Strengthening Marine Protected Areas to Conserve Marine Key Biodiversity Areas
The project “Strengthening Marine Protected Areas to Conserve Marine Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines” or SMARTSeas PH, being supported by UNDP and GEF, is currently implemented through the Biodiversity Management Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The project seeks to accelerate the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine protected area networks (MPANs) to include more key marine biodiversity areas and improve MPA/MPAN management effectiveness to reduce the rapid degradation of marine and coastal habitats and alarming biodiversity loss.
Under Outcome 2 of the project (Improved Financial Sustainability of MPAs and MPANs), interventions at the national, MPAN, and individual MPA level were planned to be undertaken to promote cost efficiencies and cost-effectiveness in MPA management, improve and diversify funding sources, enhance capacities for financial and business planning including sound decision making pertaining to resource allocation, and transparent processes for fund management. A functioning system for tracking expenditures and monitoring fund inflows should be in place, firmly supported by an enabling legal and policy framework. The project has formulated four major outputs to achieve this outcome, namely:
Output 2.1: Benchmark management costs established for MPAs of varying size and potential cost savings or cost efficiencies on average per site identified through consolidation of management functions in MPANs.
Output 2.2: At least two MPANS (Verde Island Passage and Davao Gulf) implementing financing and business plan targeting increases in revenue generation from the tourism and fisheries sectors.
Output 2.3 At least five (5) of locally managed MPA in each of five (5) sites have revenue generation schemes in operation, including market-based visitor and service fees for tourism operators, pilot ecological service payments from the fisheries sector and local taxes for conservation and management of key tourism draws.
Output 2.4 MPA financing plans developed and piloted in at least 30% of MPAs in each of five sites, incorporating governance mechanisms to ensure participatory management of revenues and resources involving local communities, local government and national government agencies as appropriate.
Achievement of Outcome 2 targets has been significantly delayed. To pursue delivery of Output 2.3.3, i.e., financial resources for conservation and management of MPAs in five target sites, the Project, as approved by the Project Board, has undertaken Low-Value Agreements (LVGs) on the establishment and/or strengthening of Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises (BDFEs) of the Project’s Peoples’ Organization (PO) partners.
The SMARTSeas Project Manager shall directly supervise the Consultant.
At different points during the contract, the Consultant is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the SMARTSeas PH Project Team, DENR BMB, and UNDP CO. As needed, the SMARTSeas PH project staff shall provide logistical assistance to the Consultant in order for her/him to accomplish enumerated outputs.
Duration of the Work
The expected duration of work is estimated to be 87 working days spread over four months. The target date for the start of work is 1 September 2020 and the completion date is 31 December 2020.
The Consultant is not expected to report on a daily basis to the Project Management Office based in BMB, Quezon City but shall be available on an on-call basis.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Submission and acceptance of Inception Report/Work Plan
Submission and acceptance of Monthly Progress Report on the Status of LVG implementation
Submission and acceptance of Monthly Progress Report on the Status of LVG implementation, 1st draft of LVG Documentation Report and 1st draft of BDFE toolkit
31 October 2020
Submission and acceptance of Completion Report of LVG Implementation, final draft of LVG Documentation Report and final draft of BDFE toolkit
30 November 2020
Submission and acceptance of Handover Notes
15 December 2020