SDM 2018 Call for Proposals

The Secretariat for the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is pleased to announce that the call is now open for proposals for SDM 2018 projects. SDM is one of the collaborative activities of the International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative, established jointly by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) as a financing mechanism to facilitate the implementation of activities under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI). Approximately six (6) IPSI member organisations with convincing proposals will be selected in accordance with our selection process and criteria. The upper limit of the grant for one organisation is ten thousand (10,000) US dollars.

The deadline for applications is Friday 20 July 2018.
IPSI members are kindly invited to submit project proposals by this date by email to the SDM Secretariat (at )

Project proposals for implementing IPSI collaborative activities will be welcomed (see here for more about IPSI Collaborative Activities). To strengthen synergies with other IPSI-related activities, the grant recipient that has achieved outstanding results with SDM may have a chance to be invited to relevant events to share their experiences with other IPSI members and beyond, such as IPSI conferences and workshops, as well as the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP).

  • Deadline of applications: Friday 20 July 2018
  • Applications submitted to:
  • Number of organisations to be selected: Approximately six (6) IPSI member organisations
  • Upper limit of the grant for one organisation: USD 10,000
About SDM
Objectives of the SDM

The purpose of this mechanism is to facilitate activities in line with the IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action. These activities are expected to contribute to the retention and enhancement of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The fund aims to help recipients further develop their respective projects to attract additional resources, while also facilitating collaboration among members.

The SDM will provide with a maximum support of approximately USD 10,000 for the implementation of selected projects by IPSI members.


» For more details on the SDM Objectives (513KB)

Types of projects

Proposals for projects that fall under either of the four project types illustrated below will be selected.

» For more details on the SDM project types (513KB)

Process for project selection and implementation

All interested and eligible IPSI members (see eligibility criteria) are invited to apply for SDM to implement activities that fall under one of the four project types using the project proposal template. Proposed activities should be in line with the SDM Objectives.

Applications should be submitted to the SDM Secretariat by Friday 20 July 2018. Approximately six (6) projects will be selected from among the eligible applications that the SDM Secretariat have received by the deadline, in the light of the three criteria sets, i.e., eligibility, screening and prioritisation criteria, and finally selected by the Executive Board.

Successful applicants will be notified by the SDM Secretariat. The applicants will be requested to proceed to formulating and signing the Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the Secretariat before commencing the project. The grant recipients will be requested to submit an interim progress report at the interim period of the project as necessary, and upon project completion, to submit the final evaluation report to the SDM Secretariat.

project implementation process

The assessment of proposals submitted to the SDM Secretariat will follow a step-by-step process referring to the Eligibility Criteria, the Screening Criteria, and the Prioritisation Criteria in order to develop a short list of the proposals, which will be submitted to the Executive Board for consideration and decision.

selection process

» Details on the project selection criteria

SDM 2018 application forms and attachments
  1. Proposal Format (MS Word format Zipped)
  2. Examples for filling the Proposal Format (23KB)
  3. Final Evaluation Report Format (MS Word format Zipped)
  4. Definition of Terms (12KB)
  5. IPSI Case Study Summary Sheet template (MS Word format Zipped)
Project selection criteria
I. Eligibility criteria

Applicants satisfying the conditions outlined below will be eligible to be “long-listed”.

Eligibility criteria
1 The applicant is an approved member of the IPSI at the date of submission of the project proposal.
2 The applicant has agreed to act as focal point of the proposed project to be contacted by the SDM Secretariat, if the proposal is jointly submitted by multiple IPSI members.
3 The applicant has demonstrated sufficient institutional capability to implement the proposed project.
4 The applicant has demonstrated sufficient English proficiency to deliver a good project report.
5 The applicant is not a member of either the Advisory Group or the Executive Board of SDM.
6 Any applicant that makes an unequivocally false presentation of him/herself or his/her organisation will be excluded from the SDM.
II. Screening criteria

Successful applicants shall demonstrate high relevance of the project proposal to the concept of the Satoyama Initiative through clearly responding to all queries in the designated project proposal format. Only projects with a proposed duration of less than 24 months will be considered. For shortlisting, project proposals will be assessed against four elements of the screening criteria, i.e. relevance, effectiveness, feasibility and sustainability, with reference to the viewpoints listed in the below table.

A Relevance
1 The contents of the proposed project address critical needs of local communities or issues of international concern such as those in line with the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2 The proposal addresses the Strategic Objectives outlined in the IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action 2013-2018.
3 The proposed project is likely to foster good practices and provide lessons that will be useful for IPSI members and applicable to other SEPLS.
4 The proposed project fosters concrete collaborations between IPSI members.
B Effectiveness
5 The proposal outlines concrete outcomes and outputs of the project, and defines the process and mechanisms for promoting key stakeholders’ engagement in the project implementation.
6 The proposed project demonstrates cost effectiveness through efforts to achieve maximum impact with the available resources.
C Feasibility
7 The proposal presents realistic project components and implementation plans for achieving project objectives under the proposed timeframe.
8 The project proposal demonstrates appropriate implementation capacity, with detailed institutional roles and modalities, and a reliable financial plan, including other sources of funding.
D Sustainability
9 The implementing organisation has properly identified measures for mitigating possible risks that may emerge in the project implementation process.
10 The project proposal intends to establish self-reliant operating mechanisms for the continuation of project activities, and/or the activities promoted under the project are likely to generate a positive knock-on effect after the cessation of SDM funding.
III. Prioritisation criteria

IIn addition to the assessment on individual project proposals against the prioritization criteria as listed below for final selection.

1 Facilitating IPSI Collaborative activities
a. Priority will be given to collaborative activities that have already been endorsed under the framework of IPSI, or to proposals that will lead to the formulation of new collaborative activities.
2 Consideration for geographical and thematic balance
a. The geographical balance of project sites and implementing organisation locations will be taken into consideration in the selection of recipients.
b. Priority may be given to projects targeting underrepresented regions, sectors, IPSI clusters, and any other issues worth highlighting through the SDM.
c. Priority will be given to developing countries to support their community-driven activities, but developed countries shall not be excluded.
d. The distribution of the types of projects described under the scope of the SDM may be taken into account in the selection of recipients.
3 Consideration for wide distribution of funding to IPSI members
a. Priority will be given to project proposals from applicants who have not been previously selected as recipients of the SDM funding.
4 Consideration for important funding needs
a. Priority will be given to project proposals that have demonstrated a strong need for support from the SDM.
5 Consideration of innovativeness
a. Priority will be given to project proposals that have demonstrated innovativeness by addressing critical needs of local communities and/or issues of international concerns through alternative, unique or other novel approaches.

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