Sri Lanka has already developed, several cross sectoral and 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. Its revised addendum (2007), has emphasized several biodiversity mainstreaming activities. One of the important activity highlighted is to identify 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 several areas as environmentally sensitive areas.
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.
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 the two major outcomes; National Enabling Framework Strengthened to Designate and Manage Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) and Biodiversity-friendly
ESA management for long term integrity and resilience ensured at two sites in the Kala Oya Region.
Under the outcome: National Enabling Framework Strengthened to Designate and Manage Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA), the Project proposes to improve national and sub-national capacities for inter-sectoral governance of ESAs to effectively conserve biodiversity. To achieve this, it is expected to 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.
For this assignment UNDP seeks an international expert, who is knowledgeable and having experience in the sector to work with the local expert under the guidance of the Bio Diversity Secretariat in Sri Lanka.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.
Scope and Objectives
The consultancy is to develop a National Policy and Strategy for Conservation and Sustainable Management of ESAs and to develop a National ESA Scale up Plan by reviewing the existing policies, strategies, actions and related institutional arrangements that are relevant to biodiversity conservation or environmental sensitive area management and provide inputs on best practical examples from around the globe on legal and policy mechanisms on mainstreaming biodiversity.
The Policy will be developed under the aegis of 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 strategies (forestry, wildlife conservation). The expert will have to conduct an 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.
ESAs are declared under provisions in environment laws of the countries. In Sri Lanka there are provisions in the National Environmental Act, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act and Coast Conservation Act for declaration of special areas for environment protection outside protected areas. Several environment protection areas have been already declared under the provision of National Environment act (amendment) No. 56 of 1988 not as ESA but as environment protection (EP) areas. Once declared as EP areas, regulations for special management can also be declared to carry out to mainstream BD within the area.
This assignment will build on the outcome of the new land use governance framework introduced in the KalaOya 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 and its development will be led by the National Biodiversity Secretariat.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following results are expected from the work of the consultant;
The envisaged time frame of the consultancy is a total of 20 person days starting June 15th , 2017 and ending in October 15th , 2017, 08 days home based, 12 days in Sri Lanka.
Required Skills and Experience
How to Apply
The application should contain;
Please provide a breakdown of the all-inclusive cost as per schedule below
All-inclusive lumpsum fee – USD
Air fare to and from Colombo, Sri Lanka – USD
(not higher than the economy class via shortest possible route)
Amount in words: USD
The costs for project related travelling within Sri Lanka, organizing and logistics of conducting training events, workshops and the seminar, making copies of the course material to be distributed among participants are borne by the implementing agency. Therefore, those costs should not be included in the above budget.
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 the 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 (as required) such as translators and field assistants, communication cost such as telephone/internet usage, printing cost, ad-hoc costs, stationery costs. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. While in Sri Lanka, any travel outside of the duty station will be with prior approval of the Assistant Country Director.
For an Individual Contractor who is of 62 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for 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. Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
The UNDP will provide and cover the following costs;
Payment for Services
The vendor shall receive payments in instalments from UNDP as follows;