Regional Consultancy to support the application of integration and aggregation rules for monitoring and reporting of IMAP Pollution Cluster (Eutrophication)
Result of Service
The ultimate result of this assignment is that the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and the UNEP/MAP-MED POL are provided with the necessary scientific and technical support for applying adequate integration and aggregation rules for monitoring, assessment and reporting of IMAP national quality assured data related to IMAP Pollution Cluster (Eutrophication).
The contract will be for the period of twenty-two (22) working days spread over 11 months starting from the date of the last signature.
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. United Nation’s Environment Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This consultancy assignment is for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) – Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean (MED POL), Athens, Greece.
In line with the Decision IG.22/7 (COP19) on the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria and Decision IG.23/6 (COP20, 2017) on the 2017 Mediterranean Quality Status Report (QSR) recommending directions for the development of the 2023 Mediterranean Quality Status Report, IMAP is being implemented at regional and national levels. The most important results achieved during the 2018-2019 biennium include (i) elaboration of the methodological approaches to support mapping of the interrelations of drivers-pressures-impacts-state-responses (DPSIR) for the various ecosystem elements within integrated Good Environmental Status (GES) assessment. These methodologies are set for (i) further testing, addressing also the approaches to definition of the scales of assessment and related areas for aggregation; (ii) updated assessment criteria proposed for assessment of the contaminants in biota and sediment at sub-regional level; (iii) recommendations to guide further discussions on scales of monitoring; and (iv) preparation of national IMAP-based monitoring programmes that address spatial and temporal scope of scales of monitoring related to the respective IMAP Common Indicators per each Cluster of IMAP, namely Biodiversity, Pollution and Marine Litter, and Coast and Hydrography.
The Programme of Work (PoW) and Budget for the biennium 2020-2021, which was adopted in Decision IG.24/14 (COP21, 2019), mandated MED POL with the implementation of several activities related to IMAP implementation, namely:
1. Undertake actions defined in 2023 MED QSR road map related to IMAP Cluster on Pollution toward integrated assessment of GES;
2. Continue supporting the update of national monitoring programmes on marine litter, contaminants and eutrophication in line with IMAP, the Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) and the Regional Plan on Marine Litter;
3. Consolidate data dictionaries and data standards for all IMAP Common Indicators related to Pollution and apply data quality control schemes;
4. Undertake harmonized and coordinated quality assurance programmes (contaminants, marine litter and eutrophication) at regional/ sub-regional and national levels;
5. Harmonize and standardize the monitoring and assessment methods of pollution and marine litter in line with IMAP, including establishment of online working groups;
6. Update thematic assessment products related to pollution and marine litter cluster of IMAP, including prevailing industrial sectors and priority pollutants/sectors addressed by the Regional Plans; and sea-based sources of pollution;
7. Support countries in the implementation of IMAP with a particular focus on scale of assessment, offshore monitoring, integration of indicators towards GES and joint monitoring.
The Contracting Parties have established several Ecosystem Approach Correspondence Groups on Monitoring (CorMons) supported by online groups of experts as appropriate to guide the Secretariat’s work and further develop the implementation of IMAP. An important aspect of the work of the CorMons on Pollution and Marine Litter during the current biennium is related to the definition and application of common aggregated rules for monitoring and reporting of data for pollution cluster specifically nutrients. MED POL requires the services of a technical expert to deliver this assignment.
There is a need to recruit a regional consultant to provide scientific support to MED POL and CorMons including the respective online groups, if established, for the application of integration and aggregation rules for IMAP Pollution (Eutrophication) taking also into account the ongoing MED POL work on the scales of assessment and updated assessment criteria.
Under the direct supervision of the MED POL Programme Officer (Monitoring and Assessment) and overall guidance of the MED POL Programme Management Officer (Head of Unit), the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Prepare a detailed work-plan including timetable for activities/tasks to be undertaken and related deliverables.
2. Support transfer of knowledge pertinent for increased synergies between MSFD and IMAP by providing an analysis of the compatibility of monitoring programmes related to contaminants, marine litter and eutrophication of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention, Member States of the European Union, that are expected to be updated by 15 July 2020 in accordance with Article 17(2) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) with IMAP requirements related to Ecological Objectives 5, 9 and 10 including a new structure of national reports composed of the three sections i.e. metadata; monitoring strategies and monitoring programmes, as well as by considering the outcomes of MEDCIS and (ongoing) MEDREGION projects.
3. Propose integration and aggregation rules for monitoring, assessment and reporting of national data related to IMAP Pollution Cluster (Eutrophication). In doing so, the consultant should consider the deliverable related to task 2 and rules that will be proposed for contaminants and marine litter by another expert team member of MED POL, as well as the methodology and recommendations to support integration of three IMAP Clusters prepared by MED POL in 2019.
4. Prepare analysis of the assessment findings for marine waters related to contaminants, marine litter and eutrophication of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention that are Member States of the European Union that will be updated in accordance with Article 8 of MSFD being composed of i) analysis of essential features and characteristics, ii) analysis of the predominant pressures and impacts; iii) economic and social analysis of the use of these waters, taking also into account the outcomes of MEDCIS and (ongoing) MEDREGION projects.
5. Further to analysis prepared under task 4, propose the best available knowledge and practice at EU level to be considered by another expert team members of MED POL for preparation of the assessment criteria related to contaminants and nutrients.
6. Further to analysis prepared under task 4, propose the best available knowledge and practice at EU level to be considered by another expert team members of MED POL in the context of preparation of integrated GES thematic assessment methodologies for IMAP Ecological Objectives 5, 9 and 10 respectively preparation of 2023 Mediterranean Quality Status Assessment.
7. Provide technical support to meetings of CorMons and online Working Groups, if established, on issues covered by this
8. Provide technical inputs to MED POL for the preparation of meeting documents to UNEP/MAP - MED POL:
-the Meeting on the Integrated CorMon that will be held in November 2020,
-the Meeting of CorMon on Pollution Monitoring that will be held in March 2021.
9. Review the outcome of MED POL parallel work on scales of assessments related to IMAP Ecological Objective 5, including related GIS atlas, and provide substantive scientific thematic inputs from the integration and aggregation point of view covered by this assignment.
10. Prepare final report of deliverables for the consultancy with details on methodology for performance of tasks and activities to achieve the deliverables.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in marine science and /or environmental science is required.
• A minimum of 7 years of relevant scientific background and experience in monitoring and assessing phenomena related to eutrophication with a focus on implementation of the marine environment monitoring strategies, specifically with regards to application of the integration and aggregation approaches of relevance for integrated GES assessment and joint monitoring for Ecological Objective 5, is required.
• Experience with regards to monitoring and assessment of the impacts of eutrophication on the status of Mediterranean marine ecosystems, as well as monitoring and assessment in line with the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, is an asset.
• Good knowledge of achievements in the Mediterranean with regards to monitoring and assessment by the scientific community is an asset.
• Knowledge of the UNEP/MAP-MED POL and IMAP is an asset.
• Fluency in English is required. Excellent writing skills are required.
• Knowledge of French is an asset.
Legislative authority reference:
• Decision IG.22/1 (COP19, 2016) on UNEP/MAP Mid-Term Strategy 2016-2021;
• Decision IG 22/7 (COP19, 2016) on the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme
of the Mediterranean Sea and Coast and Related Assessment Criteria;
• Decision IG.23/6 (COP20, 2017) on 2017 Mediterranean Quality Status Report;
• Decision IG.24/4 (COP21, 2019) on Assessment Studies;
• Decision IG 24/14 (COP 21, 2019) on the UNEP MAP Programme of Work (PoW) for 2020-