The Republic of Maldives is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its low-lying geography that makes it susceptible to flooding and inundation, and its dependence on economic activities that are sensitive to climate change, such as fishing and tourism. It is also highly dependent on imported fossil fuels for its energy supply and this represents a major source of greenhouse gas emissions for the country. Consequently, the Maldives has made significant commitments to the pursuit of a low emission climate resilient development agenda. However, ongoing decentralization reforms, fiscal crisis and low capacity at the sub-national level, mean that local planning is not reflective of national level commitments.
The 3-year, US$9.2 million United Nations (UN) Joint Programme, “Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” (LECReD) funded by the Government of Denmark, responds to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Outcome 9: “Enhanced capacities at national and local levels to support low carbon life-styles, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction” and builds on the comparative strengths of United Nations Organizations including UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, WHO and FAO. The programme is innovative and represents a pioneering initiative of bringing together the wealth of diverse development-oriented expertise from these United Nations Organizations (UNOs) with equally diverse national and local partners to address this multi-faceted development challenge.
The programme is assisting the Laamu Atoll and its islands to realize low emission and climate resilient development (LECReD). The programme seeks to mainstream LECReD issues into local level development planning and service delivery for greater community-level ownership and sustainability of programme benefits. Towards this objective, the programme is supporting local councils, civil society, private sector and other local stakeholders to establish platforms for stronger partnerships, improved coordination, and enhanced participation in local planning for LECReD; strengthen data and knowledge systems for LECReD; improve local level LECReD development planning and management of service delivery; and through a learning-by-doing approach establish early lessons and build demand for LECReD planning and management for replication and scaling-up.
The aim is that the local development plans (at atoll and individual island levels) will evolve from stand-alone action plans into more strategic and evidence-based instruments, which are climate smart and able to mobilize public and private investment. This programme will be closely linked to the existing national development planning cycle and will build capacity of local and national partners engaged in these local processes. The rationale being that lessons learned will be used to inform replication throughout the country and directly support the national agenda.
In pursuit of the core objective, the programme will achieve the following outputs:
As part of Output 2, Activity 2.1.6 and Activity 2.2.8 will identify and review existing Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments along with other vulnerability related assessments and reports developed under LECReD, as well as review all available data, relevant guidelines and associated methodologies and tools for risk and vulnerability assessments covering environment, climate change and disasters. If it is found that existing guidelines are not considered suitable for Laamu Atoll, then adapted simple local level guidelines including associated methodologies and tools will be prepared. Furthermore, training materials on the use of the guidelines will be prepared and training of relevant stakeholders in Laamu Atoll to be undertaken. Finally, risk and vulnerability maps will be produced for selected islands of Laamu Atoll covering the areas of environment, climate change and disasters, based on the findings of this assignment.
The objectives of the assignment are:
Duties and Responsibilities
The scope of work for the consultancy will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following key activities:
At the end of the assignment, the Contractor will deliver the following:
Duration of Work
Required Skills and Experience