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National Consultant – Nature-Based Solutions (NbS)
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Deadline :24-Sep-23 @ 06:30 AM (New York time)
Published on :04-Sep-23 @ 12:00 AM (New York time)
Development Area :OTHER  OTHER
Reference Number :UNDP-BGD-00241
Contact :E-Bid Box -
Sustainable Procurement Indicators :Environmental - Protection of the environment, biodiversity and restoration of natural habitats

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Introduction :

Country: Bangladesh 


Description of the Assignment:  

 Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, ranking 7th in the Global Long-Term Climate Risk Index. Cox’s Bazar remains one of the most disaster-prone districts in the country and is highly exposed to natural hazards and extreme weather impacts including cyclones, torrential rains, landslides, flash floods, storm surges, and extreme temperatures. Cox’s Bazar is also home to around one million Rohingya refugees since 2017. The Rohingya crisis has significantly increased the size of the population at risk, as well as added pressure on the environment which undermines resilience. Location, climate, topography, and human interference makes the refugee camps and hosting areas more vulnerable to natural hazards and extreme weather impacts. Even in the absence of a major disaster, this climatic context has a considerable impact on the refugee response operation in Cox’s Bazar. 

 Landslides remain one of the most substantial damaging and recurrent hazards in Cox’s Bazar district and other Chittagong hill districts. The hilly terrain of Cox’s Bazar consists of poorly consolidated sand and silt deposits that are highly vulnerable to erosion processes, slope failure, and landslides during monsoon season. In the last decades, devastating landslides have repeatedly hit the hilly regions, typically due to excessive and prolonged rainfall in a short period, high population density, unplanned land use, and rampant hill cutting. Landslides caused over 500 deaths in the region in the past decade, while the highest number of 162 fatalities was recorded in June 2017 due to extreme rainfall. The Rohingya refugee crisis has further exacerbated the pre-existing landslide susceptibility of the Cox’s Bazar District due to the removal of vegetation and hill cutting for refugee shelters, other facilities, and new roads. Henceforth, the Rohingya population, mostly women and children, are forced to live in landslide-vulnerable camps. Moreover, the hilly communities (many of them are also hosting the Rohingyas), predominantly poor and landless people settling in the foothill areas are also vulnerable to landslides. It is estimated that around a million people are currently living with landslide risks in Cox’s Bazar District, including the Rohingya refugees, their host communities, and the urban hilly communities. 


Period of assignment/services: 108 working days over a period of 06 months


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