The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA): Inviting applications for ‘Pathfinder Award’ to recognize outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, developed and implemented by individuals, organizations or groups.

Funding brief: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) as well as WildArk- A Movement for the Wild present the inaugural Pathfinder Award.

The Pathfinder Award recognizes outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, developed and implemented by individuals, organizations or groups.

Insufficient investment of finance and other resources in protected areas are persistent challenges that impede and weaken conservation efforts and effective management of protected areas around the world.

Available research indicates that the funding gap for protected areas globally is estimated at US $30 – 35 billion dollars per year. Yet, protected areas provide an economic return of as much as 50 to 1, in addition to providing multiple other non-economic benefits.

There is a clear need to find solutions that can increase the level of funding and resourcing for protected and conserved areas, many examples of which may already exist and are not widely known.

This year’s award focuses on identifying and celebrating solutions from around the world that have addressed this problem. Solutions should demonstrate:
● Success in sustainable financing or resources: adopting new types of sustainable financing or resourcing for one or more protected/conserved areas;
● New and additional sources of revenues or means to address priorities sustainably;
● Significant finance or resourcing breakthrough: dramatically increasing protected area revenues or access to resources without compromising integrity;
● Successful partnerships for financing/resourcing: new partnerships developed with private sector or civil society that achieve new financing or resourcing;
● New technologies: new approaches or methods to mobilize, collect, administer or disburse financial and other resources for protected areas;
● Management for investment: new management approaches to attract and enable investment or achieve new efficiencies.

The Pathfinder Award sets out to:
● Identify and showcase a growing global suite of innovations and solutions from protected and conserved areas that demonstrate success and inspire further action;
● Recognize and reward those individuals or groups/organizations that have achieved these successes;
● Incentivize the adaptation and replication of these solutions more widely;
● Reinforce policy messages related to quality, equity, and performance of protected and conserved areas within global frameworks and commitments;
● Highlight the work of leading agencies and global partners (governments, conservation agencies, civil society) in achieving solutions;
● Raise the profile of protected and conserved areas and systems, and their stakeholders; and
● Encourage further support and investment in applying successful approaches

Donor Name: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
Funding name: Pathfinder Award

Deadline: August, 15th, 2018.

Funding details link: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/programmes-and-initiatives/pathfinder-award-for-innovation-in-nature-conservation.html

Funding limit: The 2018 awards are made up of a cash grant as well as several other areas of recognition, taking into account submissions across all thematic areas listed above.
● Overall winner (individual or organization): US$ 10,000
● Runner-Up (individual or organization): US$ 2,000
● Special commendation (to be awarded to up to three individuals or organizations): US$ 1,000 each

The winners will also receive a plaque and certificate of achievement, promotion and visibility, and an invitation to the awards ceremony

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● The Pathfinder Award recognizes outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, developed and implemented by individuals, organizations or groups.

They welcome all applications/nominations that meet the following requirements:

● The applicant/nominee(s) must be an individual or group/organization that works within or represents a protected or conserved area and their constituents and stakeholders (e.g., rangers, park managers, directors, local leaders, members of communities, and advocates).
● Innovation and initiative must be completed with clear results, or under implementation with a certain level of accomplishment. Any person or a group can be nominated by those who are sufficiently familiar with their work and with the full approval of the nominee(s). Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.
● All categories of protected and conserved areas are eligible including community and private conservation areas, and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities. There are no restrictions related to the protected area management, ownership, or governance types.
● Innovative ideas that are not yet fully developed and/or implemented are not eligible for the award. However, such ideas can be submitted for the ‘Innovation Laboratory’ poster, which will be displayed at the Awards Ceremony.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
 Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PathfinderAward
● Brochure: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/img/programmes_initiatives/Call%20for%20Nominations-Pathfinder_Award.pdf

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PathfinderAward).


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