Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)
The United States Agency International Development (USAID)
CARPE is a long-term initiative by of the United States Government to promote sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation in the Congo Basin through increased local, national, and regional natural resource management capacity. In the current phase of the program, CARPE III (2012-2020), the focus is on institutionalizing the conservation monitoring and management approaches developed in the prior phase, CARPE II, through individual, organizational, and systems capacity building to ensure that the ecological integrity of the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin is sustained.
CARPE works with Congo Basin Forest Partnership to identify activities.
African Wildlife Foundation, The Aspinall Foundation, International Gorilla Conservation Programme, The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), and others: http://carpe.umd.edu/about/index.php/?tab=3
CARPE works with Congo Basin Forest Partnership to identify activities. No clear information on how to apply.
The program operates as a stand-alone Development Objective in the environment sector of the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Africa and is being managed out of USAID’s office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. CARPE is the principal mechanism through which the U.S. Government promotes the objectives of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP).
In order to execute effectively this comprehensive program, USAID directly funds multiple partner organizations. These implementing partners include both international conservation organizations and "cross-cutting" service providers.
The majority of CARPE funds are allocated to activities within CBFP-identified landscapes, administered by multiple international conservation organizations functioning as consortia. These consortia are led by a single member and include other international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local NGOs, government agencies, international research institutions to implement the landscape programs.
CARPE Monitoring and Evaluation tools:
1. Annual Workplan: CARPE matrix and proposed workplan budget page
2. Semi-Annual Report: The same matrix as the CARPE approved workplan, with any changes in red font, short narrative, and expenditures to date specified in CTO memo
3. Annual Report: The same matrix as the CARPE approved workplan, with any changes in red font, a longer narrative with success stories, and expenditures for that year of implementation
4. Means of Verification: Documents/media sent electronically, hyperlinked to CARPE approved workplan
There are additional informative resources at CARPE‘s disposal, these include:
- A one-time receipt of a GIS polygon for each zone
- Information gathered on site visits, reported in the field visit template
- Ad hoc information and newsletters sent
See CARPE Reporting Guide: http://carpe.umd.edu/Documents/2010/CARPE_Reporting_Guidance_03_2010.pdf
The CARPE program focuses on the Congo Basin forest ecosystem. Activities are within Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)-identified landscapes.