TERMS OF REFERENCE (Individual Contractor Agreement) Title:
Consultant - deliver the regional fishery ecosystem based TDA for the CLME region
CLME / 00061655
1. General Background The Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem and Adjacent Regions (CLME) Project is a 4 year Global Environment Fund (GEF) intervention. The Project partners include 23 GEF countries, 2 associate countries and 11 organizations. The Project Document was approved by GEF on 11 April 2008. The Project implementing agency is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with IOC of UNESCO and the executing agency is the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The project is administered from a small Project Coordination Unit (PCU) located in the offices of IOCARIBE, IOC of UNESCO, in Cartagena, Colombia. The CLME Project will assist Caribbean countries to improve the management of their shared living marine resources, most of which are considered to be fully or over exploited, through an ecosystem level approach. In order to do so, and following the GEF methodology for the IW Focal Area, the project will prepare a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) 1 followed by a Strategic Programme of Action (SAP). The initial TDA for the CLME Region developed during the preparatory phase, identified and analysed the priority transboundary problems in three sub-regions (Insular Caribbean, Central/South America and Guianas/Brazil). The analysis included a preliminary causal chain analysis and identification of underlying and root causes as well as a first identification of the information gaps. The three priority transboundary problems that affect the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) are: unsustainable exploitation of fish and other living resources, habitat degradation and community modification, and pollution. During the project, the TDA will be revised and updated, to serve as the basis for development of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) with a shared vision for the CLME, and agreed priority interventions, reforms and investments. As part of the SAP, the Project will promote the creation of a management and governance framework, based on linked policy cycles at multiple levels. This way the CLME Project will facilitate the strengthening of fishery governance in the Caribbean at the regional, sub-regional and national levels by working with existing structures, strengthening horizontal and vertical linkages both politically and technically. 2. Justification During the CLME Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Programme (SAP) Training Workshop held in Cartagena, 25-30 January 2010 the focus of the subregional TDAs was revised. The PDF-B phase developed preliminary TDAs with a geographic focus and after extensive technical discussions; the members of the TDA Technical Task Team (TTT) and the Stakeholder Advisory Group
1 A TDA is an objective, non-negotiated assessment using best available verified scientific information to examine the state of the environment and the root causes for its degradation. The analysis is carried out in a cross sectoral manner, focusing on transboundary issues without ignoring national concerns and priorities. It provides the factual basis for the formulation of a SAP, which embodies specific actions (policy, legal, institutional reforms or investments) that can be adopted nationally, usually within a harmonized multinational context, to address the major priority transboundary concern(s), and over the longer term restore or protect a specific body of water or transboundary ecosystem. Page 1 of 4
(STAG) determined that the best way to proceed for updating the TDA was on a fishery ecosystem basis consistent with the overall goals of the project. Three specific ecosystems (continental shelf, pelagic and reef ecosystems) were agreed as the focus of the revised TDA. This is a highly innovative and pioneering approach that will position the project as a front line initiative and be welcomed by the GEF and IW community globally, as it sets a basis for advancing towards effective Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) approaches. Moreover this will support a more targeted and relevant decision making process and ensure that the actions identified for the Strategic Action Program (SAP) will address the identified transboundary and shared issues in the most cost-effective manner. The preliminary sub-regional TDAs were reviewed and reformulated into TDAs with a fishery ecosystem focus, which will include a full analysis of data and information gaps, a complete causal chain analysis, institutional mapping, a legislative review, a socio-economic review and definition of recommended interventions for inclusion in the SAP. The respective CCAs were preliminarily drafted during the TDA-SAP workshop, and these will now need to be reviewed and the CCA statements validated and prioritized using the GIWA methodology bearing in mind the cross cutting issues (e.g. climate change and EBM). The results of the TDA gap filling activities and the demonstration projects will be incorporated into a final updated TDA. The goal of the CLME project is the sustainable provision of goods and services of the shared living marine resources in the Wider Caribbean through robust co-operative governance. This goal is expected to be delivered through three main outcomes:
An analysis of transboundary issues and identified priority transboundary actions (TDA). This will form the technical and scientific basis for:
Identification of reforms and investments for managing the shared living resources (Strategic Action Programme – SAP). In order to achieve this target, the CLME project will help in establishing a regional governance framework as a mechanism to implement the SAP; and,
Target projects aimed at strengthening the policy cycle and early implementation of the SAP. These projects are expected to contribute further to the understanding of the issues and will demonstrate approaches of potential interest to the wider region, both informing the analysis (TDA) and the means to address the problems (SAP).
3. General Arrangements Under the supervision of the Regional Project Coordinator (RPC) of the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project (CLME Project) the international consultant will review the existing preliminary sub-regional TDAs, the recently reformulated TDAs with a fishery ecosystem focus as well as other relevant available information and proceed to update the related Causal Chain Analyses and produce the final regional TDA. The consultant will apply the GIWA methodology as criteria when grouping and prioritizing the CCA statements, if needed. This task is envisaged to be complemented with an assessment of the ecosystem goods and services for the pelagic, reef and continental shelf fishery-ecosystems of the CLME and a review of the analysis of these goods and services for inclusion into the final CCA.
4. Specific Duties The international consultant should:
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Provide technical advice to the PCU and TDA fishery ecosystem consultants during the development process of the regional governance review, CCA revisions and the update of the three fishery ecosystem TDAs.
Facilitate the validation of the statements included in the three fishery ecosystem based CCAs with reference to the GIWA methodology (used for guidance in grouping and prioritizing the causes found) in consultation with the fishery ecosystem consultants, PCU and TDA Technical Task Team;
Review the compilation of the types of ecosystem goods and services for the agreed regional fishery ecosystems of the CLME and its inclusion into the three CCAs;
Review the major knowledge and information/data gaps and needs for the agreed fishery ecosystems which were included in the CCAs and the updated TDAs
Prepare and submit an updated version of the CCAs that should include a comprehensive revision of the grouping and prioritizing of causes, compilation of the types of ecosystem goods and services, and the validation of statements given in the three fishery ecosystem CCAs. Table of contents for the requested TDA includes, but is not limited to, the items specified in Annex A.
Prepare and submit a final updated TDA which includes the results of the TDA gap filling activities, pilot projects and fishery ecosystem TDAs.
Travel from his/her home base to present the final version of the updated CCAs and gap analysis during the forthcoming “2 nd Steering Committee Meeting (SCM)”;
5. Expected outputs
An effective interaction and/or coordination with the fishery ecosystem consultants that should be reflected in the regional governance overview as well as in the three fishery ecosystems final reports;
An updated version of a comprehensive CCA that should include a revision of the grouping and prioritizing of causes, compilation of the types of ecosystem goods and services, and the validation of statements given in the three fishery ecosystem CCAs.
A final updated regional TDA which includes the results of the TDA gap filling activities, pilot projects and fishery ecosystem TDAs.
6. Inputs The Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) will provide the international consultant with the documents listed in Annex B and the necessary support, if necessary, to contact governments’ representatives or regional organizations in the search for relevant information. 7. Specific deliverables and timing Consultant will assist the consultants preparing the gap-filling analysis for governance and the three fisheries ecosystems in particular for the CCA update.
Consultant should review information from other sources relevant to updating and reformulating the TDA with focus on the regional governance overview and the three agreed fishery ecosystems (e.g. three fishery ecosystem TDAs) by 15 October 2010; Page 3 of 4
Consultant should review any validation given to the statements included in the three fishery ecosystem based CCAs and Gap filling analysis as well as the results from the consultant on Governance gap filling analysis with reference to the GIWA methodology used for guidance in grouping and prioritizing the causes found by 15 October 2010;
Consultant should review the compilation of the types of ecosystem goods and services for the agreed regional fishery ecosystems of the CLME and its inclusion into the three CCAs by 30 October 2010;
Consultant should review the major knowledge and information/data gaps and needs for the agreed fishery ecosystems which were included in the CCAs and the updated TDAs by 30 October 2010;
Consultant should prepare and submit an updated version of the CCAs that should include a comprehensive revision of the grouping and prioritizing of causes, compilation of the types of ecosystem goods and services, and the validation of statements given in the three fishery ecosystem CCAs by 8 December 2010.
Consultant should prepare and submit a final updated TDA which includes the results of the TDA gap filling activities, pilot projects and fishery ecosystem TDAs by 28 February 2011.
Consultant should travel from his/her home base to present the final version of the updated CCAs and gap analysis during the forthcoming “2 nd SCM (18-19 November 2010)”.
8. Reporting Under the guidance and supervision of the PCU, the consultant will prepare and submit the following reports: a. Progress report including a synthesis of achievements if any (for use in bulletins and press releases) b. Final report 9. Evaluation Under the guidance and supervision of the PCU there will be a final evaluation of this consultancy. 10. Budget The consultant will prepare and submit a technical and financial proposal. The budget should provide an estimate of the number of days for preparation as well as the consultant’s daily rate for this work.
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