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Two National Experts on revision/update of Red List of Flora and Wild Fauna
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||30-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 days each over 6 month period|
This project is designed to strengthen capacities for environmental monitoring and information management in Albania by establishing an operational environmental information management and monitoring system (EIMMS) with a focus on the MEAs of biodiversity, climate change and land degradation. The project will address the need for an environmental monitoring system that is integrated throughout relevant government institutions and that uses international monitoring standards for indicator development, data collection, analysis, and policy-making. It will also build on existing technical and institutional capacity in Albania to align its management and monitoring efforts with global monitoring and reporting priorities. Increased capacity in this area will improve reporting to the Rio Conventions and lay the groundwork for sustainable development through better-informed environmental policy.
The project specifically targets environmental indicator monitoring, data collection and processing and its alignment with the SDGs.
IUCN Red list of threatened species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.
The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, and as a critical mean to protect the natural resources. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.
This purpose includes “the traditional role” of Red list in identifying the special threatened species. The IUCN Red List role is crucial not only for helping to identify priority species needing targeted recovery efforts, but also for focusing the conservation agenda by identifying the key sites and habitats that need to be protected.
The national red list of Albania aims at:
• Laying the foundation of monitoring the change in species status;
• Provision of a global context to define protection priorities at local level;
• Continuous monitoring of the status of listed species (as biodiversity indicator), by including all country main ecosystems.
Duties and Responsibilities
The whole process of assessment, its development, revision and eventual publication of the Red List should go through the following stages:
-Actual process of Red list assessment
-All assessments published in the existing Red list are added, saved and managed by IUCN SIS database (Species Information System).
-The assessors outside SSC network which have no account as SIS users should contact the IUCN Red list unit to agree on a proper format to be used while carrying out the assessments.
• Before beginning an assessment, ensure that the taxons being assessed follows the taxonomic standards used in the IUCN Red List.
All assessments must be based on data that are currently available for the taxon across the entire Albanian range. Assessors must take full account of past and present literature and other reliable sources of information relating to the taxon. Although every effort is usually made to consult and include all available and relevant reference materials, it is of course possible that assessors may have missed or have been unaware of the availability of some relevant information. The RLU will put you in contact with the relevant people responsible for the assessment or will pass to them any information that you provide
All assessments must also include supporting information, as described in the Supporting Information Guidelines. In general, this includes text summarizing why the taxon is listed in a particular category; completion of the standard Classification Schemes describing habitats, threats, etc.; and the provision of a distribution map.
The steps/approach of achieving the results will inevitably vary between groups, but may include:
The tasks listed above will help:
(a) to identify new information to update assessments for threatened and near threatened species; (b) to identify new information or data suggesting that a Least Concern or Data Deficient species may warrant reclassification.
Before they are submitted, all assessments must be checked to ensure:
30 June 2019- 30 % - Initial report with the general assessment of the present status of Red List flora and fauna
30 August 2019- 30%- Submissions with flora and fauna species to be added in the Albania Red List
30 November 2019- 40%- Final submission of the new flora and fauna species to be added in Albania Red list
Required Skills and Experience
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.