Call for projects: Mitigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves


The current COVID-19 crisis has affected the whole world. Not only has the disease claimed the lives of thousands of people, but it has resulted in the loss of livelihoods for a large part of the population and has highlighted important vulnerabilities in our societies and our economic system.

The World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, through its secretariats in the Biosphere Reserves of Menorca (Spain) and Jeju Island (Republic of Korea) and UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, invites biosphere reserves located in islands and coastal areas to submit projects aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their territories.

Priority will be given to project proposals coming from biosphere reserves located in Small Island Developing States.

Project proposals should be linked to the Lima Action Plan (2016-2025) of the MAB Programme and to Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Objectives.

Proposals should be oriented towards the following thematic areas:

  • Education and capacity building
  • Sustainable income generation
  • Food security
  • Ecosystem restoration

The maximum amount of the projects will be USD 15,000. These funds can be used as a "seed fund", so we encourage the selected projects to seek additional funds.

Projects must be implemented before December 15, 2021. Selected proposals will be announced by November 6, 2020.

Download the Guidelines and the Application Form.

For more information on the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, visit