Posted by: Hendra Siry | 7 April, 2009

APFED Innovation Showcase for Sustainable Development

Call for proposals for showcase projects under the
APFED Innovation Showcase for Sustainable Development

The call for proposals for the 2009 APFED Showcase Programme is to be launched on 9 March 2009. The Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) is a regional group of eminent experts launched at the ECOASIA (Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific) in 2001 with the support of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The APFED steers in its phase II the Showcase Programme as one of its programmes to support the experimentation of policy measures and actions recommended by the APFED Final Report of 2004.

The APFED Secretariat, serviced by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the Showcase Facility Secretariat serviced by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP) invite organisations and stakeholder groups to submit proposals for the 2009 APFED Showcase Programme in accordance with the procedures set out below.

1. About the Showcase Programme

1.1 Objectives of the Programme

The Showcase Programme aims to support projects that promote innovative policies, measures, and actions for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region as recommended by the APFED Final Report .These innovative activities supported under the Showcase Programme shall be shared among various stakeholders in the region through the APFED Good Practice Database.

Examples of innovative activities as defined in the APFED Final Report:

Innovation in relation to policies

To pilot innovative policies that lead to behavioural changes of people in a defined direction, such as integrated transportation planning and establishing special environmental zones for innovative policies.

Innovation in relation to technologies

To analyse the feasibility of emerging technologies for prevention, mitigation or adaptation purposes under specific conditions, such as new sources of water, eco-industrial parks, and eco-restoration initiatives.

Innovation in the encouragement of social practices for sustainability

To enhance social capacity for sustainable development by encouraging new and creative social practices conducted by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and/or by stimulating partnerships between CSOs and other stakeholders, such as rural-based industries with support from the urban community,  local eco-currency, participatory composting, joint management of protected areas, and inter-university credit systems.

1.2 Outline of the Programme

Under the Showcase Programme, a grant of up to US$30,000 can be provided to each sustainable development project to showcase innovative approaches to support the development, implementation, monitoring, and information dissemination of innovative policies, measures and actions for promoting sustainable development in the region. The funds may be used to support stakeholder consultations, feasibility studies, pilot scheme experimentation and demonstration. It is prerequisite that the proposed project aim to generate tangible outcomes in changing behaviours and business practices toward enhancing sustainability, and improving environmental performance. Mere literature review, report writing, and meeting organisations without showing any intent to make immediate behavioural changes and improve environmental performance are not eligible to be supported by the Programme.

While the project implementing organisations assume primary responsibilities for monitoring and self-evaluating project implementation and preparing reports thereon for submission to APFED, the projects shall be complementarily monitored and evaluated by one of the member institutes of the Network of Research Institutes for Sustainable Development (NetRes) established under APFED. For each of the approved projects, a NetRes institute shall be assigned to support the implementation of the project. The funds shall be channelled through the designated NetRes institute after the completion of a contract between the NetRes institute and the project implementing organisation.
It is expected that the project shall be implemented with good will and a spirit of partnership so that the outcome of the successfully implemented project can be registered in the APFED Good Practices Database. The Database is intended to disseminate information on good practices for promoting sustainable development in the region with a view to facilitating the replication of such successful initiatives.

2. How the Showcase Programme is managed


Under the guidance of APFED, the Showcase Programme is administered by the APFED Secretariat (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, IGES)  in coordination with the APFED Showcase Facility established that is serviced by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/ROAP).

Selection of Showcase Projects

The selection of showcase projects shall be made by the APFED Showcase Panel that is supported by the APFED Showcase Facility and the APFED Secretariat. The Panel consists of five members from APFED who were appointed by the Chair of APFED.


Each showcase project will be monitored and evaluated by one of the institutes of the Network of Research Institutes for Sustainable Development (NetRes). A NetRes institute will be appointed to each showcase project by the APFED Showcase Facility Secretariat. The NetRes members are:

– Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences (CSES), China
– Korea Environment Institute (KEI), Korea
– Singapore Institute for International Affairs (SIIA), Singapore
– The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
– Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), Thailand
– University of South Pacific (USP), Fiji
– Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan
– The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

The major tasks of the NetRes institutes include:

– providing the project implementing organisations with advice on refining the project proposal, the implementation plan,  facilitating its effective implementation, and devising monitoring and evaluation methodologies,
– concluding a contract and agreed implementation plan with the project implementing organisation,
– channelling APFED Showcase Programme funds to the project implementing organisation,
– monitoring and evaluating the project implementation and the outcomes,
– providing guidance in drawing lessons and accumulated knowledge from the project implementation,
– providing guidance on project implementation reports and preparing the final report based on the project implementation reports with the evaluation of the project by the NetRes institute for submission to APFED, and
– providing guidance in preparing the information sheet for registration in the APFED Good Practices Database.

3. How to Apply for the Showcase Programme

3.1 Eligibility

3.1.1 Eligibility of applicants

To be eligible to apply for the Programme:
1) The applicant must be a representative of an organisation that has been properly registered under the laws of the country for more than three years as an organisation working continuously for the promotion of sustainable development in a country in the Asia-Pacific region.  Click here for list of eligible countries.
2) The organisation must have sufficient capacities to implement the proposed activities.
3) The organisation must be able to show its legal status and to present its recent annual report including financial statements at the time of concluding a contract. The organisation that fails to provide the mentioned documents shall be disqualified from receiving funds under the Programme.

3.1.2 Eligibility of projects

The proposed projects must satisfy the following requirements:

1) Projects must demonstrate innovative policies, measures, and actions including community empowerment and technology application with a view to promoting behavioural changes toward achieving sustainable development and generating positive impacts on environmental performance in Asia and the Pacific.
The concrete outcome must be demonstrated in terms of behavioural changes and/or improvement in environmental performance. In other words, the experimentation and demonstration of pilot schemes are essential components of the project. Therefore, mere literature review, report writing, or organisation of meetings and study tours per se shall not be eligible.
2) Projects must not have been implemented yet or must be at the very early stages of implementation.  The incremental component for improving environmental performance within the ongoing or completed projects makes such projects eligible for the Programme.
3) The project implementing organisation must have already secured core funds including in-kind contributions to support the implementation of the APFED Showcase project.
4) Projects must be designed to be implemented in partnership with other relevant organisations and stakeholder groups as well as NetRes institutions. (Note: initial contacts with NetRes institutions are not prerequisite during the early stage of application).
5) Projects must aim to demonstrate impacts that are measurable within the project implementation period.
6) The project implementation period shall be from 6 to 24 months.

3.1.3 Criteria in the selection process
1) Innovativeness: The project component include innovative elements and lessons that contribute to the creation of “knowledge” useful for sustainable development in the region.
2) Applicability: The project creates lessons to that will be useful for other areas of the A-P region.
3) Effectiveness: The project attains the project objectives through proposed activities in an effective manner.
4) Feasibility: The proposal clearly identifies time schedule, financial plan, human resources and possible risks.
5) Long-term self reliance: The activities can be continued after the completion of the project.
6) Relevance: The project is linked with the APFED’s recommended elements such as a co-benefit approach , poverty alleviation and civil society empowerment.

Easy access to the project site may give advantage as the Programme intends to support demonstration activities and good practice knowledge sharing. However it does not in any way preclude the support of project proposals with project sites in the remote areas.

3.2 Priority Thematic Area

There are the seven thematic priority areas of APFED, namely (1)climate change; (2)marine and coastal resources; (3)wastes and chemicals; (4)energy and air, (5) biodiversity; (6)freshwater;; and (7)land management (including urbanisation, rural development and forest).

Among these priority thematic areas, additional scores would be given to the proposals that address climate change,  3Rs (facilitating actions to reduce, reuse, and/or recycle materials and to foster sound material cycle, sustainable consumption and production, and circular economy ), as well as biological diversity for 2009 Showcase Programme.

Note: Co-benefit approaches for climate change, multi-stakeholder partnership for 3Rs, and payment for ecosystem services are some of those innovative practices that were highlighted at the 4th Plenary Meeting. Reflecting such concepts may give advantages, but it would not exclude the possibility of positively considering any other types of proposals.
Note: At the same time, we welcome the proposals which cover thematic areas other than the designated priority areas for 2009.

3.3 Proposal format

The proposal must be written in English, following the proposal format. It must provide all information requested. Proposals with incomplete information will be disregarded. Reference documents can be submitted as attachments to the application.

3.4 Submission deadline

All proposals must be submitted to the APFED Showcase Facility Secretariat at the following address either by post, email, or fax.  All proposals should be received by the Showcase Facility Secretariat NO LATER THAN 31 May 2009.

APFED Showcase Facility Secretariat
c/o Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/ROAP)
United Nations Bldg., Rajdamnern Ave. Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Fax: +66-2-280-3829

3.5 Notification of successful applications

The APFED Showcase Facility Secretariat shall only notify the successful applicants as result of the selection by email or postal-mail. The selection results shall also be announced on the APFED and APFED Showcase Programme website. It is expected that the final selection results will be announced in September 2009. The APFED website shall carry the updated information.

4. Further inquiries

For any further inquiries concerning the Showcase Programme, please contact:

APFED Secretariat
Masanori Kobayashi (Mr)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
e-mail:,  fax:+81-46-855-3809

APFED Showcase Facility Secretariat
Aretha Aprilia (Ms)
UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP)
e-mail:, fax: +66-2-280-1029

Click here to retrieve the Format of proposal in Microsoft Word (recommended), or

Format of proposal in PDF version

For the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.


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