Action for Buna: call for proposals

Living Buna is one of the MAVA-funded projects of the Outcome Action Plan on Mediterranean Coastal Wetlands, and is coordinated by IUCN ECARO in partnership with PAP/RAC, the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med), Tour du Valat, and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Albania (INCA).

Living Buna aims to ensure the long-term conservation of species and habitats in the Buna River Velipoje Protected Landscape (BRVPL), north-western Albania, by implementing a multifaceted action plan that includes knowledge and awareness raising, capacity development and site-based measures; all contributing to improved governance of the site.

The Buna/Bojana Delta features a diverse range of unique natural habitats that are home to 24 rare and endangered species. Region’s main economic activities are related to agricultural, fishing, tourism and trade sectors which employ most of its population.

One of the highlights of the Living Buna project is the establishment of the Action for Buna – Small Grants Programme. These funds will allow local authorities, agencies, academy and civil society to help with the implementation of the activities of the Buna Delta Management Plan. Action for Buna will contribute to the coastal ecosystem and habitat restoration in the area, by funding small-scale initiatives at the site level, while at the same time improving the socio-economic situation of local communities residing in the area and using its natural resources. To this end, Living Buna will introduce and promote sustainable tourism and land use practices, linking local economic activities with preserved coastal and wetland habitats.

Living Buna activities will look to reduce or eliminate development threats currently affecting the high value wetlands at BRVPL in order to stop further degradation of habitats. Furthermore, the area’s damaged wetlands and coastal habitats will be restored.

The Call for Proposals of Action for Buna, Small Grants Programme, was launched on 21 August 2019 and focuses on four thematic priorities:

  • Coastal habitat restoration;
  • Agro-environmental incentive schemes including improving sustainability of irrigation systems;
  • Sustainable tourism sector/infrastructure development; and
  • Sustainable fisheries.

Its total budget is about 200,000 Euros and funded activities will be implemented from September 2019 to April 2020.

More details about the grants rules and call for proposals can be found here.

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