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Solicitation: F17PS01161; Proposal due: 08/30/2017 1100 ET
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Short Documentary Film about Protecting Endangered Macaws from Trafficking in Honduras
Statement of Work
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS” or “we”) seeks a documentary filmmaker to make a short film about community efforts to protect endangered scarlet and green macaws from poaching and wildlife trafficking in the region of La Moskitia, Honduras.
Since 2010, USFWS partners in La Moskitia have worked with local indigenous communities to combat the trafficking and poaching of the country’s decreasing wild population of endangered scarlet and green macaws that are taken for sale in the pet trade. Fewer than 1500 scarlet macaws are left throughout Central America, and 500 are estimated to live in La Moskitia. A complex network of poachers, middlemen, and international traffickers that reside in the remote Moskitia region collude to poach virtually all accessible macaw chicks, threatening local extinction. Despite a national decree prohibiting the commercialization of wildlife in 1990, as well as declaring the scarlet macaw as the Honduran national bird in 1993, trafficking remains an enormous threat to the survival of the species in Honduras.
In April of 2016, the Honduran government granted land tenure for 1.4 million hectares of the region’s most important wildlands to 17,500 indigenous Miskito families. Working with the Honduran Park Service, an indigenous coalition, and other partners, USFWS partners launched community parrot patrols in two conservation areas in 2015. In 2016 not one scarlet macaw chick entered the wildlife trade in these core conservation areas. Now there is a goal to expand this core area, and educate and train more indigenous community members to help protect these critical macaw species and help stabilize the area and fortify indigenous stewardship of the lands. Telling this inspirational story of how dedicated local heroes are working with indigenous communities to combat wildlife trafficking, protect locally endangered macaws, and provide stability to their communities will serve as a valuable case study for why the USFWS supports work to combat wildlife trafficking at home and abroad.
Wildlife trafficking, while understood broadly as a global phenomenon by the conservation community and key influencers, has tended to also be reflected in most conversations through the lens of well-known megafauna species like African elephants and rhinoceros. Our goal is for this film to broaden the conversation by depicting a charismatic species that is threatened by trafficking and is also emblematic of the conservation challenge in Latin America and the Western Hemisphere. This project also exemplifies how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
International Affairs Program supports high-quality community-based conservation projects
that produce benefits for wildlife and people. Key audiences include top U.S. government
officials including Members of Congress, agency administration officials, foreign governments
and their wildlife management authorities, foundations who would fund similar projects, and
NGOs working to combat wildlife trafficking. Reaching a broader audience of American wildlife
enthusiasts and stakeholders is also desired to ensure their support.
3. WORK TO BE PERFORMED BY CONTRACTOR
The Contractor shall furnish the necessary personnel, services, and equipment to complete the
tasks outlined below in paragraph 6.
4. GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED MATERIALS/SERVICES
USFWS staff will be available for consultation throughout the project, and our in-country
partners will provide on-the-ground logistical support and knowledge to the contractor during
the period of scouting and filming, including interpretation and translation services while incountry.
Most of the people who will be interviewed for the film will speak either Spanish or
Miskito. Our partners will also make efforts to ensure the safety of filmmakers and provide
recommendations on filming locations, lodging, and travel arrangements. They also have the
expertise and climbing equipment available to climb trees to observe and film nests.
The USFWS and our partners will also review scripts and cuts and provide feedback and
suggestions on revisions prior to finalization of the film.
5. SUMMARY OF MILESTONE DUE DATES
Within 5 business days after award, the Contractor shall contact the USFWS’s Central America
Program Officer, International Affairs Program Outreach and Education Specialist, and agency’s
Multimedia Production Specialist (technical liaisons for the project) to discuss initial steps of
contract implementation. Regular progress and status reports, meeting schedules,
staff/contractor feedback, coordination of contract extension, if applicable, etc. will be
conducted in coordination with the technical liaisons.
Development of story board and shooting script (or equivalent) for film, proposed shot list,
interview questions, and planning of travel and filming logistics.
April – May 2018
Approximately 9 days of travel for filming during nesting season for macaws. We approximate 3
travel days (1.5 days each way) and 6 days for filming. Please see more on travel logistics in
A basic paper edit with updates from shooting script should be provided prior to development
of rough cut. Samples from potential narrators should also be provided at this time or at an
earlier juncture if it’s decided to use this storytelling approach.
Presentation of rough cut of the film to USFWS staff and Honduran partners. Feedback and
revisions will be provided.
Presentation of fine cut of the film to USFWS staff and Honduran partners. Feedback and
Final film and language-specific variations sent to USFWS staff and Honduran partners.
a. USFWS requirements:
accessibility. We also request that proposals include a quote for the development of an
additional final cut with open caption files.
Any additional footage or graphical elements not able to be shot or created by contractor
will have a usage release/purchase agreement for use in finished product by USFWS in
perpetuity throughout the universe, with rights maintained by original creator. In addition
to the finished video, all footage must be supplied to the USFWS digitally and on external
used in finished product by USFWS for use in perpetuity throughout the universe, with
original copyright retained by content creator.
award of contract.
applicable. USFWS local partners will be able to assist. Our understanding is that permits are
NOT necessary for filming, but we would like for contractor to confirm.
b. Other requirements:
would like for a drone to be deployed to acquire a broader range of appealing footage.
should also be in English. We also request that proposals include an estimate for the
development of an additional final cut to be narrated or understandable in Spanish.
translation of transcripts in the editing process. As mentioned previously, translation and
interpretation will be provided while filming in country by USFWS partners, but not during
should be included, as well as a description of contractor’s approach to development of
messaging and film content that will appeal to key audiences.
7. PROJECT COMPLETION/DELIVERY SCHEDULE
The Contractor shall fully implement the deliverables of the contract within the timeline
outlined in paragraph five. The anticipated time of filming is April – May 2018 and the
project completion date is September 30, 2018.
8. ADDRESS FOR DELIVERABLES
All deliverables shall be submitted by email to the technical liasons and / or to the following
addresses within the specified timeframes.
Office of Outreach & Communications
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
9. TRAVEL EXPENSES AND LOGISTICS
Travel expenses should be included in the proposal budget. Airfare, lodging, truck rental, and
equipment rentals and any necessary permits should be included.
Filmmakers should plan to fly into the capital city of Tegucigalpa and then fly the following
morning to Puerto Lempira. Our in-country partners recommend staying there one day, and
renting a high-quality truck and hiring a driver to transport the crew to the community of
Mabita, which is approximately four hours from Puerto Lempira. Other communities can be
reached for filming, but also require a drive. It will be highly encouraged for the awarded
contractor to secure rental of the truck in advance in coordination with our in-country partners,
and to also hire a vehicle driver. Electrical power for charging batteries and other equipment is
available intermittently in Puerto Lempira and via gas and solar powered generators in smaller
communities, but contractor should plan accordingly given the uncertainty of having reliable
sources of electricity.
10. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
The project period of performance is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018.
11. LOCATION OF WORK
The project will require filming in the remote region of La Moskitia, Honduras. All pre- and postproduction
locations are flexible, but contractor will be expected to meet regularly in person or
by phone of videoconference with USFWS technical liasons.
12. TECHNICAL LIAISONS
Program Officer, Central America Program
Outreach and Education Specialist, Office of Outreach & Communications
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