First selection of NICFI 2016-2020 finalized

Out of 530 applications for the Norwegian Forest and Climate Initiative’s open call for proposals from civil society organisations, 53 have now been invited to write a full project proposal.

Norway’s government has decided to establish a third tranche of the climate and forest funding scheme to civil society, for the period of 2016-2020. By the deadline 6 January, Norad had received more than 530 applications summing up to the total amount of 41 billion Norwegian kroner (approximately 5,8 billion USD).

53 of these proposals have been invited to the second round of the selection process and will be competing for funds for the period 2016-2020.

Tough competition

- Even though the number of applications are a little less than in 2012 when we last launched a call for proposals, the quality of the applications is much higher this time, says Assistant Director Vigdis Halvorsen of Norad. 

- The competition for funding is therefore very high and it was difficult to select only 53 project proposals for the next round.

The applications were carefully assessed by Norad’s civil society department with input from relevant departments and ministries. It was important to end up with a holistic portfolio with projects tackling deforestation from different angels.

Proposals from across the globe

The applications proposed activities in around 60 different countries in all continents. Nevertheless, the majority of the applicants proposed projects that will be executed in countries that Norway cooperates actively with on REDD+ issues.

There were four thematic areas in the call for proposals. Among the 530 applicants, the majority related their project to the category Indigenous peoples and other forest dependent peoples’ rights and interests.

- We are glad that civil society shows such engagement in fighting deforestation and improving the rights of the people living in and around it. We are looking forward to reading the full project proposals, says Vigdis Halvorsen.

These are the organisations that are invited to submit a full project proposal:

  • Aidenvironment (The Netherlands)
  • AIDESEP-Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (Peru)
  • Aliança da Terra (Brazil)
  • Amazon Conservation Association (USA)
  • Amazon Environmental Research Institute – IPAM (Brazil)
  • Amazon Institute of People and the Environment – Imazon (Brazil)
  • Amazonia Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG) (Ecuador)
  • Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) (Thailand)
  • Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) through the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) (Philippines)
  • BankTrack (Netherlands)
  • BBC Media Action (UK)
  • BVRio Environmental Exchange (Brazil)
  • CARE (Norway)
  • CDP Worldwide (UK)
  • Center for Global Development (USA)
  • CIFOR (Indonesia)
  • Climate Policy Initiative (USA)
  • Conservation International Foundation (USA)
  • Development Fund of Norway (Norway)
  • Earth Innovation Institute (USA)
  • Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. (USA)
  • Environmental Investigation Agency (USA)
  • Fauna & Flora International (USA)
  • Forest Trends Association (USA)
  • Fundacion Soidaridad Latino Americana (FSLA) (Panama)
  • Global Witness (UK)
  • Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force Secretariat (“GCF Secretariat”) (USA)
  • IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of The Archipelago (AMAN) (Indonesia)
  • International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (Denmark)
  • INTERPOL (France)
  • Kemitraan (Partnership for Governance Reform) (Indonesia)
  • Meridian Institute (USA)
  • Mongabay (USA)
  • National Wildlife Federation (USA)
  • OPIAC (Colombia)
  • Rainforest Foundation Inc. (USA)
  • Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) (Norway)
  • Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) (Thailand)
  • Rights and Resources Initiative (USA)
  • Save My Future (SAMFU) Foundation (Liberia)
  • Stichting Solidaridad The Netherlands)
  • Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) (Philippines)
  • The Forest Trust (Switzerland)
  • The Nature Conservancy (USA)
  • The Samdhana Institute (Indonesia)
  • Transport & Environment (Belgium)
  • WALHI (Indonesian Forum for Environment) (Indonesia)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)+A56 (USA)
  • Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) (Thailand)
  • World Resources Institute (USA)
  • World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (USA)
Published 23.03.2015
Last updated 24.03.2015