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Call for proposals for "One Health" projects: cross-disciplinary development and environmental protection

As part of its new 2023-2026 strategy, the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) is launching a call for projects on the theme of "Combating sources of pollution that simultaneously impact the health of ecosystems, wildlife and local populations" as part of the "One Health" approach.

Deadline: 30 April 2024

Name of donor : French Global Environment Facility (FFEM)

 Amount of the grant : Over $1 million

 Category: Grant

Area(s) of interest

  •  Health 
  • Animals and wildlife 
  • Environment

The aim is to support the implementation of innovative pilot projects combining the development and environmental protection in the countries listed by the OECD DAC, in particular the least developed countries and low- and middle-income countries, with the aim of benefiting from them and bringing them to scale.

The call for projects aims to encourage field actions based on holistic approaches that maintain the intrinsic links between the three health areas - human health, animal health and ecosystem health - in the assembly of projects, mainly focusing on environmental issues.

Information on funding
  • The financial aid requested from the FGEF can be paid in instalments of between €500,000 and €3,000,000 per project.
  • The FGEF finances projects lasting 3 to 5 years.
Eligible projects
  • Projects can be built around the "One Health" approach - as defined by the One Health High Level Expert Group (OHHLEP) - through an environmental gateway, i.e. addressing one or more environmental issues that impact not only the health of ecosystems, but also the health of wildlife and local populations, and thus minimising all these impacts. In this sense, we are looking for projects that incorporate an environmental or environmental health problem as their main entry point, and that are not solely or primarily focused on links with human or animal health.
  • More specifically, this may involve projects aimed at preventing and/or mitigating factors that have a negative impact on these three aspects, such as sources of pollution (chemical, from physical or biological agents, mechanical, thermal, light or noise) and/or remediation projects.
  • Through this call for projects, the FGEF is particularly keen to support projects tackling the issue of reducing pollution, a cross-cutting issue that has a major impact on ecosystems, human and animal health and the climate, and thus provide a holistic response to the triple global crisis (climate, biodiversity and pollution).
  • For example, projects could address the following themes:
    • reduce the use and impact of inputs, plant health and veterinary products, including antibiotics and synthetic chemicals;
    • reduce the use and discharge of heavy metals, solvents and persistent organic pollutants (POPs);
    • reduce and ensure environmentally sound management of hazardous waste, including plastic, electrical and electronic waste, waste containing POPs and heavy metals, etc. ;
    • combat all other sources of soil, water and air pollution.
  • The following sectors could be considered, among others: agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, transport, industry and mining - particularly placer mining - and waste management.
  • Proposals should explain how the project addresses the "One Health" holistic approach.
Eligibility criteria
  • Initiators Eligible projects: The call for projects is open to legal entities that the FGEF can support as part of its mandate: civil society organisations, governments, local authorities, public institutions, research bodies, the private sector, foundations and international organisations.
  • Geographical area: Eligible countries are all those on the list of recipients of development aid financed by public funds via the OECD DAC, with priority given to the African continent.
  • Multi-country and regional projects are eligible.
  • All the projects submitted to the FGEF must demonstrate that they meet the following nine criteria:
    • helping to protect the global environment,
    • contribution to sustainable local development in one or more developing countries,
    • innovative character,
    • illustrative and reproducible for scaling up the project/programme
    • viability economic and financial support after the project, once funding has been completed,
    • ecologically and environmentally sustainable
    • social and cultural acceptability, in particular through adoption and local ownership,
    • an appropriate institutional framework,
    • have a monitoring and evaluation mechanism.
  • For each proposal, particular attention will also be paid to the following points:
    • the theory of change,
    • The partnership dimension
    • taking account of inequalities (including gender inequalities), women, young people and vulnerable groups,
    • sharing lessons learned from the project,
    • the sustainability of funding and co-financing.

For more information, visit FGEF website.

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