The BEST 2.0 Programme is a funding facility supported by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) as part of the EU Biodiversity for Life ( B4Life) flagship. BEST 2.0 aims to pilot an innovative financing mechanism for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the European Union Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) by setting up a funding facility for small-scale and medium-scale field actions on the ground.
BEST 2.0 provides funding to projects supporting, thanks to tangible actions, the achievement of the objectives of the BEST Initiative, the priorities identified in the BEST III regional ecosystem profiles including Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) , the Overseas Association Decision, the updated OCT environmental profiles, where validated by the local government, and relevant territorial, national and local strategies .
BEST 2.0 Objectives
- The overall objective of BEST 2.0 is to promote the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as a basis for sustainable development in OCTs.
- The specific objective is to enable, empower and strengthen local authorities and civil society organisations which are committed to local development, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services in OCTs.
- BEST 2.0 is designed to provide substantive and effective support for actions at the local as well the regional level, regional cooperation being key in the regions where the OCTs are located. BEST 2.0 will also catalyse the efforts and will constitute a key contribution to the achievement of global objectives and goals in terms of biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change.
As a grant scheme, BEST 2.0 organises calls for proposals in order to fund actions on the ground, both at the local and regional level. Calls for Proposals for Small Grants (<100 000 Euros) and Medium Grants (< 400 000 Euros) are to be launched in 2015 and 2016.
The projects supported by BEST 2.0 can target one or more of the EU OCTs. The BEST 2.0 grant can only be used to cover costs related to actions implemented in the OCTs. All grant proposals are carefully reviewed in terms of the relevance of their conservation actions with regard to the above mentioned objectives, the potential effectiveness of the actions, the long-term sustainability of conservation gains and the ability of the grantee to implement a successful project.
Please explore the dedicated BEST 2.0 Programme’s portal to find more useful information about how to apply for Small Grants and for Medium Grants, read FAQs regarding the application process and read the BEST 2.0 Guidelines and the Operational Manual
In the Caribbean region, the programme is open to the following 13 islands that fall under the status of Overseas Countries and Territories, namely Aruba, Bonaire, Bermuda, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin islands, Cayman Islands and St. Barthelemy.
In our region, BEST 2.0 started in 2015 with the Medium grants call that closed December 4th 2015. Received proposals have been reviewed and 4 projects will soon be granted a Medium Grant.
The BEST 2.0 Small Grant call is now open in our region ! Please visit the BEST 2.0 portal for detailed information on the Small Grants component!