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Consultant for the promotion of the expansion of the PAs Network in Almaty regions
|Application Deadline :||11-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||14 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||14 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The total forest area in Kazakhstan is about 12.6 million hectares, which makes it one of the richest in forest countries in Eurasia, despite the low level of forest cover, which is only 4.6%. Approximately 95% of the forests (wooded areas) in Kazakhstan are managed by 123 forestry administrations, which are controlled by regional governments (akimats). There are three main types of forest ecosystems in Kazakhstan: alpine mountain forests, tugai (southern coastal) forests and saxaul landscapes (desert and semi-desert shrubs).
Since 2018, the GEF-UNDP project "Conservation and sustainable management of key globally significant ecosystems for obtaining various benefits" (hereinafter referred to as the project) has been implemented on the territory of the republic. The project strategy is to holistically address the conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in Kazakhstan, through management approaches including both protected areas and sustainable use of associated HCVF landscapes (maps of the project areas are presented in Appendices 4, 5, 6 to the Terms of Reference).
To protect its globally significant biodiversity, Kazakhstan has established a system of protected areas covering 22,121,641 ha (8.1% of the total area of country). At the moment, PA system coverage include only 4.89% of forested areas. Some of the ecosystems which have globally important species remain outside the PA system notably the unique riparian (tugai) forest and floodplain ecosystems (have 0% representation country-wide), which support a number of endemic and threatened species, large stands of valuable coniferous forests in Altai region, representing an important CO2 pools, and saxaul forests playing critical role in supporting wealth of local communities in a drylands zone. The current estate does not fully cover the habitat of the snow leopard population groups.
Only 30-35% of its range in Kazakhstan is protected within the PA network, which bars effective protection from de-gazettement and poaching. Huge areas that provide a natural bridge and genetic interactions between the Tien Shan, Zhungar and Altai population groups of snow leopard stay outside of the existing protected areas network.
In 2020, work began to expand the territory of the Kolsai Kolderi National Park and the Zhongar-Alatau National Park, within the framework of research work, valuable areas were identified, including the snow leopard area and forests of high conservation value. At the moment, work has been completed on the coordination of scientific justification projects with the authorized body, the development of projects of feasibility studies for expanding the territory of parks has begun.
According to the project document and work plan of the Project for 2021-2022 it is planned to create new PAs covering globally significant ecosystems, high conservation value forests and snow leopard habitat in the project areas of Almaty and East Kazakhstan regions. Within the framework of these works, measures are planned to create 3 reserves and 2 protected areas.
The Almaty region is one of the most densely populated areas of the country; most of the local population works in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry. The location in proximity to the PAS of settlements leads to many factors of poaching, forest fires and other violations of environmental legislation. It is necessary to involve a consultant to regulate the issues of defining the boundaries of the expanded PAs plots, carry out explanatory work among stakeholders, assist in the coordination of land management projects and other documents.
The involvement of a consultant is provided for in the activities of the 1st component of the Project Work Plan for 2021.
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