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Terms of Reference
Rangeland assessment data management Background
Grasslands and rangelands cover approximately 30% of the earth’s land surface and 70% of its agricultural lands.
Grasslands and rangelands provide essential ecosystem services important to the local communities, particularly, as a significant source of livestock feed and source of livelihoods for livestock producers. However, an estimated 40% and 58% of pastoral and agro‐pastoral lands are respectively degraded. On global scale, Land Degradation (LD) costs about USD40 billion annually and has disproportionate consequence on grasslands and rangelands. Degraded
land is costly to reclaim and, if severely degraded, may no longer provide the range of ecosystem services traditionally offered. This leads to a loss of the goods and many other potential environmental, social, economic and non‐material benefits that are critical for society and economic development. Multiple systems have been developed in the past to monitor and assess the health of grassland and rangelands. However, despite the high importance placed on evaluating the drivers, current state, trends and impacts of land degradation, there is yet to be a global standard protocol defined for monitoring and assessing land degradation in
grasslands and rangelands to upscale Sustainable Land Management (SLM). Existing tools do not deal in particular with the link between pastoralism and land degradation in grasslands and rangelands, and no global participatory and holistic method and process is available yet to monitor land degradation and sustainable land management practices and related benefits to make informed decisions.
The “participatory assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management in grassland and pastoral areas” is a global project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and executed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through the government partners in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Niger and Uruguay. The project aims to produce and test a methodology for the participatory assessment and monitoring of land degradation in pastoral
areas. The project has two overall objective, i) to strengthen the capacity of local and national stakeholders in pastoral areas comprising of grasslands and rangelands to assess land degradation and ii) to inform decisions to promote Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in a way that preserves the diverse ecosystem goods and services provided by rangelands and grasslands.
The project has three inter‐related components:
Purpose of the consultancy
This is a one month consultancy expected to start once the consultant is identified but not later than 1st July and end by 30th July 2019
The consultant will be an experienced database designer who can demonstrate experience in developing data management applications from the ground up.
When applying for the assignment, interested consultants should submit the following documents: (i) a brief writeup on the interpretation of the ToRs, (ii) a work plan for the activity (iii) a sample of previous work, (iv) letter of interest, v) CV, and (vi) financial proposal to email@example.com