A joint programme of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support the implementation of the Environment Charters, and environmental management more generally, in the UK Overseas Territories.
The Overseas Territories Environment Programme has been established to support the Overseas Territories (OTs) in developing and implementing action plans under their respective Environment Charters signed jointly with HMG in September 2001. These Charters set out a range of policy objectives and undertakings entered into by the OTs and HMG.A Fairy Tern on Ascension Island, subject of OTEP's long-term seabird restoration project
The goal of OTEP is 'enhanced quality of life and livelihood opportunities for the inhabitants of all UK Overseas Territories through the sustainable use (or protection, where necessary) of environmental and natural resources, whilst securing global environmental benefits within the scope of the core principles of the relevant multilateral environmental agreements.' It assists the OTs in taking ownership of and responsibility for the issues, by helping them to assess problems and to promote sustainable solutions to them through national strategic planning processes and action at the local level. OTEP provides a total of £1m per annum (£500,000 each from the FCO and DFID). The FCO component is a ring-fenced commitment from the Global Opportunities Fund (GOF).
CRITERIA FOR SUPPORT
Projects proposed must contribute to the implementation of the Environment Charters. In the case of those Territories that do not have Environment Charters, proposals must comply with the core Charter principles. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of their potential to contribute in practical and lasting ways to:
- meeting the Territory’s obligations under those Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) extended to it, and preparing for possible future extensions;
- building environmental management capacity in the Territory; and
- raising awareness of environmental issues; promoting participation by civil society in decisions affecting the environment; and supporting environmental education in the Territory.
When completing application forms, applicants are strongly advised to refer to a copy of the Charter for the Territory (or Territories) for which the project is proposed. Copies of Charters for individual Territories can be found at UK Overseas Territories Environment Charters.
Applications may be submitted by overseas territory governments, non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) in the overseas territories, community-based organisations, individuals, educational institutions and by the private sector. Bids may also be submitted by UK-based organisations, NGOs and academic institutions provided that they have been developed in collaboration with partners in the Territories. Bids will be assessed on a competitive basis.
All UK Overseas Territories are eligible to apply to OTEP.
A panel including independent specialists assess project applications. The panel consists of government officials, experts from academic, educational and scientific institutions, and representatives of the NGO community through the UKOTCF. All panel members have specific OT expertise.
OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING
Project applicants are encouraged to seek complementary support from other sources where appropriate, either in cash or in kind. This might be attracted, for example, from other donors, the private sector, government departments, NGOs, or fund-raising activities. Lack of success in attracting collaborative inputs will not, however, necessarily disadvantage otherwise strong proposals.
OTEP funding cannot be used for environmental work which is part of the normal core responsibilities of environmental and natural resource departments in overseas territories' governments (and which is therefore budgeted for by each overseas territory government or administration).
The Overseas Territories Environment Programme is administered jointly by the Overseas Territories Programme Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Overseas Territories Department of the Department of International Development.
To download application forms and further information about OTEP, please visit the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum website at www.ukotcf.org.
Advice on any aspect of OTEP should be referred to Dick Beales at the Department for International Development: (R-Beales@dfid.gov.uk; telephone UK+ (0) 20 7023 0120).
ORShaun Earl, OTEP Programme Manager, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
email@example.com; telephone UK+ (0)20 7008 2725).