|Overview : |
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is responsible for leading and coordinating action on environment matters within the UN system. Within its mandate, UNEP aims to promote environmental sustainability while contributing to a balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. UNEP, with support from the Government of Flanders and in close collaboration with the South African National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DFFE), is implementing a project that seeks to “Increase Resilience and Reduce Vulnerabilities of rural communities to the Effects of Climate Change: Promoting Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) in South Africa”. With adaptation efforts taking place in unequal power contexts, the project aims to address vulnerabilities to climate change impacts by integrating critical gender and human rights considerations into all aspects of EbA to meet the priorities and needs of all community members.
The Individual Contractor will support and strengthen existing coordination processes and platforms, most notably the National EbA Coordination Committee (NCC) and the Community of Practice (CoP) which are led by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) and comprises all nine provinces and key national actors like the South African National Botanical Institute (SANBI). A series of UN Environment-led inputs will add value to quarterly NCC meetings as well as to other national/provincial forums. Effective multi-stakeholder coordination will be applied in an inclusive manner to connect Governments, Civil Society, Private Sector Partners, Entrepreneurs, Financial Institutions and women's groups, whilst ensuring the integration of balanced and diverse perspective into evidence-based policy and decision making.
The Individual Contractor will support activities aimed at strengthening the role of South African stakeholders in promoting EbA approaches.