Implemented by South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP), and funded by the World Bank and Parley for the Oceans, the project development objective of the Plastic Free Rivers and Seas for South Asia (PLEASE) project is to catalyze actions that reduce the flow of plastic pollution into South Asian Seas. A summary of activities is provided as follows:
Supporting Competitive Block Grant Investments to Reduce Plastic Waste
> Supporting circular plastic economy solutions to reduce plastic waste by implementing a program of regional competitive block grant investments, providing Regional Competitive Block Grants (“RBGs”) to eligible organizations in South Asia (“Eligible RBG Beneficiaries”).
> Facilitating exchange of circular plastic economy knowledge between Eligible RBG Beneficiaries and selected South Asian countries and promoting awareness raising activities.
Leveraging Public and Private Sector Engagement and Solutions
> Supporting development of strategies, action plans, policies, and standards to harmonize plastic pollution mitigation measures through: (a) developing and implementing a multi-year plastic policy support program, working with leading universities and organizations; (b) developing a database for lifecycle analysis, data collection, and modelling related to plastic across selected industry value chains; and (c) supporting communication activities.
> Supporting circular use of plastic in the economy through regional public private collaboration and engagement in South Asia, including designing and organizing annual or more frequent meetings of representatives from public and private sectors.
Strengthening Regional Integration Institutions
> Carrying out works to support construction of SACEP’s new headquarters and providing technical assistance to, and building capacity of, SACEP to discharge its functions, including coordination with relevant regional organizations and uniform collection, analysis, and interpretation of pollution data.
> Supporting the development of a fund for the sustainability of existing activities and accelerating circular plastic economy solutions (“Sustainability Fund”).
The South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is an inter-governmental organization, established in 1982 by the governments of South Asia to promote and support protection, management and enhancement of the environment in the region. SACEP member countries are Afghanistan , Bangladesh , Bhutan , India , Maldives , Nepal , Pakistan and Sri Lanka. For more information about SACEP please visit http://sacep.org/.
Call for Concept Notes
Eligibility: Currently the Call for Concept Notes is open to Eligible RBG Beneficiaries registered in Nepal, Maldives and Bangladesh. The Call for Concept Notes for Eligible RBG Beneficiaries registered in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will be issued at a later time.
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Grant Amount: Up to USD 1.5M.
Please find the detailed call for concept notes in this link, describing the important requirements and criteria for the submission of the concept notes.
Complete this form to submit your completed concept note before 13:00 Sri Lanka time on November 5, 2022. Concept notes submitted after this time will not be considered.
All Concept Notes must be rooted in Parley AIR thematic categories:
> Avoid plastic wherever possible and replace with alternative, eco-innovative materials.
> Opt for minimal or no packaging and refuse single-use plastics (e.g. bags, bottles, utensils, straws, lids).
> Plan ahead. Carry reusable alternatives.
> Talk about it. Educate and empower your friends and family to adopt a plastic-conscious mentality.
> Inform yourself on local recycling and composting
> Support businesses that support the oceans – look for recycling and upcycling initiatives, plastic alternatives, waste reduction policies, etc.
> Participate in a beach cleanup (or lake, river, park cleanup). It’s one thing to talk about the problem and another to confront it head on.
> Speak up. If you come across a major pollution source or plastic waste emergency, let Parley know
> To solve plastic for good, we must reinvent the material, methods and thinking behind it. Get creative. We have imaginations for a reason.
> Question both the reason-to-be and end-of-life for every item you use.
> Support the use of eco-innovative materials and alternatives to plastic
> Support/implement policies that prevent unnecessary plastics (like microbeads and plastic bags).
Except for the due date of concept note submission, the dates provided below are only indicative and will be updated if necessary. It is provided here for the applicants' understanding of the overall contracting process.
|Call for Concept Notes release||22nd September 2022|
|Information session for applicants||7th October 2022|
|Deadline for receipt of written inquiries||21st October 2022|
|Last written responses to inquiries distributed||28th October 2022|
|Concept Note submission deadline||5th November 2022|
|Appraisal and Concept Note selection||30th November 2022 (3.5 weeks for selection)|
|Launch of Closed Call for Proposals with selected applicants||1st December 2022|
|Full proposal submission TBC||15th January 2023 (6 weeks after release)|
|Appraisal and final decision TBC||31st January 2023 (2 weeks for selection)|
|Grant agreement negotiation||15th February 2023 (2 weeks)|