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Call for Expression of Interest: Video Documentation of Forest Conservation Projects supported by Forest Foundation Philippines

Background:

Forest Foundation Philippines (also known as Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc.) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization that provides grants and technical assistance to organizations that empower the people to protect the forests. It was established in 2002 under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines.

The Forest Foundation Results Framework 2017-2021 was formulated to provide the overall approach and target outcomes in achieving lush forests protected and conserved by empowered people. Specifically, the Framework aims to:

  • Establish a participatory and coordinated strategy to natural resource management on a large scale;
  • Increase understanding of the impacts of management decisions on forest ecosystems products and services;
  • Mitigate climate change by reducing emissions from forest degradation and deforestation (REDD-Plus) activities consistent with the Philippine National REDD-Plus Strategy; and
  • Ensure the satisfaction of local needs while contributing to national commitments and global targets.

Under the Framework, priority is given to the forested landscapes within the geographic areas of Sierra Madre, Samar and Leyte, Palawan, and Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental given their ecological significance and importance to its neighboring provinces and regions.

Since 2002, the Foundation has already supported more than 700 projects, restored over 5,000 hectares of forestlands, improved over 2.5 million hectares of forestlands, developed more than 150 community-level enterprises, and strengthened over 200 community organizations.

The stories, lessons, and good practices from implementing the Results Framework 2017-2021 offer an invaluable contribution to the conservation of forest landscapes. Within this premise, the Foundation seeks expressions of interest from qualified organizations to document stories and produce video documentation of the projects it has supported to help ensure that community-led forest conservation projects are communicated effectively for sustainability and uptake even beyond the funding cycle. The video documentation intends to heighten the recognition and highlight co-ownership of results, impacts, and outcomes from the grants partnership between the Forest Foundation and its landscape partners.

Goal and Objective:

The Call for Expression of Interest aims to support the Forest Foundation Philippines and its partners in its advocacy work on forest conservation, protection, and restoration. Specifically, it aims to produce video documentation of community-led forest conservation projects supported by the Forest Foundation through grants in the identified focal landscapes.

Scope of Activities, Expected Outputs, and Locations:

Target locations

Interested organizations are requested to select landscape(s) that they intend to work on based on the list below. Entities with business operations in the landscape(s) that they selected will be given priority in the evaluation process. 

  • Sierra Madre (Aurora, Isabela, Cagayan,Rizal, and Quirino)
  • Palawan
  • Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental
  • Samar and Leyte
  • Small Islands and mangroves

Activities and expected outputs

Per identified landscape, at least three videos with length of up to eight minutes per video is expected to be produced. The videos should highlight landscape stories, including lessons and good practices derived from projects implemented by Forest Foundation and its partners.

Activities to deliver the outputs include, but not limited to, the following: project management; coordination work and research; script and storyboard development; fieldworks including interviews and actual video shoot; and editing and final production of videos.

The video documentation will be co-developed with the Forest Foundation. All materials generated from the project, including raw video files, should be submitted to the Forest Foundation at the end of the project.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Government-registered organizations/agencies whose work includes the development of creative outputs, particularly the production of videos, are requested to respond to this Call for Expression of Interest by submitting the following:

  • A cover letter containing the reasons for qualification, addressed to the Executive Director of Forest Foundation. The letter should include details of the organization, including the location where the organization/team is currently based, and landscape(s) intended to work on based on the list provided.
  • Credentials and links to at least two previous works on video documentation should also be provided.

Organizations should submit the requested documents to [email protected] and Bryan Joel Mariano, Knowledge Management Specialist, at [email protected] by 16 January 2023, Monday.

Organizations that are based in the areas of Palawan, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, and Samar and Leyte will be given priority. Metro Manila-based organizations are also encouraged to apply for the Sierra Madre and small islands and mangroves locations. Those that will be shortlisted will be invited to submit a full proposal which will be co-developed by the project officers of Forest Foundation.

Timeline:

ActivityDuration/deadline
Deadline for Call for Expression of Interest16 January 2023
Evaluation of applications (may include credentials presentation)17-20 January 2023
Co-development of a full proposal for shortlisted entities23-27 January 2023
Review of work plan/budget and approval30-31 January 2023
Finalization of grant agreements1-10 February 2023
Video documentation project implementation13 February to 15 May 2023