Veuillez voir le NOFA concernant les détails complets et la page internet « How to Apply » (Comment candidater) de l’USFWS concernant les conditions administratives complètes.

 

Nous avons également le plaisir d’annoncer de nouveaux conseils d’orientation pour le suivi des activités afin d’aider les candidats à rédiger la section Suivi et Evaluation de la proposition de projet : http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/guidance-effectiveness-measures-central-africa.pdf L’utilisation des indicateurs standards peut améliorer la conservation en aidant l’USFWS et ses partenaires à suivre, évaluer et rendre compte des activités, à collecter, partager et combiner les données comparables et s’à améliorer et apprendre de la mise en œuvre d’actions similaires par d’autres. Les conseils comprennent « Un Guide d’Utilisateur pour Appliquer ces Conseils à la Rédaction des Propositions de Projet de l’USFWS ». Comme mentionné dans le NOFA, tous les candidats à des accords coopératifs doivent incorporer les conseils du Service dans l’évaluation de projet. Tous les autres candidats sont encouragés, mais pas obligés, à le faire.

 

Afin de fournir des informations supplémentaires sur le cycle de financement 2015, l’USFWS organisera une téléconférence informative de 30 minutes le jeudi 20 novembre 2014 à 8h30 (Washington DC) / 14h30 (Libreville) / 15h30 (Kigali). L’agenda comprendra une vue d’ensemble de haut niveau des nouvelles informations du NOFA 2015, les modifications des conditions administratives, les nouveaux conseils pour le suivi des activités, de même qu’une partie modérée Questions & Réponses. La téléconférence sera en anglais, seul le personnel de l’USFWS parlera. En revanche, les questions peuvent être envoyées au préalable en anglais ou en français. Veuillez nous communiquer votre intention d’assister à la téléconférence et nous envoyer vos questions avant le 17 novembre à Heidi Ruffler (heidi_ruffler@fws.gov). Heidi enverra le numéro d’appel et le lien internet aux participants (ces informations seront aussi disponibles sur la page internet « How to Apply » de l’USFWS). Le personnel de l’USFWS s’efforcera de répondre aux questions les plus fréquemment posées durant l’appel, mais postera également une liste plus complète de questions et réponses après la conférence téléphonique sur la page internet « How to Apply » de l’USFWS.

 

Nous vous remercions pour vos contributions en conservation et pour votre attention et nous espérons que le nouveau NOFA 2015, les nouveaux conseils de suivi et nos efforts de sensibilisation associés à ces documents continueront à s’appuyer sur la confiance, la transparence et la bonne conception de la conservation avec lesquelles l’USFWS œuvre dans nos partenariats pour la conservation de la faune sauvage en Afrique Centrale.

 

Sincèrement, 

 

L’Equipe Afrique Centrale de l’USFWS,

 

Dirck Byler, Chef de la Branche (par intérim)

Nancy Gelman, Chargée de Programme

Matt Muir, Chargé de Programme

Heidi Ruffler, Spécialiste de la Sensibilisation

Andrew Diggs, Spécialiste des Subventions 

 

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