North East India Conservation Initiative (NEICI)

To identify, recognise and support Community Conservation Initiatives including Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs)

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An effort to identify, recognize and support the conservation actions including Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures(OECMs) being implemented by local communities in North East India for conservation, sustainable management of natural resources, and post-pandemic green recovery.

The North East India Conservation Initiative (NEICI) will be implemented by United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and National Biodiversity Authority, and is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federal Republic of Germany.

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  What are OECMs?

Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures are defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as, “ A geographically defined area other than a government notifies conserved area such as National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Reserved Forest and Wetlands, which is governed and managed in ways that achieve positive and sustained long-term outcomes for the in-situ conservation of biodiversity, with associated ecosystem functions and services and where applicable, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and other locally relevant values.”

OECMs support the achievement of global biodiversity targets, i.e., Aichi Target 11, and the forthcoming 2030 Action Target 2 under the draft Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which aims to conserve biodiversity through a network of Protected Areas and OECMs by 2030.

Invitation for Proposals

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Proposals are invited from non-government organisations and community-based organizations from the 8 States of North East India under the following thematic areas:

  • Communication and lessons sharing through culturally appropriate means 
  • Sustainable and well governed wildlife regulations 

  • Prevention of zoonosis and future pandemics 

  • Transmission of traditional medical knowledge 

  • Territorial mapping and demarcation for self-isolation and 

  • Deployment of traditional knowledge of fire control and 

  • Local bio-circular economy approaches based on reciprocity 

  • Sustainable development
  • Food production systems (agroecology and agroforestry)

Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change has constituted a Working Committee for screening and selection of proposals. Please refer to the document attached here for the eligibility criteria and thematic areas.

Grants would be made to each project as per the decision of Project Working Committee under the range from USD 10,000 – USD 50,000. The projects must be operationally and financially closed within 24 months of signing of the grant agreement.

Last date for receiving application: 27 June 2021

Click here to download the proposal form.


Kindly send your proposal to:

Sh. Tarun Kathula

Director, CS III Division

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change

Ms. Rita Thokchom

Knowledge Management & Coordination Associate

+91 99710 79411

Ms. Chirchomri Khayi

Associate Consultant

+91 8826907642

Project start date:

January 2012

Focus area:

  • democratic governance
  • Project office:

    UNDP in India

    Implementing partner:

    NGO Execution

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Global Environment Fund Truste
  • Un Office For Project Services
  • Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $14,821

    2018 $70,295

    2017 $1,108,015

    2016 $938,048

    2015 $1,259,737

    2014 $993,886

    2013 $488,911

    2012 $162,546

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