Jan 24, 2011

Scholarships, Individuals, Organisations, NGOs, Funding agencies, India, Worldwide

International Ibsen Scholarships for individuals or organizations : The Norwegian Government is accepting applications for the International Ibsen Scholarships for the year 2011. This is the fourth time that the Government will be handing out the scholarships meant for individuals, organizations or institutions from around the world.

Scholarship funds amount to 1,000,000 NOK (approx. 125.000 Euro/160.000 US Dollars) will be awarded to Ibsen-related projects worldwide.

The scholarships are meant to act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen, the nineteenth century Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet.

The International Ibsen Scholarships are awarded annually and the applications are subject to scrutiny by an appointed jury.

Previous years, projects from Asia, North-America, Europe, Africa and Australia have received scholarships.

The presentation of the scholarship recipients 2011 is staged in Henrik Ibsen’s city of birth, Skien, Norway on September 19th and 20th and coincides with the Skien International Ibsen Conference.

The application deadline for The International Ibsen Scholarships is April 15th, 2011. For more information, visit for more details.

Purchase of Nature Grants Program for NGOs : The IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL), a platform of 25 IUCN members in the Netherlands has a unique small grants program which provides funding local NGOs to purchase and protect threatened wildlife habitats and vulnerable ecosystems around the world.

In areas under high pressure the purchase of remnants of natural vegetation and creating private protected areas can have a massive impact on the conservation of local biodiversity. With exploding land prices, triggered by developments in the ‘biofuel’ market or development projects, there is no time to wait for decisive action from politicians or decision makers. (In the Paraguayan Chaco for example, hundreds of hectares of dry forest are destroyed every day). If used by capable NGOs, land purchase can be an extremely valuable and fast-working instrument to protect threatened ecosystems and safeguard them for future generations. The SPN programme provides the financial support for such dedicated NGOs to implement these much needed interventions.

The SPN programme works only with carefully selected local conservation NGOs, with a proven capacity in management of natural resources. These NGOs will eventually own and manage the purchased areas. The SPN programme DOES NOT own any lands, it only provides the funds for the purchase. Buying land and placing the management, and/or ownership, in the hands of an NGO can be a delicate and sometimes complicated matter.

The funds are eligible for local conservation NGOs working in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Although the geographical range of SPN is very broad, the bulk of the projects funded are located in Latin America. Legislation in most countries of this continent makes it relatively easy (compared to many countries in Africa and tropical Asia) for NGOs to purchase and manage land, and arrange for the title deeds to be registered in their name.
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