The Project “Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustenance of Ecosystems Services in Environmentally Sensitive Areas” is a GEF funded project, implemented by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE) and supported by UNDP. The Project would contribute to safeguarding globally significant biodiversity on production lands of high interest for conservation. This project will greatly strengthen the country’s ability to safeguard biodiversity inside and outside protected areas in special Environmentally Sensitive areas, through a new land use governance framework. Project activities will provide a vehicle for safeguarding globally significant biodiversity on multiple-use lands of high conservation values.
The primary objective of this project is “To operationalize Environment Sensitive Areas (ESA) as a mechanism for mainstreaming biodiversity management into development in areas of high conservation significance“.
In order to achieve this objective, the project plans on achieving two major outcomes:
Outcome 1: National Enabling Framework strengthened to designate and manage Environmentally Sensitive areas (ESA);
Outcome 2: Biodiversity-friendly ESA management for long term integrity and resilience ensured at two sites in the Kala Oya Region.
Under the outcome 1 above, the Project proposes to improve national and sub-national capacities for inter-sectoral governance of ESAs to effectively conserve biodiversity. In order to achieve this, it will first facilitate the emplacement of an appropriate policy and legislative mechanisms to guide the identification, declaration, management and monitoring of ESAs that strongly integrates biodiversity conservation concerns.
Sri Lanka has developed, several cross sectoral policies for biodiversity conservation in line with the Constitutional directives. The country’s Constitution (1978), notes that ” the State shall protect, preserve and improve the environment for the benefit of the community”. Sri Lanka’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) has accorded high priority to protecting bioregions that are considered high priority for conservation. One of the important activity highlighted is to identify the biodiversity hotspots in the country outside protected areas and bring these under a relevant protected area category. Also, the National Physical Plan has, additionally identified a number of areas as environmentally sensitive areas.
UNDP seeks a national expert, who is knowledgeable and having experience in the sector to work with the International Expert under the overall guidance of the Bio Diversity Secretariat in Sri Lanka and Project Management Unit of the ESA project.
Scope and Objectives:
The consultancy is to review existing policies, strategies, actions and related institutional arrangements that are relevant to biodiversity conservation or environmental sensitive area management and assist developing a National Policy and Strategy for Conservation and Sustainable Management of ESAs and to develop a National ESA Scale up Plan.
The Policy will be developed under the National Environmental Act (NEA), and will also reference other relevant legislation and will complement existing policies and strategies – including climate change related and other environment related policies &strategies (forestry, wildlife conservation). The expert will support the assessment of existing policies and legal framework from all relevant sectors. As far as possible, ESA designation and management will be promoted as a unifying concept for possible use by different sectors (to cover areas that are relevant for biodiversity conservation as well as other ecological services such as soil and water conservation etc.). The policy and strategy will also clarify that the ESAs can be formed based on their importance and irrespective of their small sizes, if necessary.
This consultancy is a joint exercise of two experts, international and local. The two Experts will ensure that the policy and strategy is based on lessons from around the world and that there is a strong focus on conserving biodiversity of global importance. This assignment will build on the outcome of the new land use governance framework introduced in the Kala Oya region. The policy and the strategy will also outline steps for land use planning framework based on similar experiences and best practices from within Sri Lanka and globally. The Policy and Strategy will complement the updated NBSAP.
The two experts based on international experiences and Sri Lankan experiences, will recommend strategies to ensure that policy and strategies can be implemented effectively. This strategy development will be led by the Biodiversity Secretariat with inputs from experts. Its development will be guided by the inter-sectoral National ESA Committee. It will be developed in full consultation with national level stakeholders from different sectors (including representatives from local governments, NGOs and others) and the National Experts Committee on Biodiversity Conservation. The Policy will be reviewed and endorsed by the National ESA Steering Committee. It is expected that the process of the development of this Strategy will also strengthen cooperation and coordination among sectors. This policy will outline the institutional mechanisms for identifying, gazetting, management and monitoring of ESAs. Nationally relevant definition of ESAs will be developed, as well as the criteria for declaring ESAs.
This analysis is expected to clarify the roles, responsibilities and rights of different national and sub-national authorities and actors such as government agencies, local governments, communities, NGOs and the private sector. Roles of national level institutions in ESA identification and management at national and sub-national levels to promote landscape level management of biodiversity outside protected areas will be clarified – especially for cases when such ESAs fall within multiple Provinces and or Divisions. It will define ESA categorization typology for the country including different levels of protection and management prescriptions applicable to different categories of land use and establish clear monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following results are expected from the work of the consultant:
Required Skills and Experience
How to Apply
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR
All Inclusive Daily Fee: LKR
Amount in words: Rs.
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification by UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” financial proposal including his/her consultancy and professional fee, honorarium, any additional HR cost, field travel and accommodation, communication cost such as telephone/internet usage, printing cost, ad-hoc costs, stationery costs, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant.
For an Individual Contractor who is of 62 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. However, this is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
Payment of Services
The vendor shall receive payments in instalments from UNDP as follows:
Sri Lanka nationals: Environmental Policy and Law Expert
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