- Subject: OVERSEAS TERRITORIES ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (OTEP): OUTCOME OF SECOND BIDDING ROUND
18 February 2005
Please see below the text of a telegram that has issued today to all Overseas Territories, announcing the results of the
second Overseas Territories Environment Programme bidding round. Individual emails will issue to each applicant shortly
confirming these results and providing feedback on each application.
1. 20 projects approved in the second bidding round of the joint FCO/DFID Overseas Territories Environment Programme
(OTEP). Feedback and request for Posts to help promote OTEP-funded Research Studentships. Full list of successful and
unsuccessful projects in Part 2 to follow.
2. The second bidding round of OTEP has now concluded. The OTEP secretariat received 30 project proposals, from a wide
range of project applicants including OT governments, UK and OT-based NGOs, community-based organisations, and UK and OT
educational institutions. As last year, the overall standard of proposals was high, many seeking to build on previous
experience and expertise and also demonstrating outreach and local consultation. Most applications clearly met the OTEP
i. implementing the Environment Charter for the Territory, including the development of strategies and action plans where
ii. meeting the Territory's obligations under those Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) extended to it, and preparing
for possible future extensions;
iii. building environmental management capacity in the Territory; and
iv. raising awareness of environmental issues; promoting participation by civil society in decisions affecting the
environment; and supporting environmental education in the Territory.
3. All project proposals received by the OTEP secretariat were assessed on 8 February by a seven-person selection panel
comprising officials from FCO, DFID and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee; specialists from UK academic and scientific
institutions; the private sector; and representatives of the NGO community (through the UK Overseas Territories Conservation
Forum (UKOTCF)). A wide range of environmental disciplines was represented on the panel, and all members had specific OT
expertise and experience. Drawing on the Panel's recommendations the FCO and DFID approved 20 projects (with one still under
consideration and another subject to discussion with the applicant). Details of successful and unsuccessful projects are in
4. Within the next few days, we will inform all project applicants (by copy of this telegram) of the results of the
bidding round. In addition, individual letters will issue to each applicant by email shortly confirming the results and
providing feedback on each application. Within six weeks of today's date, contract letters will be issued, and the project
funding process implemented for all successful applicants. Reporting requirements for monitoring and evaluation purposes
will be set out in the contract letters. Details of successful bids and other useful information on OTEP will be placed on
an OTEP branded website, accessible via a link on the UKOTCF's website (see www.ukotcf.org).
5. The cross-territory project XOT 201 offers 3 OTEP Research Studentships to citizens of the UK OTs (ideally individuals
employed by a relevant government department or NGO) to study for an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the Centre for
Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter. We would be grateful for assistance from the Governors' offices in
promoting this excellent opportunity. Likewise, we would welcome any suggestions to help identification of suitable candidates.
6. We are very grateful to Governors' offices (or equivalents) for the valuable contribution made to the assessment
process through the submission of many detailed and constructive comments on project applications. This input was very much
appreciated by all members of the assessment panel.
PART 2 OF 2
1. A full list of successful and unsuccessful projects from the second bidding round of the joint FCO/DFID Overseas
Territories Environment Programme.
2. SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS
ANG 201 (Anguilla): A bird-watching guide to Anguilla
ASC 201 (Ascension Island): Ascension Environment Information Operations Utility
BDA 201 (Bermuda): Somerset Long Bay Nature Reserve
BDA 202 (Bermuda): Development of species and habitat recovery plans, and capacity building for implementation
BDA 203 (Bermuda): Saltus Island Project
BIO 201 (British Indian Ocean Territory): Conducting a census of seabirds on Diego Garcia
BIO 202 (British Indian Ocean Territory): Ecological restoration through the eradication of introduced black rats (Rattus
rattus) from Eagle Island, Chagos Archipelago, British Indian Ocean Territory
BVI 201 (British Virgin Islands): British Virgin Islands Environmental CD atlas and teaching resource
FAL 201 (Falkland Islands): Completion of New Island South reserve management plan and initiation of implementation
FAL 202 (Falkland Islands): Falkland Islands key sites
MNT 201 (Montserrat): Pipers Pond rehabilitation project
MNT 203 (Montserrat): Establishing a botanical garden for relaxation and education
SGS 201 (South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands): South Georgia Giant Petrel and White-chinned Petrel conservation programme
STH 201 (St Helena): Developing and integrating cross sector management of nature trails and tours both terrestrial and marine
STH 202 (St Helena): Monitoring and raising awareness of grouper at St Helena using Ascension Island as a control
TDC 201 (Tristan da Cunha): Eradication of the alien plant, Procumbent Pearlwort (Sagina procumbens) at Gough Island
TDC 202 (Tristan da Cunha): Tristan da Cunha conservation office
TDC 203 (Tristan da Cunha): An assessment of the potential for rodent eradication in the Tristan da Cunha
XOT 201 (Cross-Territory): OT Graduate Research Studentships: building capacity for conservation
XOT 202 (Cross-Territory): Community environmental awareness
ANG 202 (Anguilla): Anguilla national biodiversity strategy and action plan 2005 and beyond. (NB further discussions will
be taking place with the applicants to consider an alternative approach to achieving these objectives and how they might be
linked to those in ANG 203 below. OTEP is prepared to fund a scoping study and workshop to facilitate this.)
ANG 203 (Anguilla): National herbarium enhancement project
BDA 204 (Bermuda): Understanding the die-off of seagrass beds in Bermuda: linkages between nutrients and grazers
BDA 205 (Bermuda): Bio-diesel production from waste vegetable oil - pilot study
BDA 206 (Bermuda): Bermuda amphibian research project - Bufo marinus deformity project
BDA 207 (Bermuda): Understanding the potential environmental and human health issues associated with sewage disposal in
Bermuda (and other UK Overseas Territories), using the sterol 'coprostanol' as a fecal biomarker
BDA 208 (Bermuda): Rara Avis (Rare Bird)
BVI 202 (British Virgin Islands): Mangrove wetland conservation project
MNT 202 (Montserrat): Biodiversity Conservation: trail and resource centre development and awareness raising
4. STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION
PIT 201 (Pitcairn Islands): Development of a Pitcairn Islands Environmental Management Plan (to be further discussed at
Pitcairn during visit of DFID official later this month)
5. Contact for this telegram: Rob Bowman and Rebecca Claxton in SDCG on Firecrest or Dick Beales, DFID (email.
R-Beales@...; tel. 020 7023 0120).
Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP)
Natural Resources & Environmental Governance Team E326
Sustainable Development & Commonwealth Group
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
( Telephone: 0044 020 7008 3849
Facsimile: 0044 020 7008 4076
* e-mail: rebecca.claxton@...
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