About the Organization:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. They harness the experience, resources and reach of their more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. IUCN is a democratic Union that brings together the world’s most influential organisations and top experts in a combined effort to conserve nature and accelerate the transition to sustainable development.
The Meghna basin is a transboundary river basin shared by Bangladesh and India. The total area drained by the Meghna river basin is 82,000 km2, of which 47,000 km2 (57% of the total area) is located in India and 35,000 km2 (43% of the total area) is in Bangladesh.
IUCN is seeking support from organizations/individuals with experience in water governance and river basin management issues and with proven GIS capabilities to consolidate the data from Bangladesh and India on land uses, and develop a Meghna basin land use atlas. The atlas aims to bridge the knowledge gaps in the basin on land uses through the development of illustrative maps and narratives.
The atlas will provide well-synthesized, interpreted information to stakeholders and thereby promote evidence‐based and knowledge‐supported decision-making by policy makers, planners, private sector and civil society stakeholders.
Objectives of consultancy:
Consolidate the data from the land use change analysis conducted by NEHU and CEGIS and generate a land use atlas with illustrative maps and narratives for all 29 transboundary tributaries of the Meghna River Basin.
More specifically, the consultancy will:
- Define the projection system for the development of sub-basin maps;
- Develop thematic land use maps for the entire Meghna basin and its 29 trans-boundary tributaries. Consolidate the data on current land uses at the basin and sub-basin levels, as well as hotspots of land use changes in last 15 years, based on the analysis (from the shape file) provided by NEHU and CEGIS, for India and Bangladesh respectively;
- To generate the sub-basin land use maps of 29 transboundary rivers, the consultant will undertake edge matching and harmonization of sub-basin boundaries in consultation with IUCN, NEHU and CEGIS. A buffer zone will be delineated for edge mapping and harmonization along the international borderline;
- Draft the content for the atlas (all 29 transboundary rivers of the Meghna) based on a review of information available online, as well as the information generated through NEHU and CEGIS land use change analysis conducted in 2020.
- Land use maps (in color) of the entire Meghna Basin, and its 29 transboundary tributaries.
- Meghna Basin land use atlas, including a narrative for each map. It is proposed that the atlas include two main sections: a) Section I with the 2019 land use maps and brief narrative of the entire basin and the 29 transboundary tributaries; and b) Section II with the maps indicating hotspots of changes in the basin (based on the NEHU and CEGIS analysis);
- Deliver a presentation consolidating information in the atlas during the Meghna Knowledge Forum 2021 (June 2021).
Desired Experience and Qualifications:
The consultancy is open to institutions/individuals with the following expertise:
- Working experience with standard, current GIS tools and technologies.
- Demonstrated experience of working in collaboration with government ministries and departments, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Bangladesh and India.
- More than 8 years of experience in satellite communication applications services in water resource management and developmental communication.
- Sound knowledge of climate change and how to present impacts on water resources.
- Knowledge on bathymetric maps, sedimentology, and water quality.
- Comparable (related) assignments within the region (or Meghna Basin) is an advantage.
- Demonstrated writing, analytical and reporting skills.
- Excellent English language skills.
- Duration of Consultancy: 4.5 months (15 March 2021 – 31 July 2021)