Integrated Approach to Sustainable Cooking Solutions Programme in Tanzania
The European Commission (EC) is seeking proposals for the Integrated Approach to Sustainable Cooking Solutions Programme to promote sustainable forest management and wood-fuel production in rural areas with an overall aim of enhancing environmental sustainability, in particular the sustainability of the wood-fuel value chain.
The specific objective of this call for proposals is to increase capacities and commitments by local communities (including wood-fuel producers) to engage in sustainable forest management practices along the wood-fuel value chain.
The expected contribution of the intervention to the call’s objectives and any of the following priority areas should be clearly demonstrated in the proposals.
Sustainable forest management: Tanzania is well endowed with vast forest resources. Forest resources are estimated to cover about 48.1 million (m) hectares (ha), about 55% of total surface land area of Tanzania mainland. However, the current trend of deforestation and forest degradation in Tanzania is alarming driven by charcoal extraction among other factors such as agriculture which is the main driver. It is estimated that Tanzania’s rate of deforestation is about 469,000 ha per year with most of the forest conversion taking place in village lands (comprising of about 22 million hectares).
Protection of village forest land and land use planning: In Tanzania mainland, 70 percent of land is considered to be Village land, 28 percent is Reserved land (forests, national parks, game reserves etc), general land and other land is on lease mainly urban and rural estates where rights of occupancy have been granted. Most of land clearing for charcoal is in village land, farmlands and general land. Agricultural activities especially opening of new farms, shifting and farmland expansion are the key drivers of deforestation.
Formalisation of the charcoal value chain: An assessment on the contribution of the forest sector to the national economy undertaken by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) estimated the annual business of charcoal production at 1,895,248 tonnes making a total Gross Value Added (GVA) of about TZS 2,056 trillion equivalent to 44.22% of the total forest sector’s contribution to the GDP. 50% of charcoal revenue is emanating from wholesalers and retailers who are not formally organized/governed and recognized. The government collects only 0.5% of this as fees and taxes.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 10,500,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Indicative allocation of funds by lot/geographical distribution:
Funding is indicatively allocated across lots as follows.Lot 1: EUR 2,000,000Lot 2: EUR 2,000,000Lot 3: EUR 2,000,000Lot 4: EUR 2,000,000Lot 5: EUR 2,500,000
Size of grantsFor Lot 1 – 4: Any grant requested under these Lots must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:Minimum amount: EUR 1,500,000Maximum amount: EUR 2,000,000For Lot 5: Any grant requested under this Lot must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:Minimum amount: EUR 2,000,000Maximum amount: EUR 2,500,000
Lead applicantIn order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:Be a legal person andBe non-profit-making andBe a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 156 of the EU Financial Regulation.Be established in an ACP State; a Member State of the European Union; Beneficiaries of the Instrument for pre-accession assistance; a Member State of the European Economic Area; Overseas Countries and Territories; developing countries and territories, as included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA Recipients, which are not members of the G20 group, without prejudice to the status of the Republic of South Africa, as governed by Protocol 3 of the partnership Agreement; a Member State of the OECD , in the case of contracts exclusively implemented in a Least Developed Country (LDC) or a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC);