Call for Project Proposals “One Health” Intersecting Development & Environmental Protection

Deadline Date: April 30, 2024

Donor Name: French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM)

Grant Size: More than $1 million

As part of its new 2023-2026 strategy, the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) is launching a call for project proposals on “Combating sources of pollution impacting simultaneously the health of ecosystems, wildlife, and local populations as part of the “One Health” approach.

The goal is to support the implementation of innovative pilot projects intersecting development and environmental protection in countries listed by the DAC of the OECD, in particular less-advanced countries and low- and middle-income countries, with the aim of subsequent capitalisation and upscaling.

The call for projects seeks to encourage field-based actions founded on holistic approaches which uphold the intrinsic links between the three health – human health, animal health and the health of ecosystems in the assembly of projects, primarily targeted at environmental issues.

Funding Information

  • Financial aid requested from the FFEM may be made in payments varying from €500,000 to €3,000,000 per project.
  • The FFEM finances projects having a duration of 3 to 5 years.

Eligible Projects

  • Projects can be based around the “One Health” approach – in accordance with the definition given by the One Health High-Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP)  – through an environmental gateway, in other words responding to one or more environmental issues which impact not only on ecosystem health, but also on the health of local wildlife and populations, and thus reducing all these impacts to a minimum. In this sense, projects are sought which integrate as their main gateway an environmental or environmental health problem, and which are not solely or mainly focused on human or animal health connections.
  • Specifically, they may be projects seeking to prevent and/or mitigate factors which negatively impact these three aspects, such as sources of pollution (chemical, arising from physical or biological agents, mechanical, thermal, light or noise), and/or remediation projects.
  • Through this call for project proposals, the FFEM hopes to particularly support projects tackling the issue of pollution reduction, a cross-cutting topic that strongly impacts on the challenges of ecosystems, human and animal health as well as on the climate, and so deliver a holistic response to the Triple Planetary Crisis (climate, biodiversity and pollution).
  • For example, projects could address the following themes:
    • reducing the use and impacts of inputs, phytosanitary and veterinary products, including antibiotics and synthetic chemicals;
    • reducing the use and discharge of heavy metals, solvents, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs);
    • reducing, and providing ecologically-sound management of, dangerous wastes including plastic, electrical and electronic waste, waste containing POPs and heavy metals, etc.;
    • combating all other sources of pollution of soils, water and air.
  • The following sectors could be contemplated, inter alia: agriculture, fishing and aquaculture, transport, industry and mining – especially placer mining – and waste management.
  • Proposals must explain how the project addresses the holistic “One Health” approach.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Initiators for eligible projects: The call for proposals is open to legal persons which the FFEM can support within the scope of its mandate: civil society organisations, governments, local authorities and communities, public institutions, research bodies, the private sector, foundations, international organisations.
  • Geographical area: Eligible countries are all those listed as recipients of publicly-funded development assistance via the OECD DAC, with priority given to the African continent.
  • Multi-country and regional projects are eligible.


  • All projects submitted to the FFEM must demonstrate that they meet the following nine criteria:
    • contribution to global environment protection,
    • contribution to local sustainable development in one or more developing countries,
    • innovative nature,
    • illustrative and reproducible nature for upscaling of the project/programme
    • post-project economic and financial sustainability, once funding ends,
    • ecologically and environmentally viable
    • social and cultural acceptability, particularly through local adoption and ownership,
    • appropriate institutional framework,
    • have a monitoring and evaluation mechanism.
  • For each proposal, special attention will also be paid to:
    • the theory of change,
    • the partnership dimension
    • the taking into account of inequalities (including of gender), women, young people and vulnerable populations,
    • the sharing of lessons learned from the project,
    • the sustainability of financing and co-financing.

For more information, visit FFEM.

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