The GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit in Seychelles is implementing an Adaptation Fund project Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in Seychelles (EBA project).
The project seeks to reduce the vulnerability of the Seychelles to climate change, focusing on two key issues of water scarcity and flooding. The project will reduce these vulnerabilities by spearheading ecosystem-based adaptation as climate change risk management—restoring ecosystem functionality, and enhancing ecosystem resilience and sustaining watershed and coastal processes in order to secure critical water provisioning and flood attenuation ecosystem services from watersheds and coastal areas.
The project will be implemented in four river catchments on Mahe and will seek to improve catchment function by rehabilitation of native forest by managing and reducing introduced trees alongside a series of measures to improve river function.
This proposed project will implement an EbA approach to enhance ecosystems’ resilience in water catchment areas of Mahé and Praslin in order to maximize the supply of water resources, and reduce climate change induced water scarcity. A new approach will be introduced by the project – better utilizing and sustaining the natural ecosystem functions to enhance water quantity and quality, and to re-orient the water supply planning to include the catchment areas above the water intake sites. Watersheds will be evaluated on their water provisioning potential and a range of rehabilitation and other ecosystem enhancing interventions will be implemented at sites that show the highest potential for water provision. This will include rehabilitation of upland wetlands and forests to enhance water-soil infiltration and water storage capacities.
Ecosystem based adaptation involves the management and rehabilitation of ecosystems through selected measures intended to increase the resilience to climate change, which includes increased biological measures (forest and wetland rehabilitation) to filter and trap runoff and sediments, increase rainfall infiltration and reduce forest fire risks within the catchment areas, re-vegetation and protection of shorelines from storm and human damages, enhanced flood control management of tidal wetlands to improve hydro-ecological processes, renovated and increased water detention structures to reduce runoff rates and enhance water balance, and enhanced awareness, policy and institutional development for both watershed and coastal stewardship of ecosystems.
Mare aux Cochons Ramsar Site
The site lies within the Morne Seychellois National Park, an area of outstanding endemism and rare ecological communities. The park’s most critical ecological community is the mist forest at higher altitudes. However, critical communities include a number of other important habitats including intermediate altitude forest, riverine forest, open water pools, marshes and rivers, and all of these are priorities for conservation. The Ramsar site is a high-altitude wetland, which is an extremely rare vegetation type. It has one critically endangered species, at least seven that are vulnerable, and seven species that are classed as lower risk – near threatened. All are endemic. The main threat to the wetland site is invasive plant species, but introduced animal taxa may also have a negative effect. The original ecological communities of this wetland are not recorded.
Duties and Responsibilities
The specific duties of the consultant will be:
Required Skills and Experience
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