Call for proposal: host organization for national training and/or stakeholder engagement workshop on ocean acidification research, monitoring, and impacts on ocean ecosystems

Type of contract: Contract for Services
Duration: 01 October 2021 – 30 April 2022
Closing date: 17 September 2021

Terms of reference:

Host Organization for National Training and/or Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on Ocean Acidification Research, Monitoring, and Impacts on Ocean Ecosystems in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Background:

Ocean acidification is a direct consequence of increased human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere. Since the industrial revolution, the ocean absorbs over 25 percent of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions from the atmosphere, leading to an increase in seawater acidity, and reduction of carbonate ion concentration and saturation states of biologically important calcium carbonate minerals. This process was termed as ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is jeopardizing the ability of ocean ecosystems, including those calcifying marine organisms, to adapt themselves to an acidifying environment.

Despite the global increasing recognition on ocean acidification, and its threat to ocean based food security, the awareness still remains rather limited and the ecosystem responses to ocean acidification are poorly understood in the region. To enable resource and fisheries managers, and policy makers to develop effective long-term mitigation and adaptation strategies, sustained research, monitoring and assessment are critically needed to develop meaningful projections on future impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems in the region.

The IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) strives to support our member states in the region preparing for and responding to ocean acidification, by improving research capacity, transferring marine technology, and advancing our understanding on ocean acidification and its impacts on ocean ecosystems.

To meet the demand of member states in the region, we are seeking workshop hosts to develop and conduct national training and/or stakeholder engagement workshop on ocean acidification research, monitoring and impacts on ocean ecosystems in the Western Pacific

Purpose:

The activity aims to enhance national capacities for ocean acidification research and monitoring, and to assist fulfilling the commitment to SDG 14: Life below water, in particular SDG 14.3: Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.

This activity also expects to enhance the awareness of key stakeholders on the ground, on ocean acidification and its impacts, so as to develop closer partnerships in support of the sustainable development of ocean, marine and coastal resources.

Assignment:

Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for the Asia and Pacific and the direct supervision of the Head of the WESTPAC Office, the respective contractor in each target country shall act as a host for the delivery of national training and/or stakeholder engagement workshop, between October 2021 and April 2022, on ocean acidification research, monitoring, and impacts on ocean ecosystems. 

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