Institutional and individual capacity
building - Call 2004
results of the call 2004 ...
The specific convention between the
Belgian Development Cooperation
and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (2003-2007) aims to
contribute to a better knowledge of biodiversity and to reach a better
implementation of international environmental conventions in developing
Action 2 focuses on the Global Taxonomy
Initiative (GTI) established under the Convention on Biological
Diversity. The purpose of the GTI is to remove or reduce the 'taxonomic
impediment' - in other words, the knowledge gaps in our taxonomic
system, the shortage of trained taxonomists and curators, and the impact
these deficiencies have on our ability to preserve biodiversity.
Type of support
Seed money is available for institutions or individuals from
developing countries in need of taxonomic and curatorial training. Such
training should invariably have a clearly identified output in terms of
increased taxonomic and/or curatorial capacity for the developing
country or its region.
Estimated number of supported projects
In 2004, the funding available to grant seekers is
roughly 25.000 €. This amount will rise in following
years. Funding covers both visits of trainees to Belgium, as well as
visits of the Belgian tutor for the GTI (or equivalent, taxon-or subject
dependent, tutor) to developing countries.
Amount of DGDC support per project
The funding should allow up to ten
researchers to come over to Belgium to receive training in 2004. From
2005 to 2007, as more funding will become available, the number of
visiting trainees will increase significantly.
Given the limited funding available, trainees are encouraged to
seek additional funds from other funding bodies. The Belgian tutor for
the GTI (or equivalent, taxon-or subject dependent, tutor) will annually
carry out two to three training sessions on specific modules (each
lasting one to two weeks) upon demand of partner countries.
The Belgian Development Cooperation has chosen to have privileged
relations with 18 partner countries, mainly in Africa (Algeria, Benin,
Burundi, DR Congo, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda,
Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania), but also in South America (Bolivia,
Ecuador and Peru), Asia (Vietnam) and the Middle East (Palestine).
Figure: Belgium's priority partners for development cooperation.
Individuals and institutes from other developing countries are
nevertheless eligible to receive support and training.
The capacity building should focus on:
taxonomic or parataxonomic training (with a priority to extant
collections establishment and/or management (including local/regional
tools for the study of biodiversity (e.g. molecular methods for
species identification) or to apply biodiversity data (e.g. taxonomic
Note: the Belgian Development Cooperation has identified priority
sectors of the Belgian cooperation in its 'Environmental strategic note'
in 2003 and in its 'General policy note for 2004'. Projects addressing
those issues will have an advantage.
Dependant on number and type of projects received annually.
Complete application form in English
or French should reach the Belgian tutor of the GTI no later than March
31st or November 30th to be eligible for the period May 2004 to March 2005.
Indicative timeline for review of proposals and execution of
|1 March 2004
|| Call for proposals distributed through Belgian CHM
31 March / 30 November 2004
|| Proposals due
1 -15 April /1 -15 December 2004
|| Proposals reviewed
|20 April / 20 December 2004
||Successful applicants contacted
May to July 2004 / January to March 2005
|| Execution of visits of trainees
1 September 2004 / 1 May 2005
|| Reports of trainees due
October to December 2004 / March to April 2005
||Visit of Belgian tutor (or equivalent) to partner
Principles by which proposals will be reviewed
They will be based on the selection criteria on application form.