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Individual Consultant – Technical Review (For Indian Nationals Only)
|Location :||New Delhi, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||02 months|
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), UN Environment, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity have launched the project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services”, a 3-year partnership project funded by the European Union. Partner countries in the project are India, Brazil, China, South Africa and Mexico.
Building on internationally agreed methodology (the System of Environmental – Economic Accounting, Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, in short SEEA EEA) and on the development of national competences, the project will initiate pilot testing of the SEEA EEA in partner countries to advance the knowledge agenda on natural capital accounting.
The project’s main objective in the partner countries is to mainstream natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services in data driven decision and policy making and is expected to influence policy-makers at national, regional and local level. In this context, the project will review policy demands, data availability and measurement practices, in order to advance and mainstream Natural Capital Accounting in India. It is expected that the following work streams will be carried out during the project implementation period:
To this end, UNSD and UN Environment are partnering with Central Statistical Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India. A national inception mission was held in October 2017 in New Delhi to launch the project. As a first step, a landscape assessment would be conducted to develop a work plan, given state of existing research on ecosystem accounting in India, and in line with priorities of CSO India.
Duties and Responsibilities
UN Environment is looking for a consultant to perform the following activities:
Activity 1: Review of existing ecosystem accounting initiatives and literature in India. This will include, but not be limited to, initiatives and research related to ecosystem services modeling in biophysical terms, ecosystem services valuation.
Activity 2: Stocktaking of data sources for compiling ecosystem accounts. This stocktaking exercise should cover i) traditional data sources (e.g. agriculture, environment and nature/biodiversity statistics), ii) maps (e.g. on land use/cover, hydrology, soil, digital elevation, roads and infrastructure etc.) as well as iii) the potential of remote sensing data sources (e.g. on characteristics such as land use/cover, carbon, precipitation, evapotranspiration, etc.) that may be useful for bio-physical modelling on ecosystem services. The results of this stock-taking should be presented by type of ecosystem service that could be informed (e.g. provisioning services of crops, non-timber forest resources, regulating services such as carbon sequestration and storage, coastal protection, water flow regulation, as well as cultural series such as recreation, amenity services, etc.). In addition, the list of data sources should also be organized by type of ecosystem account (e.g. extent account, condition account, ecosystem service supply account, biodiversity account, water account, carbon account) as distinguished in the Technical Recommendations in support of Ecosystem Accounting.
Activity 3: Identify and engage institutions and agencies active in this field, understand their policy goals, map their interest in the field of ecosystem accounting, and identify their respective contributions to the SEEA EEA India project. In cooperation with CSO India, meet with agencies and institutions active in this space. This may include, but not be limited to, the Ministry of Environment, GIZ India, ISRO, Dept. of Land Resources, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, and relevant universities/ academic institutions.
Activity 4: under the leadership of CSO India draft the National Plan for Advancing Environmental-Economic and Ecosystem Accounting broadly covering the objectives, main initiatives, stakeholders and priorities. Specifically
In collaboration with the responsible program officer, the deliverables of the consultant will be as follows:
1. Pursuant to Activity 1: Review of existing ecosystem accounting initiatives and literature in India, including biophysical assessments, and economic valuation of ecosystem services
a. Electronic submission of draft document providing a review of the above
2. Pursuant to Activity 2: Stocktaking of data sources for compiling ecosystem accounts
a. Electronic submission of draft document presenting an overview of available data sources, organized by ecosystem service and type of account
3. Pursuant to Activity 3: Identify and engage institutions and agencies active in this field, understand their policy goals, map their interest in the field of ecosystem accounting, and identify their respective contributions to the SEEA EEA India project.
a. Electronic submission of draft document presenting findings from meetings; names of people and institutions met; minutes of meetings; mapping of policy priorities, and possible avenues for their cooperation and contribution to SEEA EEA India project.
4. Deliverable 4. under the leadership of CSO India draft the National Plan for Advancing Environmental-Economic and Ecosystem Accounting broadly covering the objectives, main initiatives, stakeholders and priorities.
a. Electronic submission of final document including –
i. Comprehensive list of potential case studies that may be undertaken as part of SEEA EEA India
ii. Priority 2 -3 case studies for SEEA EEA India, taking into account factors such as data availability and policy relevance, and
clearly articulating the thematic and geographical scope of each of the case studies
iii. For each of these case studies, identify relevant stakeholders, partners, and data sources
iv. For each of these case studies, detail the policy questions being responded to by the compilation of ecosystem accounts, and
map the relevant government agencies and departments with these policy questions
v. For each of these case studies, identify the scope of ecosystem asset and flow accounts to be part of the physical and monetary
accounts for India
vi. Develop a work program to develop these accounts, including deliverables and timelines
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be submitted by Consultant:
Technical Criteria weight - 70%.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 42 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Criteria for Technical Evaluation:
The proposal shall include all costs as below;
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