Call for education and public awareness projects 2020 (Closed)

The Protocol of Cooperation between the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) aims to contribute through its programme CEBioS to a better knowledge of biodiversity linked to sustainable development and to reach a better implementation of international environmental conventions in developing countries.

In the framework of its 'public awareness' component, CEBioS desires to strengthen the activities of CHM National Focal Points in their contribution to the implementation of the CBD. National CHMs play an essential role in the education and information of the general public and policy makers, on the value of biodiversity and on the opportunities offered by the Convention.

In 2020, 5 to 7 projects will be financed through the call. This number will depend of the type, size and quality of proposed projects.

The call is open to organisations and CHM National Focal Points of partner countries of Belgium: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, D.R. Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Palestine State, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.

Themes in 2020

The suggested themes have been chosen in accordance to the first objective of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Aichi target 1) :






Study on suitable indicators for a baseline study on public awareness according
to objective 1 of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention if not yet defined
in the revised National Biodiversity Strategy.

6 months project
(to be completed by 30 December 2020)


Baseline study on the perception of biodiversity based on the indicators
chosen in the NBSAP or in an earlier project on indicators.

6 months project
(to be completed by 30 December 2020)


Follow-up study to evaluate changes in the perception of biodiversity based
on the indicators chosen with methodology used for baseline study
(type 2 project) to be used in the evaluation of the National Biodiversity
strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).

6 months project
(to be completed by 30 December 2020)


Public awareness project on:

The implementation of the NBSAP based on the sixth national report;
The stakes in 2020-2021 for the development of the post 2020 framework;
Importance of biodiversity for the Sustainable Development Goals;
Importance to preserve biodiversity and intact ecosystems for healthy lives

The projects' aim is to raise the awareness of target audience chosen in the
NBSAP or through an earlier indicator project and for which a baseline study (Type 2) has  been undertaken.

6 months  project
(to be completed by 30 December 2020)


For partner countries that haven't yet done a project type 1 and type 2 it is not possible to submit a project type 3 or 4. We advise you to contact the CHM and CBD national focal point of your country to know if national indicators have already been chosen and if the baseline study has been done. When these activities have already been undertaken, we will need documents supporting this attached to your submission of a type 3 or 4 project.

For partner countries that have completed a project type 2 in an earlier call, they can only submit a Type 2 study in this call in order to measure the change in perception based on awareness projects since the 1st type 2 project. The result of the project should be included in the evaluation of the NBSAP.

Background information on studies on suitable indicators and a baseline study can be found here.

Projects financed in previous years can be visited on the national CHM websites or through the following link “Selected projects of the Public awareness calls from 2005 – 2019

Type of support

CEBioS will finance the selected projects up to 80% of their estimated costs. The remaining 20% will have to be provided by the local partner.


Maximum amount funded by CEBioS   

Type 1

8000 €

Type 2

8000 €

Type 3

8000 €

Type 4

8000 €

Payment of instalments

Duration of the projects   

Payment instalments

6 months projects :

90% of the requested budget at the beginning of the project and maximum the remaining
10% after the end of the project based on expenses done.


The last payment will only be made after reception of original justification of expenses and the final report (receipts and supporting documents).

Project promoter and partners

The official project promoter must contact the CHM National Focal Point of the submitting country to ensure that the results of the project will be posted on the national CHM. An approval letter of the supervisory authority or director must be joined to the application file.
Collaboration or subcontracting with a local partner is possible. In this case, such collaboration or subcontracting must clearly be indicated in the application. The involvement of education and/or communication specialists is an asset.

Preparation of a proposal and submission instructions

Projects must be submitted to RBINS by 25 June 2020 at the latest, at the electronic address
Alternatively, and only if there are e-mail problems, the application can be sent by regular mail at the address mentioned at the end of this document.

Projects must be submitted using the following template.

To prepare the budget you have to use the model for budget (budget template) and read carefully the vademecum. The budget should be included in the proposal but also be sent as a separate Excel file.


A report of activities and a financial report must be submitted to CEBioS at the end of the project. A sample of the available educational material will be joined to the report of activities (e.g. posters, brochures, T-shirts, etc.).

Information on and generated by the project should be made available on the national CHM website, so that a large audience is made aware of the achievements.

The deliverables are:

  • A project implemented according to the terms of the contract
  • Implemented project and narrative report, including indicators as requested by CEBioS
  • Financial report following the template provided by CEBioS (Excel)
  • Financial reports not using the template will not be taken into consideration.

A financial report that doesn't respect these instructions will not be accepted. If a project passes the agreed up on budget there will be no additional funds available! 

Indicative dates for the examination of proposals and for the execution of the projects

20 May 2020

Launch of the call for proposals through the Belgian CHM website

25 June 2020

Deadline for the submission of proposals

1 July 2020

Successful project beneficiaries are contacted, contract development, projects can start

1 July 2020 to
30 December 2020

Project implementation

31 January 2021

Activities and financial reports required


The following persons will oversee the evaluation and follow-up of projects, with the support of experts of the RBINS Education Department and of DGD:

  • Luc JANSSENS de BISTHOVEN, programme coordinator for the DGD – RBINS programme
  • Han DE KOEIJER, National focal point for the CHM
  • Jolien VENNEMAN, scientific assistant for the CHM
  • Pierre HUYBRECHTS, communication expert, national focal point for the CBD

In order for each of these persons to be informed at all times of the status of the application, projects and all related correspondence can only be submitted through the generic e-mail

Physical address:
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
1000 Brussels

Reference study on awareness attitudes and public engagement in support of biodiversity (French)

Template for public awareness project