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The BEST 2.0+ call for proposals has been launched

29 September 2020

Funded by the European Commission - DG DEVCO, BEST 2.0+ continues the EU BEST Initiative and is a direct follow up of the BEST 2.0 Programme.
The objective of BEST 2.0+ is to promote the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaption and mitigation, in the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

The 10th of September 2020 the new call for proposals has been launched for the EU and UK Overseas Countries and Territories.
This grant scheme is designed to provide effective support for actions on the ground carried out by local stakeholders. The maximum amount and duration of a project are respectively €60,000 and 19 months. It has been adapted to cope with the consequences of the covid-19 outbreak and extended to circular economy solutions preserving ecosystems and reducing pressure on biodiversity.

Eligible activities must:
-  Be located in one or more of the OCTs;
-  Comply with IUCN environmental and social safeguard aspects;
-  Contribute to tangible and measurable impacts in terms of the conservation, sustainable development and/or sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services;
-  Encourage partnership-based approach with local stakeholders;
-  Guarantee open access to data generated by the project;
-  Not be fundamental research.

The Guidelines and related application forms – which encompass all the information needed – are available on the BEST 2.0+ website. Potential applicants are invited to carefully read all the documents before submitting their application on the portal. The deadline to apply is 22 October 2020.