Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Expert-retainer

Partner UNEP
Job categories Climate
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5312/17770
Level ICS-11
Department/office AFR, ETMCO, Sudan
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration 2 years
Application period 24-Apr-2019 to 21-May-2019

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The risks and impacts associated with long-term climate change poses significant challenges to the people and economy of Sudan. Already burdened with recurrent droughts, food insecurity, water problems, malaria outbreaks and high poverty levels, Sudan's development efforts have struggled even with current climatic change and variability. Moreover, predicted climate change shows an amplification and increase in the frequency of many of the climate related hazards affecting the country and especially the livelihoods of more than 60% of the population that is dependent on traditional, rain-fed agriculture and pastoral practices. Climate change is therefore threatening to reverse progress towards development through negatively impacting lives and livelihoods, either directly or as a compounding factor towards existing vulnerabilities.

One of Sudan’s most vulnerable region that is severely impacted by climate change induced hazards (droughts and floods) is the White Nile State especially the western region of the state. As indicated in Sudan’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA-2007) and National Adaptation Plan (NAP-2016), small holder rainfed farmers and pastoralists in the White Nile State are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to inappropriate and unsustainable agricultural practices, insufficient water and land management and lack of alternative non-agricultural and non-pastoral income generating activities. Most notably, increasing temperatures, decreasing trends of annual precipitation as well as increased variability, are causing a gradual shift of arid ecological zones from north to south. As a result, climate change impacts in White Nile State have already been manifested in declining crop and animal productivity, loss of grazing resources and rangeland valuable species, land degradation, increased frequency of human, animal and crop diseases, loss of livelihoods and human migration in search for jobs and alternative livelihoods.

In response to this, the project “Enhancing the resilience of communities living in climate change vulnerable areas of Sudan using Ecosystem-Based approaches to Adaptation (EbA)” (also known as Sudan ecosystem-based adaptation project) was developed with the overall aim of increasing the resilience of livelihoods and integrated productive agricultural systems in the White Nile State through ecosystem-based adaptation approaches. This will be achieved through mainstreaming of ecosystem-based adaptation approaches at both national, state and local (community) levels by strengthening government awareness and capacity for implementation of ecosystem-based adaptation at all levels. The project will build the climate resilience of ecosystems and local communities in the White Nile State by improving their access to ecosystem services, such as agriculture, food and water. It will also support communities to manage agro-ecological systems in a sustainable manner while at the same time increasing rangeland productivity. Climate-resilient ecosystems will therefore be expected to increase the adaptive capacity of local communities by providing an important buffer against extreme weather events. Simultaneously, the project will also facilitate the upscaling of such benefits to the national level by mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation and climate change adaptation into policies. Furthermore, cost-benefit analyses of ecosystem-based adaptation interventions will be conducted and successful cost-effective ecosystem-based adaptation measures will be codified and disseminated across sectors. The project is expected to achieve the following outcomes:

Outcome 1:       Improved and strengthened technical capacity of local, state and national                                     institutions to plan, implement and upscale ecosystem-based adaptation.

Outcome 2:       Reduced vulnerability of local communities to climate change impacts in the                                 White Nile State.

Outcome 3:       Strengthened information base and knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation                           and its cost-effectiveness are readily available for various uses.

Implementation of the Sudan ecosystem-based adaptation project will therefore support restoration and conservation of ecological structure and functioning in order to ensure sustainable supply of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help human and natural systems in White Nile State to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. In turn, this will result to multiple environmental, social, economic, and cultural co-benefits for local communities and therefore enhance their resilience to climate change impacts, protection of their livelihoods, poverty alleviation and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions among other benefits.

The Sudan ecosystem-based adaptation project is in the 2nd year of implementation and is financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF)/Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) through UN Environment (UNEP) with the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR) as the executing partner.

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