Small Grants for Wetlands Programme, IUCN Netherlands Committee
Subject: The Small Grants for Wetlands Programme (SWP) of the Netherlands Committee for IUCN (NC-IUCN)
Dear Madam / Sir,
The Netherlands Committee for IUCN (The World Conservation Union) administers a small grants programme for projects aimed at the conservation and sustainable management of wetlands. Funds managed by this Small grants for Wetlands Programme (SWP) are provided by the Government of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is a contracting party to both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as waterfowl habitat (Ramsar Convention). Therefore projects that are funded by NC-IUCN/SWP should be in line with these conventions. In particular, the central objective of the Netherlands policy on wetlands is wise use. Wise use is defined within the framework of the Ramsar Convention as "the sustainable utilisation of wetland resources for the benefit of mankind in a way that is compatible with the maintenance of the natural properties of the wetland system".
SWP funds are especially meant to support projects in the field of conservation and sustainable management of wetlands, set up and implemented by non-governmental, local organisations (NGOs). The ecosystem approach defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity should be the strategic framework for project implementation see www.biodiv.org/EcosysApproach/Index.html.
SWP has drafted criteria for the selection of projects to be funded, and a format for project proposals (enclosed). Project proposals must be prepared according to this format and projects must comply with these criteria. Furthermore, the programme will strive for a balanced allocation of funds between regions and priority themes. Countries in which NGO projects may be funded by SWP are those included in the list of bilateral development co-operation countries set by the Netherlands (see Criteria for funding under "Strict criteria").
Deadlines for submission of project proposals to SWP are 1st of March, 1st of July and 1st of November.
Henri Roggeri (Mr.)
Contact for further information:
Mr. Henri Roggeri / Ms. Esther Blom
Netherlands Committee for IUCN
Small grants for Wetlands Programme
Plantage Middenlaan 2B
1018 DD Amsterdam
Tel:+31 - 20 - 626 1732
Fax:+31 - 20 - 627 9349