LME:LEARN - Large Marine Ecosystems


Inter-project Collaboration Opportunities (ICO) are seed funding grants for GEF marine and coastal projects to collaborate with each other, non-GEF projects and/or Regional Bodies that are active in the LME:LEARN Regional Networks. The grant serves to promote linkages and enhance coordination/collaboration across focal areas (LME, MPA, MSP and ICM). The funding allows them to team up and address common/transboundary issues, maximize resources and human capacity, and/or facilitate networking. 

Example collaborations include:

  • A GEF funded MPA project applying to collaborate with a GEF funded ICM project and an LME project. 
  • LME with a River Basin.
  • GEF funded marine and coastal project with non-GEF projects (Seascapes, transboundary basins, regional seas bodies).
  • Regional/global actors together with GEF marine and coastal projects.

There are currently 10 grants available of $15, 000 each to support a series of collaboration activities. The grant funds will cover necessary air tickets and DSA (per diem) allowances to facilitate the execution of the ICO grant. All arrangements will be made by the LME:LEARN Project Coordination Unit.

For further information about the ICO criteria, you may download the ICO Information document.

GEF funded marine and coastal projects or other entities proposing to enter a collaboration involving multiple GEF projects are invited to submit their proposals using the Proposal Form to the PCU via email (info@iwlearn.org) with the subject line “ICO Proposal 2017”.

Interested parties are highly encouraged to engage in dialogue with identified projects and entities prior to developing a proposal. 

The final round of applications closes on 31 July 2018. A decision on each application will be announced at the latest three weeks after the closing of the call.

Projects and entities that are awarded the grant will be requested to submit an ICO Note which consists in a three-to-six page template to capture the results of a collaboration in terms of knowledge generated and specific guidance to the wider portfolio.