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‘Green’ new businesses can expect govt help in Samoa

Participants of the first workshop at Vailima earlier this week from the villages of Afiamalu, Letava, Tiapapata, Vaoala, Vailima & Avele
Source: Samoa Govt. Press Secretariat

Apia, SAMOA — Hydroponic farming, recycling, organic catering, agro-forestry, eco tours and landscaping.  These are some of the ‘green’ ideas that can potentially be converted into business ventures for households, community-based organizations, non-government organizations and existing businesses that are located within the Vaisigano River Catchment Area (VRCA) in Samoa.

These new businesses will be funded under the Ecosystem-based Adaptation Enterprise Development Programme (EbAEDP), an activity under the Green Climate Fund Vaisigano Catchment Project (GCF-VCP).

The Call for Proposals for EbAED aims at improving income generation and livelihoods of the targeted communities of the VRCA at the household level, as well as upgrading existing enterprise development activities without increasing the impact on the natural environment.

A series of awareness workshops regarding the Call were carried out this past week at different locations for the 31 eligible villages

A separate workshop will be held on 23rd April at the SSAB Megastore conference room for NGOs and the Private Sector within the VRCA.

Villages are encouraged to develop several business proposals, from the household level to businesses and NGOs, providing a diverse range of income generating activities and land uses. No cash grants are given under the programme but rather the procurement of goods and services to facilitate the establishment of the business activities that are directly relevant and meet the EbAED criteria.

Application forms for the Call for Proposals will be made available on April 23rd from the CSSP main office at the Ground Floor, SNPF Building, Apia.