National Terminal Evaluation Consultant (Myanmar National Only)

Location : Yangon with travel to Kachin, Sagaing and Naypyitaw, MYANMAR
Application Deadline :25-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days


Myanmar is the largest country in mainland South-East Asia, with significant forest, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems. Because of its very wide variation in latitude, altitude and climate, and location at the convergence of four major floristic regions, Myanmar supports a high diversity of habitats, and is extremely rich in plant species. Available information on species diversity and endemism indicates that Myanmar supports extraordinary plant and vertebrate diversity. However, detailed baseline data are still lacking for many taxonomic groups, and new species for science are still being regularly discovered. Since the late 1990s, destruction and degradation of Myanmar’s natural habitat has increased, primarily due to logging and agricultural conversion as the country increasingly engaged with the outside world for economic development.

These pressures are likely to increase dramatically following recent political changes that facilitate foreign investment and trade. The long-term vision of the project is for Myanmar to have a robust, representative and effectively managed terrestrial protected area system, which is effectively integrated into broader landscape-level land use planning. This project aims to secure important biodiversity areas to be included in the expanded Protected Area (PA) system and to strengthen the overall system while at the same time raising the profile of protected areas within the national and state level development planning context. Its objective is to strengthen the terrestrial system of national protected areas for biodiversity conservation through enhanced representation, management effectiveness, monitoring, enforcement and financing.

To achieve the project objective and based on a barrier analysis which identified: i) the problem being addressed by the project; ii) its root causes; and iii) the barriers that need to be overcome to address the problem and its root causes. These are to be secured through two project components:

  • Component 1: Systemic, institutional and financial framework for PA expansion and management

This component addresses the first barrier: the weak systematic and institutional capacity to plan and manage the expanded national protected area system through a range of inputs aimed to: strengthen national and regional policy and planning frameworks in relation to PA; build central capacity for PA system management; expand the PA system coverage to10% of the national land area; develop a systematic approach for sustainable financing of the expanded PA system; and integrate PA values into regional and local development for sub-national government units associated with demonstration PAs.

  • Component 2: Strengthened management and threat reduction in the target PAs and buffer zones

Component 2 addresses the second barrier: the insufficient management capacity and motivation at the PA level to manage local threats and achieve conservation outcomes. This component focuses on strengthening management effectiveness, financial sustainability, community engagement, monitoring and planning to address external threats at the four selected demonstration PAs.

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