The Lebanese Ministry of Environment is currently implementing the "Policy and Legislative Development for Mainstreaming the Sustainable Management of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems in Lebanon" project with the support of GEF UNEP.
The project aims to create an enabling integrated framework for coastal and marine biodiversity management and protection, and to mainstream marine and coastal biodiversity into national plans and coastal zone management plans, with particular focus on the impact of climate change on biodiversity. As such, it provides an opportunity to coordinate with past and new initiatives in the region to address gaps in assessments, and seek sustainable and economically viable policy and technological options for the protection of key marine and coastal biodiversity to be included in coastal zone management plans, Marine Protected Area (MPA) plans and integrated into national plans.
The present project is being implemented to address the above mentioned critical issues and is timed to complement two parallel projects; the IUCN project addressing Marine Protected Area (MPA) management and the regional GEF UNEP and WB Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem (in particular activities related to MPA’s, ecosystem approach to fisheries and coastal zone management).
The objectives of the present activities implemented by IUCN will be to carry out the actions listed under the following activity results of the "Policy and Legislative Development for Mainstreaming the Sustainable Management of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems in Lebanon" project:
4.2.1. Marine BD monitoring plan adopted, incl. legal and administrative documents, mechanism for the sustainable financing, administration and management of the monitoring programme
4.2.3. Training of experts in national institutions on monitoring
This will result in the establishment of monitoring protocols, the survey of monitoring tools effectiveness, their communication to stakeholders and the evaluation of the effectiveness of adopted policy and legislative tools.
This will also require the training needs assessment, training tools development and the training of officials, managers and experts in evaluation and monitoring techniques.
The overarching objective of this consultancy will be to develop the national marine biodiversity-monitoring plan and empower the relevant personnel through the capacity building in evaluation and monitoring of experts in the national institutions.