The Ocean Foundation (TOF) has initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify an organization qualified to conduct a blue carbon restoration project in seagrass, saltmarsh, or mangrove habitat to pilot the use of blue carbon restoration in the local mitigation of ocean acidification (OA). The restoration project must occur in Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, or Vanuatu. The selected organization will be required to work with a TOF-designated science partner in the country of their project. This science partner will be responsible for measuring the carbon chemistry at the restoration site before, during, and after the restoration, to assess the local mitigation of OA. Preference is given if the planting organization has experience implementing or is capable of implementing the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration.
Proposal Request Synopsis
The Ocean Foundation is seeking multi-year proposals under the Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Mitigation project for blue carbon restoration (seagrass, mangrove, or salt marsh) in the Pacific Islands. The Ocean Foundation will fund ONE proposal for the region with a budget not to exceed $90,000 US. The Ocean Foundation is soliciting multiple proposals which will then be reviewed by an expert panel for selection. Projects must be focused in one of the following four countries: Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea or Palau and must be coordinated with ocean acidification monitoring projects recently funded in these same countries by The Ocean Foundation. Proposals are due by April 20th, 2018. Decisions will be communicated by May 18th, 2018 for work to commence no later than December 2018.