Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative

WHMSI              WHMSI              WHMSI



***The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to November 5th, 2012***

Participating Countries: OAS Member States

Context: All of the countries in the Western Hemisphere share a common biological, cultural and economic heritage — our migratory birds, whales, bats, sea turtles, and butterflies. As these species' ranges span international boundaries, conservation stakeholders throughout the Americas need to work closely together to ensure the protection and conservation of their myriad habitats and migratory routes. In this context, the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) was developed by wildlife agency directors and other senior officials of the Americas as a cooperative hemispheric non-binding mechanism to conserve shared migratory species.

Objective: To significantly enhance the conservation of shared migratory species throughout the Americas by strengthening institutional and human capacity, political commitment, international cooperation, and public-private partnerships at regional, national and local levels by building upon existing WHMSI and other migratory species efforts.

Description: Through the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the DSD will implement a small-grants program in OAS Member States. With the assistance from a technical review panel the DSD will select and fund proposals from NGOs, public and private entities of up to US$20,000 awarded on a competitive basis to support conservation efforts of marine migratory species and and habitats of greatest concern.

Who is Eligible to Apply: The Request for Proposals is open to organizations vested with legal personality in member states of the OAS including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, academic and scientific institutions.

How to Apply: Applicants interested in participating in the project must respond to the Request for Proposals no later than November 5th, 2012. Proposals should be addressed to Richard Huber ([email protected]) and Luisa Neira ([email protected]).

Priority Areas: The small grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and will support efforts under the following priority migratory species categories and habitats of greatest concern:


1. Small marine mammals


2. Sharks and Rays


3. Large Marine Mammals


4. Coral reefs and mangroves


5. Beaches (including nesting beaches)


For further information on this project please contact Richard Huber at [email protected].