Development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation plans with climate change adaptation options for Mekong wetlands
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) (CONSULTANCY SERVICES)
Development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation plans with climate change adaptation options for three Mekong WET focal sites of Phu My Grassland Nature Reserve, Lang Sen Nature Reserve, and U Minh Thuong National Park, based on the results of the previously completed Vulnerability Assessments.
Duration of contract: 1 Nov 2019 – 31 Aug 2020
Last date for EOI: 18 October 2019
Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the “Mekong WET: Building Resilience of Wetlands in the Lower Mekong Region” project aims to build climate resilience by harnessing the benefits of wetlands in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
Mekong WET will help the four countries to address their commitments to the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Through its focus on wetland ecosystems, the project also supports governments in implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) under the Convention on Biological Diversity and pursuing their commitments on climate change adaptation and mitigation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Three of the Mekong WET focal sites are located in Vietnam. They are: Phu My Grassland Nature Reserve; Lang Sen Nature Reserve; and U Minh Thuong National Park. This agreement will focus on the preparation of adaptation plans for the three Vietnamese sites and the development of a management plan with Ecosystem-based adaptation options for Phu My. The purpose of the adaptation plans is to provide management suggestions and activities to minimize the sites’ vulnerabilities to climate change, as identified in the vulnerability assessments.
- Develop an Ecosystem-based Adaptation plan for each site (and a management plan with elements of Ecosystem-based adaptation for Phu My), based on VA results and community and site management consultations;
The contractor will work with community members and site managers to prioritize adaptation activities and develop adaptation plans for the three focal sites of Phu My Grassland Nature Reserve, Lang Sen Nature Reserve, and U Minh Thuong National Park, based on the results of the previously completed Vulnerability Assessments.
To achieve consistent outcomes across the region, the contractor will follow the suggested adaptation planning methodology developed by the project, and deliver an adaptation plan for each site detailing key adaptation measures and strategies for site managers to implement based on each site’s habitats, species biodiversity, and community needs. In the case of Phu My, which does not yet have a management plan, a full management plan will be developed, integrating Ecosystem-based Adaptation options.
The activities under this contract are organized into the following steps:
- Review the results of the Vulnerability Assessments and RMETTs that have been conducted for each site with site managers and local communities.
- Using the suggested methodology, combined with the results of the RMETT:
- Hold visioning workshops with local site managers and communities to understand their future goals for each site
- Develop a long-list of adaptation options;
- Prioritise the adaptation options;
- Conduct a cost effectiveness analysis for each prioritised option
- Draft the Adaptation Plan in the form of an advisory report for the three sites including a list of actionable priority adaptation options
- Develop brief one-page descriptions for between three to five priority adaptation measures for each site so that a public call for proposals can be made and funded by small-grants from the project
- Hold validation workshops with local stakeholders to adjust the options/measures according to feedback.
- For the Phu My site, a formal Management Plan will be developed (e.g. log frame, workplan), utilising the suggested format in Annex 5. The Management Plan will also incorporate Ecosystem-based Adaptation options.
- Finalise the adaptation plans and the management plan based on the feedback received.
- Draft adaptation plans, including brief, one-page concept notes and budgets for between three and five priority adaptation measures for each site, focusing on ecosystem-based adaptation measures. Due 28 February 2019
- Draft management plan for Phu My. Due 31 May 2020
- Final adaptation plans for the three sites and a management plan for Phu My, validated by communities and site managers. Due 30 July 2020.
Desired experience and qualifications:
The consultancy is open to both individuals and institutions. Preference will be given to individuals/institutions with experience working in Viet Nam, particularly those with demonstrated experience in wetland management, community engagement, migratory species and other aspects linked to climate change adaptation.
Send the expression of interest to following:
To: Mr. Raphael Glemet, Senior Programme Officer, Water and Wetlands, IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok
cc: Ms. Kathryn Bimson, Programme Officer, Water and Wetlands, IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok