The BEST 2.0 Programme is a funding facility, supported by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) as part of the EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) flagship. It aims to promote the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as a basis for sustainable development in Europe's Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
BEST 2.0 organises calls for proposals in order to fund actions on the ground, both at the local and regional level, (please see the calendar at the top right of this page for the timing of the calls for proposals).
The projects supported by BEST 2.0 can target one or more of the EU OCTs. The BEST 2.0 grant can only be used to cover costs related to actions implemented in the OCTs.
Regional projects involving actions in the OCTs may also involve actions in EU Outermost Regions and/or independent neighboring countries, but these actions cannot be covered by the BEST 2.0 funds. In this case projects must have additional financing to cover the cost of actions implemented in EU Outermost Regions and/or independent neighboring countries.
Calls for Proposals for Small Grants (up to €100,000) and Medium Grants (up to €400,000) have been launched for 2015.