Congratulations to the British Ecological Society on its continuing efforts to strengthen the ecological base in Africa and Eastern Europe. This year it has allocated rather more than £200,000 in total to this cause. The following countries will benefit: Cameroon, East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), Gabon, Macedonia, Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, The Democratic Republic of Congo and The Czech Republic.
John A. Lee, President
The British Ecological Society was the first national ecological society and has been an invaluable resource for ecologists in Britain and worldwide since 1913. In anticipation of its centenary, the BES will be supporting ecologists to establish organisations that can promote the science of ecology in their geographic area. The BES will do this through a new initiative called the Building Capacity for Ecology Fund (BCEF), which has the backing of the International Association of Ecology (Intecol). This new initiative will help to create the organisations needed to promote the science of ecology worldwide.
The Building Capacity for Ecology Fund will assist in the establishment or development of networks of ecologists that will allow ecologists in countries that currently lack a well-developed society or ecology institute to interact and gain from the experience and activities of colleagues. Ultimately, we expect the interactions promoted by the Fund to lead to the creation of new national or regional societies that will affiliate to Intecol.
Ecological societies provide the network within which ecologists can interact, exchange ideas and influence each other. Ecological societies are also important in promoting the science and its application with policymakers, natural resource managers and the public. The lack of activities that a society can provide is a major obstacle for the development and practice of ecology in many regions.
The BES has committed £500,000 over a five-year period to provide resources to build capacity for ecological networks. Support will focus on building effective ecological networks in Eastern Europe and Africa.
£201,847 of the commited funds have already been allocated to 9 different regions who applied and were awarded grants in the 2006 BCEF application round.
Regions being funded in the first BCEF round are: Cameroon, East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), Gabon, Macedonia, Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, The Democratic Republic of Congo and The Czech Republic. Click here for contact details.Contact details are provided for lead applicants and individuals are encouraged to work with these and existing societies as the BES will not fund applications for competing Ecological Societies / Networks in the same region.
Projects the Fund will support
In some countries, ecologists have already created an organisation to represent them, but they lack the resources to operate it effectively. In these cases, the BES will consider making grants directly to the Society to pay for office equipment, web activities and other communications and meetings. In some countries, there may be a need for administrative support.
In countries or regions where there is no existing organisation, the most effective use of the funds may be to support meetings to allow ecologists to interact and begin to build the network that will lead to the creation of an organisation.
In both cases, grants will be for a fixed term. Proposals will need to demonstrate how capacity-building activities will lead to a sustainable network of ecologists that can promote the science in their country or region. Other proposals that clearly promote the objective of the BCEF will be considered.
Please read the Guidelines before filling out the Application Form and Budget.
1st Round: 21
2nd Round: 15th of October 2007
Please contact the Grants Officer with any questions regarding the Building Capacity for Ecology Fund.