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Expert-mammologist for the development of sections of the Scientific Background report and Feasibility Study for the creation of 5 new protected areas (PAs) and a program for onitoring the biodiversity of 5 pilot PAs.
|Location :||Nur-Sultan, KAZAKHSTAN|
|Application Deadline :||01-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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.
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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. The problem of preserving the landscape and species diversity of plants and animals on the planet is one of the priorities national and international tasks, on the solution of which the harmonious coexistence of man and nature and ecological stability on the planet depends. And the first, most important link in this complex and lengthy process is monitoring the state of the habitat and its individual components. Ensuring the necessary control over ongoing changes and timely prevention of undesirable or harmful processes for biodiversity is the main task of systemic monitoring of the environment and its components.
Monitoring is an effective tool for measuring the effectiveness of measures taken to conserve biodiversity and for identifying biological trends, both natural and anthropogenic. Environmental monitoring makes it possible to assess abiotic and biotic changes in the ecosystems of the project area. Correct assessment of the processes occurring within a particular population, clarification of the causative factors and the adoption of timely measures to prevent negative consequences is the main task of monitoring biodiversity in pilot PAs.
Within the framework of UNDP Projects, a stable basis for systematic monitoring of biodiversity in PAs has been created, an information system for monitoring biodiversity biodata.kz has been developed, which includes 7 existing PAs, it is planned to connect pilot PAs to this system by the end of the project. To include pilot PAs in the monitoring program, it is necessary to carry out comprehensive scientific research, with an assessment of the current state of ecosystems and globally significant species, as well as to determine the baseline level of populations of important species.
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 Almaty3 , East Kazakhstan4 and Turkestan5 regions, and development of the Biodiversity Monitoring Program for 5 pilot PAs. Within the framework of these works, measures are planned to create 3 reserves and 2 protected areas.
The involvement of an expert is provided for in the activities of the 1st component of the Project Work Plan for 2021.
CONTEXT OF "MUST-HAVE" SERVICES
a. Relevance and purpose of the required work in the context of the project
The relevance of the work lies in the need to expand the PAs network of Kazakhstan to include the range of snow leopards and other globally significant species, improve the management of high conservation value forests and introduce an effective monitoring system to conduct research on the quantitative and qualitative parameters of the state of ecosystems and the environment.
b. Related parties:
- The Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the MEGNR of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter referred to as the Committee), a state body and department within the competence of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, carrying out implementation, control and supervisory functions in the field of forestry, protection, reproduction and use of wildlife and protected areas;
- pilot protected areas of Kazakhstan (hereinafter - pilot PAs).
c. Features of the planned work and security risks:
- The implementation of the planned work involves analytical work at the location/residence of the expert and field trips to the East Kazakhstan, Almaty and Turkestan regions. The expert independently ensures his own safety during field trips to the project areas.
PURPOSE OF WORK:
1. Assessment of the state of theriofauna and biodiversity of the project areas and pilot PAs;
2. Development of a general part and a section on monitoring theriofauna in pilot PAs with recommendations.
3. Development of sections on the state of the animal world (theriofauna) of the Scientific Background report and Feasibility Study for the creation of new PAs;
Duties and Responsibilities
Cameral treatment and reporting:
During the term of the contract, the expert takes part (online) in seminars, discussions, meetings of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Committee, public hearings and other meetings on the creation of 5 new PAs.
For more detailed information please refer to TOR
Required Skills and Experience