AFD – call for project proposals : “boosting the potential of the blue economy in Sri Lanka : conservation of the shoreline, beaches and waves”

AFD – call for project proposals : “boosting the potential of the blue economy in Sri Lanka : conservation of the shoreline, beaches and waves”

In order to promote green and inclusive growth in Sri Lanka, AFD is willing to support a NGO initiative in the field of shoreline environment and biodiversity protection, starting in the first semester 2020.

The main objective of the « Boosting the Potential of the Blue Economy: Conservation of the Sri Lankan Shoreline, Beaches and Waves » project is to contribute to the preservation of coastal biodiversity and natural heritage, to preserve and encourage economic opportunities, and to reinforce social link.

The project will contribute in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, of which:

  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities;
  • Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption;
  • Goal 14: Life below water;
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals.

The project proposals should target coastal areas, and the most touristic ones in priority; the project developed could be adapted for replication to other relevant places. It may build on existing initiatives or start new ones.

The NGOs are encouraged to develop proposals that focus on a wide scope of themes such as the sea and the marine environment, coastal fauna and flora, waste management, waste reusal/recycling/upcycling/safe deposit and ecological behaviour on beaches, sustainable development of coastal areas, small facilities’ improvement for more cleanness and safety, etc., which will ultimately contribute in protecting the coastline environment and boost its economic potential.

Outcomes of activities implemented could be formalized by obtaining some type of label or certification that reward the participation to environmental conservation, conveying a positive image of beaches (cleanness, safety, accessibility) to the population and tourists, thus encouraging a general behavioural change towards more ecofriendly attitudes.

The project should be consistent with other initiatives and/or strategies addressed in the same field of intervention.

The project proposal should cover at least the three following dimensions:

  • Raising awareness on the anthropic impacts –marine and terrestrial- on the shoreline biodiversity and coastal heritage, on climate change issues, and on the role of ecofriendly behaviours, with a special focus on marine pollution by solid waste and wastewater, and best tourism practices (informing on the whales watching ecological risks for instance);
  • Promoting cleanness, accessibility and safety on beaches, in order to encourage local authorities and public and private actors who are interested in developing infrastructures and services that will foster both their territories attractiveness and the sustainable management of coastal areas;
  • Providing small investments that aim to develop the coastline while preserving the environment and natural heritage, including pilot projects (such as solid waste management on beaches) in partnership with local associations and other private actors.

Expected results : 

Environmental education, awareness and advocacy:

  • Relevant stakeholders, tourists and children, men and women, are sensitized on climate change, marine biodiversity and protection of the coastal environment;
  • Environmental friendly touristic practices are encouraged, and awareness is raised on the limits to snorkeling, diving, whale watching, etc.;
  • Job opportunities are developed (for both men and women);
  • Specific areas are identified as potential protected areas.

Cleanness, accessibility and safety on the shoreline:

  • The project areas (of which beaches and seas but not only) have visible bins, waste collection service is ensured and control of the pollution and quality of the seas is encouraged;
  • The project areas are accessible to everyone and safe: little infrastructures can be implemented like street lights, sidewalks and encouraging soft mobility;
  • Awareness is raised on sexual harassment;
  • Infrastructures and services like help and rescue centers with rescue materials can be implemented in pilot areas, and lifeguards trained, including women.

Solid waste:

  • Major sources of solid waste are identified (especially plastic), and some pilot initiatives are proposed to reduce solid waste and improve waste collection;
  • Stakeholders, tourists and children are sensitized on solid waste reusal and upcycling;
  • Small local business in the field of waste reuse and recycling are empowered.

Coordination and communication:

Coordination and communication should be disruptive, include a wide range of stakeholders and be a mean to strengthen social links on the topic of environment and natural resources protection, solid waste reduction and safety.

Period of implementation :

The intended start date is the first semester of 2020 and the period of implementation of the contract should be between three to five years from this date.

General terms and conditions :

The call for proposals « BOOSTING THE POTENTIAL OF THE BLUE ECONOMY IN SRI LANKA: CONSERVATION OF THE SHORELINE, BEACHES AND WAVES » (the « Call ») aims at financing one development project managed by a CSO, in partnership with other international/local Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) and/or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and/or Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), hereby Project Lead Institution (or PLI). These PLIs:

  • Must have past experience in project implementation, especially in the costal and marine protection/conservation, including sea and the marine environment, coastal fauna and flora, waste management, waste reuse and ecological behaviour on coastal areas, sustainable development of coastal areas, small facilities’ improvement for more cleanness and safety;
  • Should be able to collaborate smoothly i) with the local authorities, as well as ii) with AFD local office in Colombo and AFD headquarters;
  • Should have the capacity to implement large projects: the overall budget of the suggested project must not represent more than 70 % of the PLI annual resources over the last three accounting periods.

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