From 2006 to 2011, the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) implemented the Regional Programme for the Sustainable Management of Coastal Zone Resources (ReCoMaP) with the financial backing of the European Union.
The specific objective of ReCoMaP-COI was to strengthen the capacities of local communities and public/private bodies, in order to achieve a sustainable Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in South-West Indian Ocean Countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania and Somalia. As part of this, the programme financed 63 local development projects, through two Calls for Proposals for the benefit of Non-State Actors (NSAs).
This manual sets out the steps followed and initiatives carried out by ReCoMaP-COI as part of the implementation of these two Calls for Proposal, between November 2007 and June 2011. It is a summary of the lessons learnt and main information to be drawn from this long and rich experience carried out for the first time in the South-West Indian Ocean region under the supervision of the COI . It is also a methodological guide based on actual cases, and aimed at any actor called to put in place and/or manage a similar process financed by the European Development Fund (EDF). However this manual is not meant to replace either the EDF procedures guides or the specific guidelines of each Call for Proposal. Instead it is intended to supplement them. In addition it is supplemented by fact sheets which aim to provide potential bidders with directions and instructions to help them better prepare and manage their projects.