Coral reefs are critically important ecosystems which support the livelihoods of millions in coastal communities globally. They provide essential habitat for fisheries and tourism along with protection for coastal infrastructure and assets against sea level rise and increasing storm surge, making the socio-economic welfare of coastal communities closely linked with reef health. Despite their importance, coral reefs across the world’s oceans are severely threatened by local and global factors (overfishing, coastal pollution, and climate change) that have resulted in losses of 50 to 80 per cent over the last 50 years.
Given the gravity and urgency of the situation, continuing to apply even the most promising solutions in as many locations as possible is no longer sufficient to drive the change required. A global analysis (led by University of Queensland and partners) has revealed that some reefs have a substantially lower exposure to climate change stress due to local oceanographic conditions such as currents and upwelling. These resilient and connected reefs embody the regeneration potential for the world's reefs once the stresses resulting from climate change have stabilized and are decreasing. Approximately 80% of these resilient reefs are found in developing countries and 90% of those are concentrated in seven countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Cuba, Fiji, Tanzania, Solomon Islands and Philippines. These countries together host 70% of the regeneration potential for the world's reefs. All of these resilient reefs are facing decline and loss of resilience due to increasing local pressures. Given their importance as sources of coral reef regeneration in a ‘climate stabilized world’, supporting the health of these resilient and connected reefs in the coming decades clearly deserves greater attention if we are to secure and replenish the world’s reefs as a whole.
The Coral Reef Rescue Partnership is a global initiative with governments, private sector, international NGOs, and civil society partners to sustain and restore the health of coral reef ecosystems in the face of climate threats. The Initiative is implemented by a partnership of organizations, including Blue Ventures, Rare, CARE International, The University of Queensland, WCS, and WWF, with extensive experience in delivering conservation in close collaboration with governments and local communities. The Global Coral Reef Rescue Initiative’s (CRRI) underlying theory of change is that if the most resilient coral reefs that host 70% of the global regeneration potential within the coastal waters of the 7 countries can be identified, and if the main local threats to these priority reefs can be reduced to secure reefs in the face of climate change and community and commercial use, then a foundation for global reef maintenance and recovery can be provided for the long term. The objective of the Coral Reef Rescue Partnership is to apply this approach to building reef productivity and resiliency around the world to protect resilient coral reefs with regeneration potential to globally secure reefs while ensuring co-benefits of biodiversity and livelihoods, with a target of safeguarding the food security and livelihoods of over 120 million reef-dependent people over the next decade.
A four year, GEF-funded (International Waters) project proposal (PIF) was approved by the GEF (Global Environment Facility) Council in December 2020. The project aims to build capacity and solutions to ensure the long term survival of climate resilient coral reef ecosystems, thereby supporting the blue economies and communities dependent on these reefs in Philippines, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Philippines.
This GEF project has 4 key components: 1) Global knowledge and capacity building networks for resilient coral reefs; 2) Planning for resilient Coral Reef Rescue at the national level; 3) Financial solutions for resilient Coral Reef Rescue; and 4) Knowledge Management and Monitoring and evaluation.
The development of the global ProDoc is coordinated at international level by WWF US and WWF Australia. Efforts in developing this project will also serve at setting the foundations (specifically the needed national platform, and situation analysis) for further fundraising endeavors targeted towards GCF and more opportunities.
The detailed project design process is scheduled to be undertaken over the period January - November 2021. The development of the project document (ProDoc) and associated documents for the global GEF project “Coral Reef Rescue: Resilient Coral Reefs, Resilient Communities”, requires significant inputs and support from each of the 7 countries included in this initiative.
In the framework of development of this ProDoc, assessment made by WWF Philippines has concluded the need to use the service of a consultant to support the production of the Philippines inputs, while co-leading the related stakeholder consultations with WWF staff. Upon agreement between both parties, the consultant may also provide his service for developing the information base required for an eventual GCF submission.
The main function of the Consultant under this work is to develop the Philippines component of the Project Document, in close coordination with WWF Philippines, with all required Appendices to be submitted to WWF US / Australia. This will involve:
Scope of work and methodology:
Under the guidance of the WWF Philippines, and the CRR GEF ProDoc Global Lead Consultant, the consultant will lead and guide the process of developing the Philippines inputs for the CRR GEF ProDoc, including appendices, using appropriate methods such as desktop studies, literature reviews and interviews/focus group discussions.
The Consultant will be supported by WWF to organize relevant virtual meetings and interviews through appropriate means. The Consultant will follow the templates provided by WWF in collecting all needed information and developing the Philippines inputs for the CRR GEF Project Document.
The Consultant shall use an evidence-based approach and ensure the highest standard of work and timely deliverables at every stage of the assignment. In particular, the consultant will ensure clarity of objectives and process during the consultations; counter-check all facts and figures cited; and ensure proper editing and clarity.
It is expected that most of the work will be conducted through desk analysis using currently available information, although some field work can be envisaged. A detailed methodology will be requested from the consultant upon inception.
Individual consultant that is meeting the following qualifications:
Applicants must submit their materials to Isabel.email@example.com by June 27th, 2021 if interested.