DIMFE – Donors’ Initiative For Mediterranean Freshwater Ecosystems
Water resource management is one of the major issues of the 21st century. In order to address the challenges that impact freshwater ecosystems, the MAVA Foundation, Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have decided to join forces to create the Donors Initiative for Mediterranean Freshwater Ecosystems (DIMFE); an initiative dedicated to the conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems in the Mediterranean: rivers, lakes, marshes, wetlands and peatlands.
In the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the partners signed the DIMFE agreement during the World Conservation Congress in Marseille on September 7th, 2021. This collaboration between donors will enable action to be taken in the Western Balkans and North Africa in particular.
Lynda Mansson, Director General of the MAVA Foundation, recalled that “freshwater ecosystems are essential to our health and survival, but they are critically underfunded. Freshwater ecosystems have been among MAVA’s priority topics for the past 27 years, and actions to preserve them are part of MAVA’s legacy.”
Mette Skov, President of the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation, noted that “this is the first time that the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation teams up with fellow donor organizations in this way to work together toward a common goal. This type of structured coordination among donors seems to be the best way to ensure maximum impact of our funding.”
Finally, Olivier Wenden, Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation recalled that “water resource management is one of three priority areas of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. We are delighted to partner with MAVA and the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation to maximize our efforts to protect and restore these precious resources.”
The first call for projects will be launched end of September on the websites of the three foundations.
Calls for projects
Water resource management is one of the major issues of the 21st century. In order to respond to the challenges that impact freshwater ecosystems, the MAVA Foundation, Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have decided to join forces to create the Donors’ Initiative for Mediterranean Freshwater Ecosystems (DIMFE); an initiative dedicated to the conservation and restoration of all freshwater ecosystems in the Mediterranean: rivers, lakes, marshes and peatlands.
This first call for projects focuses on the following themes:
- Conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity
- Sustainable use and management of water resources; including the prevention of hydroelectric projects with high environmental impact
- The development and implementation of sustainable financing mechanisms for freshwater ecosystem conservation and sustainable water use
- DIMFE will fund projects that adopt a holistic approach taking into account community and cultural aspects such as the inclusion of socio-economic benefits for local populations, the promotion of environmentally beneficial cultural practices and respect for ethnicity and gender.
Criteria for the call for projects :
- Financial support from €100,000 to €500,000
- DIMFE’s contribution should normally not exceed 75% of the total project budget. If the request for funding exceeds €300,000, 25% co-financing (non-in-kind) is mandatory.
- Projects must start no later than February 2022 and have a maximum duration of 3 years
Project eligibility :
The Executive Committee will select projects that meet several criteria:
- Projects must be located within the Mediterranean basin.
- Projects must produce results that have an impact on the ground.
- Projects must be consistent with the themes and budget listed above.
- Projects submitted by a single person will not be considered.
Eligible applicants :
NGOs, local authorities, municipalities, private companies engaged in the ecological transition with less than 20 employees, scientific institutions.