RFI: USAID Somros Baitang Activity -- Cambodia

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Cambodia hereby issues an RFI in regard to a new planned activity, “USAID Somros Baitang”. This RFI intends to allow stakeholders and interested organizations to provide information and suggestions on the upcoming activity, and explore innovative approaches to better partner with international and local actors to respond to Cambodia's needs and meet USAID/Cambodia's development objectives. The anticipated award value is in the range of $10- $25 million.

Cambodia’s extensive forest resources include one of the largest areas of contiguous and intact forest in Southeast Asia, the largest percentage of primary forest remaining among Lower Mekong countries, and important mangroves in coastal areas. The Mekong and Tonle Sap River systems are the second most biodiverse inland water systems in the world. These rich natural resources and the biodiversity they contain are threatened by development activities and natural and climatic disasters.

Unsustainable natural resource use is degrading Cambodia’s biologically sensitive areas and valuable ecosystem services. Many natural resource management challenges persist across the country including illegal logging, wildlife trafficking, bushmeat consumption, improper waste management, land use conversion, infrastructure development, and the degradation of coastal mangrove forests. Snaring is a key driver of wildlife loss nationwide. The government lacks capacity, budget, and political will to address these challenges. Additionally, there are significant concerns about the diminished flood plains around Tonle Sap lake and the conservation of biodiversity nationwide including wild elephants. All of these threats are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.

Even given these significant threats, opportunities exist to conserve Cambodia’s diverse habitats and protect critical ecosystem services that support livelihoods, health, and economic development. Cambodia’s success in selling Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) carbon credits on the voluntary market is commendable, and it may be possible to expand this market to include blue carbon. Increased community involvement in the sustainable management of natural resources has been shown to improve livelihoods and conserve resources. Wildlife populations can recover if poaching is stopped, human wildlife conflict is reduced, and steps are taken to provide biodiversity corridors between existing protected areas.

USAID Cambodia’s environment program seeks to conserve biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use change. The domestic and international illegal wildlife trade is widespread as Cambodia remains a source and transit point for wildlife and wildlife parts. Deforestation and land use change continue at an alarming rate especially in areas of remaining primary forest. The new Somros Baitang activity will reduce key threats to biodiversity, forests and sustainable natural resource management.

Responses Due Date: October 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm, Phnom Penh time

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

October 28, 2022