U.S Department of State Bureau of Oceans – Int. Environmental – Scientific: Inviting applications for the funding theme-’Mapping Illicit Supply Networks to Combat Conservation Crimes at their Convergence’ to advance the initiative to combat conservation crimes by mapping illicit supply networks to combat conservation crimes at their convergence.

Funding brief: The U.S Department of State Bureau of Oceans – Int. Environmental – Scientific invites applications for the funding theme-’Mapping Illicit Supply Networks to Combat Conservation Crimes at their Convergence’.

Program Goals: To understand the links between the different trafficking networks associated with conservation crimes in the Mekong region, in order to assist developing countries to combat conservation crimes at their convergence and stop the illegal extraction and trade in these resources, shifting illicit revenue streams away from criminal actors and directing benefits towards governments and communities.

The project aims to advance the initiative to combat conservation crimes by mapping illicit supply networks to combat conservation crimes at their convergence. OES aims to reduce conservation crimes in the Mekong through effective programming at the national, regional, and international levels to combat organized crime and illegal activities associated with wildlife trafficking, illegal logging and associated trade (ILAT), illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the illegal and illicit extraction and trade of precious metals and gemstones. For this funding opportunity, OES intends to focus on trafficking in all of these resources in the Mekong region. The program will include technical assistance to: 1) conduct research on the movement of trafficked resources within or through the Mekong region, 2) map the illicit supply networks associated with these resources to identify points of convergence among these illegal activities, and 3) deliver recommendations for policy and technical capacity development efforts to further address conservation crimes as a group.

This program will complement ongoing programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, to combat wildlife trafficking, illegal logging and associated trade, IUU fishing, and illegal mining.

Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0006106

Main Activities
PHASE I:  Scoping Conservation Crimes and Illicit Supply Networks
● Modality: Primarily desk review; data collection, consolidation, and analysis; primary research including field work as appropriate
● Suggested Period of Performance: 6-8 months

Activity 1.a – Research and Analysis
Develop partnerships to conduct research on the movement of trafficked resources within or through the greater Mekong region with a focus on Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Analyses should focus on the scale at which all conservation crimes are occurring and converging in the region, major drivers of conservation crimes, key trade routes and supply chains, as well as linkages with other criminal activities which may include drug, weapons, and human trafficking, document forgery, bribery and other forms of corruption, money laundering, etc.  This work should build upon and advance existing information, including reports by relevant entities that have previously focused on conservation crimes individually, in order to address all conservation crimes as a group.

Activity 1.b – Mapping and Other Data Visualization
Based on results in Activity 1.a, create data visualizations of findings and analysis, including geographic maps to highlight areas of convergence as described above in the illicit supply networks associated with conservation crimes. This shall include overlays with other relevant forms of organized criminal activity (which may include human trafficking, drug trafficking, and/or weapons trafficking) to inform the broader context of conservation crimes in the region.

Activity 1.c – Phase I Reporting and Selection of Convergence Nodes
Submit a detailed report that encompasses all of the aforementioned topics, including data-driven recommendations for select areas of deeper investigation for consideration by OES/ECW.  Results should identify areas of significant convergence among conservation crimes (as well as between conservation crimes and other organized criminal activities), or “convergence nodes.” These may include overlap in geographic location of harvest or extraction sites, patterns of corruption, modus operandi of criminal organizations trafficking in these resources, transportation routes, companies or other actors involved, etc.

PHASE II:  In-Depth Reporting and Recommendations
● Modality: Research to include primary and secondary sources, including key informant interviews and field work as appropriate
● Suggested Period of Performance: 16-18 months

Based on findings and analysis from Phase I:
Activity 2.a – In-Depth Research and Case Studies
In conjunction with OES/ECW, select “convergence nodes” to focus on for in-depth research and analysis as outlined in Activity 1.c, including through primary research and field work as well as secondary sources. Develop written case studies to highlight where efforts can be leveraged across sectors to combat conservation crimes at these convergence nodes.

Activity 2.d – Develop/Deliver Final Program Report and Recommendations
Final report preparation and delivery, which will include but is not limited to:
● Brief summary of program work and findings
● Updated scoping (Phase I) reporting and analysis
● In-Depth Research and Analyses on geographic and thematic focus areas or “convergence nodes,” including a highlighted series of narrative case studies
● Recommendations to inform current and future interventions to assist developing countries combat conservation crimes at their convergence
● In Annex:
O Visualizations of findings and analyses, including geographic maps and other relevant data visualizations
O Annotated source materials, etc.

The U.S. Department of State will determine which data can be publically shared. While publically released data and products belong to OES/ECW, successful applicants retain non-exclusive rights for the continued use of these public products.

Donor Name: U.S Department of State Bureau of Oceans – Int. Environmental – Scientific
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM EDT on 09th, September, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: $1,086,250

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Until September, 30th, 2021
● PHASE I: Suggested Period of Performance: 6-8 months
● PHASE II: Suggested Period of Performance: 16-18 months

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Eligibility is limited to U.S. or overseas-based Non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and U.S. or overseas private/state institutions of higher education. Due to the nature of the program goal, partnerships and consortia are encouraged where additional expertise may be required to successfully carry out award activities.
● Technically eligible submissions are those which: 1) arrive electronically to www.grants.gov  or SAMS Domestic by the designated deadline;  2) have heeded all instructions contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including length and completeness of submission; and 3) do not violate any of the guidelines stated in the solicitation and this document.

Eligible Country: US and Overseas countries

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● The Department of State requires proposals be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic.

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