ATREE NE Small Grants 2010

The ATREE Northeast small grants programme is supported by the National Geographic Society (Committee for Research and Exploration) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The grant objectives are to support research to fill critical information gaps; action research for conservation of critically endangered, endangered and endemic species; and support ongoing high impact projects having the potential for immediate conservation impact. It also supports scholars completing their doctoral dissertation on conservation biology in the Eastern Himalayas.

Under the National Geographic Society supported component, four grants have been disbursed for work on rhododendrons in Sikkim, wild edible plants in the Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas, a population study of rare plants in the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in Sikkim, and a herpetofauna survey in Arunachal Pradesh.

Grants under the MacArthur Foundation support will be disbursed by July 2010. Please contact Samuel Thomas, for more information.

ATREE–Ford Foundation Small Grants in the Eastern Himalayas

The ATREE–Ford Foundation Small Grants proposes to enhance the capacity of NGOs in forming innovative, dynamic and resilient community-based institutions for sustaining conservation and livelihood linkages in the Eastern Himalayas. ATREE’s role is to facilitate mechanisms that enhance capacities through training, research, mentoring and networking of similarly motivated organizations.

The grant will work towards diversification of natural resources-based livelihoods, which in turn will be driven by creating market linkages for goods produced by these institutions. The incentives thus created will be linked to sustainable stewardship and conservation of natural resources. The project will also develop and promote appropriate policies and institutional instruments for linking conservation and livelihood needs for further scaling up project impact in the region.

Contact Akai Mao, for more information.

CEPF – Eastern Himalayas

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) provides strategic assistance to non-governmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners. The CEPF grants programme in the Eastern Himalayas region covers Bhutan, northeast India, southern, central and eastern Nepal. ATREE is coordinating the grants programme for the Indian Eastern Himalayas, focused on the North Bank landscape in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and the Kanchenjunga-Singalila landscape in Sikkim and Darjeeling. The grant objectives are to understand status, key threats, and conservation needs of key species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants as outlined in the CEPF ecosystem profile, through active participation and involvement of civil society groups in the CEPF priority areas; and to actively engage civil society groups in conservation of key species and their habitat through partnerships/leverage, research and well informed decision making mechanisms.

As of March 2010, six core grants and 35 small grants have been disbursed in the region. The small grants also include a component for doctoral studies in Conservation Science, under which six Ph D scholars are being supported. To date, the grants programme has supported 12 grants on lesser known taxa; 11 grants for work on mammals; 4 grants for work on birds; 5 grants for community-based conservation working with traditional institutions and communities; one each for supporting extensive photo-documentation of priority sites and species, on wildlife trade, and developing a conservation strategy for a protected area. These grants include support for work on herpetofauna (including the critically endangered gharial, amphibians and turtles), avifauna (including hornbills and the critically endangered Bengal florican and white-bellied heron), 11 on mammals (including hoolock gibbon, golden langur, snow leopard, takin, hispid hare, clouded leopard, Gangetic dolphin), six on plants/plant communities (endemics, endangered) and two on insect fauna (swallowtail butterflies, pollinators).

Ask for more information at Samuel Thomas,

Also see CEPF- Western Ghats grants and ATREE Small Grants