In 2003, the European Union adopted the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan , whose ultimate goal is to encourage sustainable management of forests. The FLEGT Action Plan focuses on governance reforms and capacity building to ensure that timber exported to the European Union (EU) comes only from legal sources.
The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is a five-year demand-driven programme launched in 2015 that supports stakeholders to put elements of the FLEGT Action Plan into practice. Uganda is one of the eligible country entitled to benefit from Programme support. The Programme intervention in the country is governed by a nationally-developed theory of change.
The priority areas for this Call for Proposals are taken from the nationally-developed theory of change (pre-requisites) and were approved in June 2019 by the Uganda Technical Committee, composed of members from the Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment (Forestry Sector Support Department and National Forestry Authority), European Union Delegation and FAO. This call for proposals will address those priorities.
The objective of the programme is to support governmental institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in their efforts to the achieve the country’s objectives of reducing illegal logging, promoting good forest governance and eventually reduce deforestation and forest degradation.
Priority areas :
This Call for proposals will support activities that address the following five priority areas:
- Develop and test a National Forest Management Information System (NFMIS) that supports planning and monitoring of forest operations and conditions, as well as improved forest governance and value chain development.
- Develop a strategy and tools for independent forest monitoring in partnerships with strategic non-State actors and pilot test monitoring in selected forest estates.
- Review gender roles and rights in forest decision-making and develop a gender mainstreaming manual to enhance participation in forest planning, management, and ensure equitable access to forest resources and accruing benefits.
- Develop and establish a bar coding system for tracking timber to replace the hammer.
- Support preparation of a mechanism to enhance responsible public procurement of timber and other forest products by public agencies.
Funding Information and Duration :
- The budget proposed for any of the above undertaking should be submitted in Ugandan Shillings and should not exceed equivalence of USD $ 110,000.
- Project duration should not exceed 12 months.
Eligibility Criteria :
In order to benefit from the Programme, the following general conditions must be fulfilled:
- The applicant must be registered in Uganda. All actions are expected to take place in Uganda and the applicant must also be actively involved in all stages of implementation.
- The applicant must be a government institution, or a civil society organization, or an organization/federation of the private sector or a community group.
- The proposal should be complete and follow the required format (see section 6 “Proposal Format”).
- The funding requested shall not exceed the maximum limit of 110,000 USD equivalent.
- The proposal addresses any one priority area, as listed in section 2.2.
- The proposal should be realistic and feasible considering budget and project duration limits (maximum 12 months and 110,000 USD equivalent).
- Only non-for-profit stakeholders registered in Uganda are eligible to submit proposals under this call for proposals.