Expert on regional seas programme for policy making
Result of Service
To develop a summary for policy makers document that will be based on the above noted report to be used for communication of the conclusions and recommendations of the report.
The summary for policy makers should include graphics, pictures and diagrams to communicate the content of the report in a more visual manner. The text will be prepared in the manner the document can be easily understood by policy makers, particularly delegates at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment." 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. UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This consultancy post is in UN Environment Programme at the Ecosystems Division in Marine and Coastal Unit and reports to the Chief of the Unit.
Background: Based on the resolutions at the last Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Parties decided to move towards development of the post 2020 Biodiversity Framework. Regional Consultative workshops are being organized for this purpose. Under the Open-ended Working group established under the Convention, discussion is underway on the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, including targets, goals, implementation support and monitoring. The zero draft of the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was submitted to the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (24-29 February 2020).
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which coordinates 18 regional seas programmes, recognizes that, under the Regional Seas programmes, their member States are making progress in the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity. UNEP believes that a regional seas scale is the appropriate ecosystem scale to make assessment of ecosystem status and functions and to jointly manage, among the littoral countries, the shared ecosystem resources and services for benefits of involved stakeholders. Furthermore, for the 18 Regional Seas programmes, the governance mechanisms (institutional, legal/policy and financial frameworks) have been established. Under the regional seas programmes, many regions already included biodiversity related regional objectives and targets and there have been coordinated national action to achieve them. These regional objectives and targets are closely linked, and in many regions aligned, with the global targets and goals such as the Biodiversity Strategy: 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets relevant to marine and coastal biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goal 14.
In response to the United Nations Environment Assembly resolution 2/10 on Oceans and Seas, UNEP developed a new Marine and Coastal Strategy for 2021-2030. Within this strategy, the regional seas programmes are recognized as a mechanism to advance global marine environmental agenda and implement global norms and action.
UNEP recognizes that the regional seas programmes contributed to harmonized and ecosystem-based action to achieve marine biodiversity related objectives. At the global level under the Convention on Biological Diversity, Parties made effort to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets relevant to marine and coastal biodiversity and reported their effort in the national level reporting, which is the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. UNEP carried out a quick review of the CBD national reporting and found that the well-coordinated national effort under the regional seas programmes have not been represented in them even though some regional seas programmes aligned their action with the CBD related objectives and targets. There is a gap in defining clearly the role of the regional seas programmes in consolidating, supporting and harmonizing their member States’ national efforts and in using them as the vehicle for reporting and follow-up of global objectives and targets.
The actual levels of different regional seas programmes in achieving marine biodiversity related targets and objectives were not established or communicated within and under the CBD. Possible input of the regional seas programmes into the current discussion of the post 2020 Biodiversity Framework and potential future role of the regional seas programmes in coordination, follow-up and review of the post 2020 Biodiversity Framework has not been well identified or considered. A consultant was recruited to write a report on this subject and the final draft should be submitted to UNEP by the end of November 2020.
The objective of this consultancy is to develop a summary for policy makers document that will be based on the above noted report to be used for communication of the conclusions and recommendations of the report. The summary for policy makers should include graphics, pictures and diagrams to communicate the content of the report in a more visual manner. The text will be prepared in the manner the document can be easily understood by policy makers, particularly delegates at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The tasks of the consultant are:
1. Based on the final report of the regional seas monitoring and implementation of the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, prepare a text of a summary for policy makers.
2. Prepare and include graphics, pictures and diagrams to illustrate the content of the report;
3. Prepare boxes using the case studies;
4. Carry out technical and copy editing of the draft summary report;
5. Incorporate UNEP, EC, SBD and UNEP publication board comments;
6. Format the document for publication; and
7. Prepare and submit a camera-ready copy to UNEP.
Academic Qualifications: Graduate degree in the field of marine sciences, environmental sciences, ocean policy studies, physical, geo-chemical or biological oceanography.
Experience: At least 10 years of professional experiences in writing documents and reports on marine environmental issues, particularly regional ocean cooperation.
At least three years of experiences in writing reports related to regional or ocean governance framework. Demonstrated capacity to write and edit UN documents in English.
Language: Fluent spoken and written English language