IORA-GIZ Research Study on “COVID-19 and Climate Change: Prospects for a “Green” Recovery in the Indian Ocean Region [Tender Document]

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Since February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the whole world, and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is not exempted. The extent of impact however is different amongst countries and actors in the IORA region. So far little is known and documented on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the IOR not only with respect to health issues and mortality, or the economy of different Member States, but also with respect to the environment and climatic trends. It is important to examine the measures that various countries, especially the IORA Member States1, have taken to ensure that the economic recovery does not just follow a business-as-usual scenario, but also allows for a better rebuild or a “green” recovery.

In this context the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) based on their existing MOU, are pleased to announce a scheme for commissioning a comprehensive academic research study on the relationship between COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, including prospects for a “Green” Recovery with a focus on the maritime and coastal space in the Indian Ocean Region, to a consortium of universities from IORA Member States, in cooperation with a university from an IORA Dialogue Partner country.

To undertake the study IORA-GIZ invites Research Project applications from a consortium of universities from IORA Member States, in cooperation with a university from a Dialogue Partner country. 

The last date for receipt of the research project applications is 30th April 2022.


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Miyuki Subasinghe
Assistant Director (International Relations)
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