Strengthening Natural Resources Safeguards for Large-Scale Linear Infrastructure in Asia
United States - Agency for International Development
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Closing Date : August 06 2021, Friday


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the “Strengthening Natural Resources Safeguards for Large-Scale Linear Infrastructure in Asia (SNRS)” program.

The Asia region is home to some of the world’s most abundant biodiversity and is rich in natural resources like energy, water, and forests–which are all vital for countries’ long-term growth. Yet, high demand for these finite resources without strong safeguards in place is leading to irresponsible infrastructure development and reckless extraction.

USAID/Asia is currently implementing a Linear Infrastructure Safeguards in Asia (LISA) activity to conduct assessments of the region’s linear infrastructure (LI) engineering capacities (local engineering and construction firms).


The overall goal of SNRS is to enhance development and implementation of safeguards that will ameliorate adverse natural resource impacts from rapidly expanding linear infrastructure development in Asia. The focus will be on transportation- and energy-related infrastructure. Effective, widespread adoption of high-quality LI safeguards is needed to conserve nature, enhance human well-being, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the overcutting of trees, and provide for healthy ecosystems for adaptation and resilience to climate change and to safeguard the future.


The development objectives for SNRS are the following:

  • Government legal frameworks for natural resource management and LI safeguards strengthened.
  • Government implementation and enforcement of environmental compliance requirements improved.
  • Effectiveness of environmental safeguards for private-sector and IFI LI projects increased.

Funding Information

USAID intends to award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide $6,037,311 in total USAID funding over a four (4) – years year period.

Target Beneficiaries

Target beneficiaries will be private and public sector proponents of large infrastructure projects wishing to comply with environmental and natural resource requirements and the governmental institutions responsible for enforcing compliance with safeguards

Geographic Focus

The geographic focus is countries in Asia. Activities related to SNRS have been initiated (by LISA) in Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, Nepal, and Thailand. However, the SNRS activity is not required to choose these, but should develop criteria for narrowing the geographic scope (from all of Asia) should be presented in the application or in the subsequent annual work plan. Narrowing the geographic scope might entail review of key infrastructure projects and their locales. Also, much LI in Asia is transboundary. Moreover, the LISA capacity building assessments in Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, Nepal and Thailand will likely help inform the follow-up trainings needed in these countries.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility for this RFA is not restricted. USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for federal financial assistance on the same basis as any other organization and are subject to the protections and requirements of Federal law.

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