Deadline: 7 April 2011
The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that brings together and strengthens South Asian researchers and institutions interested in the inter-connections between development and the environment. In this call for research proposals, SANDEE will focus on the economics of conservation. About 13% of the world's surface area is "protected" for conservation of natural habitat. Anthropogenic pressures are constantly in contest with conservation and there is an urgent need to understand the trade-offs involved in policy options.
We invite inter-disciplinary teams of economists and ecologists/field biologists/geographers, etc., to propose research on issues relating to conservation and protected areas. The research could be geographically focused on any one site or be a multi-site study in one or more countries in South Asia. Multi-country proposals should preferably come from a coalition of research partners, but SANDEE may also help shortlisted researchers find partners in other countries. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is April 7th, 2011. If accepted, this will lead to an invitation to submit a full research proposal. The proposed research should focus on issues and questions (but not limited to) the following:
a) Conservation strategies: What has been the impact of protected area management strategies on biodiversity and eco-systems? What instruments have worked well? Where and how have "buffers" and "corridors" been successful?
b) Distributional impacts: Who are the beneficiaries of protected areas and who bears the costs? Have protected area policies oriented toward local communities worked well? What are some examples of well managed re-location or conflict reduction strategies? Which policies and economic instruments have been welfare-enhancing for local peoples?
c) Cross country protection: How do we better manage multi-country protected areas? What policies or coordination strategies are required? What are some successful implementation and financing strategies?
d) Financing and governance of protected areas: Are protected areas adequately funded? Can these resources be more efficiently utilized in conservation? What role can the private sector play? Has eco-tourism contributed to better financing of protected areas? How can state institutions be better organized to respond to conservation challenges?
Pre-Proposals should ideally have a strong inter-disciplinary focus. Pre-proposals will be evaluated on their academic merit and policy significance. The average grant size is expected to be about 25,000 USD. Institutional affiliation is required for receiving support. Pre-proposals must be uploaded on SANDEE's website at:http://www.sandeeonline.org/research_workshop_application_form.php
Detailed Guidelines are provided on SANDEE's website. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional queries. Please note that you need to register as a member to submit the pre-proposals. Members who registered on our previous website may have to re-register.
Please visit www.sandeeonline.org for full detail.