Saint Lucia is signatory to a number of international agreements from which several benefits are derived from which numerous obligations arise. These in part shape national policies and legislation by promoting adequate measures to address environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, pollution of the marine environment, global warming and sea level rise as well as to promote sustainable livelihoods. For example, The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have facilitated opportunities for Saint Lucia to receive grants and technical expertise for projects related to biodiversity, climate change and land degradation.
While there is little doubt about the benefits of becoming signatories to such agreements, the lack of institutional, local and community awareness together with insufficient data collection, insufficient information to guide decision making at the policy level and limited monitoring and legal capacity to advise on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) ratification and compliance have been a drawback to full implementation of MEAs.
The Government of Saint Lucia has embarked on a process of addressing these challenges through its Sustainable Development and Environment Division (SDED), and has been increasing its efforts to effectively put measures in place to monitor the implementation of Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) to which Saint Lucia is Party. In this regard, support has been granted from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to address issues related to environmental information management. With the support of the UNEP and GEF, Saint Lucia has embarked on initiatives to identify capacity constraints. One such initiative is the GEF funded project aimed at ‘Increasing Saint Lucia’s Capacity to Monitor MEA Implementation and Sustainable Development’ by providing support for the development of the country’s environmental information system, better coordination of existing knowledge and generating new information on the state of the environment.
To this end, the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development through its Sustainable Development and Environment Division is seeking a consulting firm to assist the Project Management Unit (PMU) in meeting its objectives by providing services as detailed in the Scope of Work below.
The overall objective of this consultancy is to support the stakeholders (Government Agencies, Private Sector and NGOs) in improving the environmental reporting system, developing indicator sets, establishing an Environmental Information System (EIS) and related online tools and platforms.
SCOPE OF WORK
In general the scope of work includes: (1) Developing a reporting system for MEA implementation to be used for at least 3 MEAs to which Saint Lucia is Party; (2) Establishing core environmental indicators for national development where appropriate and coherent with relevant regional and global indicators and; (3) Establishing an EIS online platform and related tools.
Notice expires at 4:00pm on Tuesday September 13th, 2016