Within the frame of the ECOPRONAT research program (Encouraging the Development of a Pro-Nature Economy), AFD is launching a call for expressions of interest (AMI) for research on the "Mainstreaming biodiversity in economic sectors". This Call for Expressions of Interest is the first phase of the selection process. The aim: Funding one or two research projects which will start in the fourth quarter of 2021. The call is open until May 28, 2021.
The Call for expressions of interest
The ECOPRONAT research programme aims to develop knowledge and methodologies to mainstream biodiversity in the policies and various sectors of AFD Group's interventions, to mobilise financial resources, and build capacities. This Request for Expressions of Interest targets research on two related themes (one with the other in a "mainstreaming" perspective): transformative changes in development models (development of knowledge in order to integrate biodiversity into agriculture, land use and cities sectors and policies), and the mobilization of financial resources to finance these changes.
The objectives of the research should be to:
- document the research results and experiments on biodiversity mainstreaming in the three sectors concerned by the program (agriculture and natural resources; land use planning and management of the consumption of space including agriculture, cities and water areas; and green cities)
- provide tools and insights based on the best available science that are useful for the design and implementation of official development assistance projects in these three sectors, whether by donors, recipients (administrations of the Global South in particular) or implementing partners (NGOs, consultancy firms, etc.).
The Request for Expressions of Interest will shortlist particularly promising research intentions, the promoters of which will then be invited to develop a complete proposal for final selection in the second phase.
Eligibility of research proponents:
Universities and research centers, NGOs, private foundations, international research centers and companies (including consultancy firms and individual consultants), which will make all their research public (no research involving a confidentiality agreement on the results and/or giving rise to patenting will be eligible).
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