USAID Flagship Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Activity

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified entities to implement the USAID Flagship Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Activity. Eligibility for this RFA is not restricted.

The purpose of the USAID Flagship Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Activity (referred to as “the Activity) is to reduce threats to coastal and marine biodiversity in priority areas in the Caribbean. This is consistent with the USAID Biodiversity Policy and the USAID Climate Strategy. The Activity will enhance climate resilience and human well-being of local communities, women, youth, and other marginalized groups. Specific biodiversity focal interests include key ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs, as well as communities of invertebrates, sharks, rays, reef fish, marine turtles, and marine mammals, with special emphasis on manatees.

Deadline: Sep. 1, 2023

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Areas of Interest

Specific biodiversity focal interests identified for the scope of the Activity include key ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs. In addition, key species such as invertebrates, reef fish, sharks and rays, marine turtles, and marine mammals with special emphasis on manatees within the Caribbean region are also biodiversity focal interest for this design. Mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and other coastal natural systems serve as nature-based solutions to climate change. Healthy coastal ecosystems can capture sediment, slow destructive wave energy, and attenuate coastal erosion and storm surge, thus acting as barriers against extreme events. Mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds also sequester carbon, thus contributing to climate change mitigation. Coastal ecosystems also serve as valuable ‘nurseries’ for many marine and coastal species, thus helping to maintain healthy stocks that are an important source of food.

Changes in marine ecosystems and subsequent habitat loss in the Caribbean are causing widespread loss in species diversity. For example, the loss of coral cover and the degradation of remaining reefs negatively impact populations of sea urchins and parrot fish. Seagrass beds, which are key habitats for many species of fish and invertebrates, are experiencing severe degradation and species loss. The loss of mangrove cover reduces the availability of food, breeding grounds, and nursery sites for a variety of marine organisms, including many species of reef fish and invertebrates. All of the above impacts the well-being and livelihoods of communities which are closely tied to the use and conservation of biodiversity (e.g. fishers, tourist guides, and farmers).

Amount

$20,000,000

Amount Description

USAID intends to award a Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide US$20.0 million in total USAID funding.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

September 1, 2023