The A & F Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce a call for proposals to conserve endangered species for the 2021-2022 session. The call aims to mitigate against the loss of endangered species and proffer species sustainability through community engagement

ABOUT A & F WILDLIFE FOUNDATIONAt A & F Wildlife Foundation Inc, our commitment is to provide funding for young Wildlife Professionals and Enthusiasts to take positive actions to conserve, preserve, and protect Wildlife Species and work with the communities where they are found all around the world.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN), there are 41,415 species on the red list, and 16,306 species are threatened with extinction. The continued loss of our Wildlife Species and its attendant risk of extinction is why we have chosen to act in this way to provide grants focused on Wildlife Conservation Initiatives all around the world with a special focus on communities where these Wildlife Species are found. We hope to help stop the Extinction of Species and help these Communities live Sustainably with these animals for Now and Future Generations

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The Grant aims to increase local communities’ mobilization and engagement in species protection by implementing proven sustainable measures in protecting species through public and private initiatives.

EXPECTED RESULTS

Improved welfare of species, civic activism in promoting sustainable measures to a non-conflict coexistence of species and community members, and effective monitoring strategies of species.

FOCUS 1:

IMPROVED WELFARE OF SPECIES

Projects can cover (but are not limited to) the following activities:• Species survey: accurate population of a species currently classified as insufficient data as listed by IUCN or species whose population was last known ten years ago in a particular established extant range. The biology of species in the study areas is important.• Threat assessment and intervention: the threat to species in a particular range, species conflict evaluation, and environmental impact of those threats. Species intervention in the study areas must also be included.• Species ecological impact: The social communities’ impact and significant roles of species are included in this survey.

FOCUS 2:

CIVIC ACTIVISM IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE MEASURES TO A NON-CONFLICT COEXISTENCE OF SPECIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Projects can cover (but are not limited to) the following activities:• Promoting the use of cost-effective measures and practices that have a reduced impact on the environment (i.e., The use of environmentally friendly agricultural technologies.)• Educating local communities about the negative impact of certain traditional activities; also, building awareness of specific environmental hazards and raising capacity in managing these hazards (e.g., forest fires, landslides, etc.)• Mobilizing local communities to solve important environmental problems affecting the species• Providing economic development opportunities that promote environmental preservation

FOCUS 3:

EFFECTIVE MONITORING STRATEGIES OF SPECIES.

Projects can cover (but are not limited to) the following activities:• Monitoring of the public and/or private projects posing a risk to the species and advocating for positive changes;• Targeted media campaigns on salient environmental problems and their impact on the species

SELECTION CRITERIA

Grants will be awarded to projects demonstrating the following:

1.Proposal showing current evidence of species and statistical prove

2. Use of internationally proven models and technologies;

3. Mobilization and engagement of local communities in planning and implementing of project activities;

4. Proposal that is SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

5. Efficient and well-thought-out strategy of interaction between communities and lead researchers

6. Sustainability of a project (please note that sustainability can refer to activities, structures, knowledge, and outcomes that result from project implementation)

7. Cost-effectiveness of the project.

8. Degree of compliance with the objectives and conditions of the grant competition

9. Sound analysis of internal and external risks and efficient methods of risks mitigation;

10. Demonstrated commitment from major stakeholders, including concrete information about formal or informal partners;

11.Organization’s capacity to implement a project as demonstrated by:

(a) relevant qualifications of the involved personnel and/or experts,

(b) experience of project implementation in relevant issue areas, and

(c) capacity to manage a grant;12. Opportunities for co-funding from other sources.

PROJECT DURATION AND GRANT FUNDS

The minimum duration of the project is eight months, and the maximum period is12 months

ELIGIBILITY

This is open to young wildlife scientists or enthusiasm working or affiliated with a government organization and private sectors. However, the organization must be locally registered in the host country.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Interested applicants may submit inquiry forms by email at info@afwildlifefoundation.org. Applicants are to fill their forms online.TIMELINECompetition announcement June 25, 2021Deadline for submitting full project proposals September 28, 2020, 12.00 EST.

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