Posted on 31 March 2020
Ref 28.20: Propose the contents of the biodiversity offset and related biodiversity impact assessment content in the revision of the Environment Protection Law and regulations
Biodiversity offsets are a measurable way to compensate residual biodiversity impact of development projects and also still very new in Vietnam. In recent years, some development projects with huge negative impacts on biodiversity have been implemented without any compensation. It is only partially applied in the forestry sector, where the replanting of trees is required to compensate for area of forest loss caused by the projects. However, this just addresses the area of trees removed, but the actual biodiversity values of the compromised forests are not identified or accounted for.
From 2014 to 2015, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), BCA had initially studied and made a road map for biodiversity offsetting in Vietnam. However, the methods, rules and regulations for biodiversity offsets need to be further elaborated and some specific contents need to be updated to underpin any policy change to apply offsets consistently in Vietnam.
The WWF-CarBi project aims to effectively conserve biodiversity and ecosystems in the Central Annamites Landscape of Vietnam and Laos. This goal provides the framework for interventions to conserve biodiversity directly, as well as the building of capacity for strengthened biodiversity conservation. The project contributes to the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of ecosystems and the preservation of biodiversity in the Central Annamites, which in turn will support the government of Vietnam in fulfilling their obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Among its activities, an important focus of the project is implementing measures for averting/mitigation and compensation for biodiversity loss – biodiversity offsets.
2. Objective of the study
Under this task, policy expert/s will be recruited to carry out an overarching study to review relevant biodiversity offset strategies developed and applied at both international and Vietnam levels, and after considering lessons learnt and local legal imperatives/requirements, to draft the contents of the proposed Biodiversity Impact Assessment and Biodiversity Offsets Sections for the revision of the Environment Protection law and other regulations.
The Policy Expert is required to have proven knowledge, skills and experience as follows:
(Please see attached TOR for more details)
How to apply
- At least Master degree on environment/ environmental economics or equivalent
- Minimum 10 years in environment protection, environmental/resource economics or equivalent.
- Experience and proven track record in policies, regulation development, particularly in environmental protection
- A sound understanding of Biodiversity Offsetting and Environmental Impact Assessment protocols
- Experience in project development and implementation, particularly in environmental protection
- Working experience in implementation of similar ODA/NGO projects
- Strong interpersonal and communication skill
All proposals must clearly indicate the tender reference: “Ref. 28.20: Propose the contents of the biodiversity offset and related biodiversity impact assessment content in the revision of the Environment Protection Law and regulations”
and send via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for proposal submission is at 11 AM 10th April 2020.