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Consultant to support the new Agriculture Strategy

BirdLife is commissioning a grounding study/think piece that should analyse existing scientific and grey literature, offering a short synthetic summary of current scientific insights. This document will be used for the BirdLife internal discussions with its national partners and feed into the process of developing a BirdLife vision for agriculture in 2050 and its strategy for agriculture policy work until 2030.


Application deadline
15th December 2021, 12:00 CET

Duration
2 months

Budget
15 500 € (excluding VAT)

Starting date
Mid January 2022


INTRODUCTION

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership, in 120 countries and territories. BirdLife works together as a Partnership to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is the global authority on the status of bird species, has unparalleled technical expertise in bird and biodiversity assessment, and provides a global outreach through its national Partners and decentralised Secretariat. 

Stichting BirdLife Europe (BirdLife Europe) is the regional division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six BirdLife regional offices around the world. It is composed of an international team of permanent staff working on conservation, capacity building, policy, management, finance, fundraising, advocacy, science, communication, marketing and administration. BirdLife Europe supports the European and Central Asia Partnership of BirdLife International, which consists of 45 independent, grassroots Civil Society Organisations, governed by a democratic programme.

Agriculture in Europe and globally is at a crossroads. While the ecological pressure stemming from worsening climatic conditions and the continuous and increasing collapse of ecosystems and their services is mounting, farming is one of the mayor drivers of these changes. Yet until now agriculture policy in Europe has not addressed this sufficiently. The reform of the CAP has again failed to be the driver of transformation.

Yet other policies are on the starting bloc to push for a new regulatory framework in Europe. With the Green Deal, the biodiversity and the Farm-to-Fork Strategy, the EU Commission has proposed a blue print to turn the wheel. Both strategies have been fiercely debated. Now they are entering the stage of being implemented legally.

EU agriculture is a global player. Its footprint extends all around the planet, both in terms of upstream resources and downstream markets. There is a growing political conflict between a vision focused just on productivity and innovation and the EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy aiming at system change, accepting limits to productivity in exchange for higher ecological output, while addressing consumption patterns.

In this context, BirdLife needs to re-position itself as advocate for biodiversity on farmland, while considering new political and societal realities and planetary boundaries.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF JOB

BirdLife is commissioning a grounding study/think piece that should analyse existing scientific and grey literature, offering a short synthetic summary of current scientific insights. This document will be used for the BirdLife internal discussions with its national partners and feed into the process of developing a BirdLife vision for agriculture in 2050 and its strategy for agriculture policy work until 2030.

The consultant is expected to follow a general frame, set of questions provided by BirdLife, and discuss preliminary results with agriculture experts from the BirdLife partnership in a dedicated workshop.

Aim of the think piece:

  • Ground BirdLife’s policy demands in existing and state of the art scientific evidence.
  • Use scientific evidence to guide the internal decision-making process on the agriculture vision and strategy.
  • Identify potential gaps in the scientific literature and additional need for further research to underlay the BirdLife vision paper.

Research questions:

In general, the think piece should cover the eight following questions.

  1. What quantitative effects would the implementation of proposals and targets from the BirdLife biodiversity position have on land use: How much agricultural land would be rededicated towards other uses? How would production of agricultural goods be affected?
  2. What are the trade-offs and orders of magnitude of land take in Europe of competing targets for biodiversity, climate, bio-economy etc.
  3. What would be the consequences of 50% reduction in pesticide use? How would agricultural practices need to change to accommodate the lower use of pesticides?
  4. How much livestock do we actually need to maintain species-rich grassland and other High Natural Value habitats? How much livestock could be accommodated without compromising biodiversity and climate targets?
  5. What changes to agricultural practices are needed to restore conservation state farmland birds to a certain level and?
  6. How much land do we need to reach goals/targets for creating carbon sinks, to be aligned with Paris agreement? How much land would be needed for renewable energy and what is their land efficiency
  7. How would changing consumption patterns influence food demand?
  8. What are synergies between innovation in agricultural production and the protection of biodiversity

The consultant should be available to start in mid- January 2022 for a period of 2 months.  

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

The think piece should be usable as internal paper to guide the discussions around the BirdLife vision 2050. It is not intended for publication, but it might be shared with allies and supporting organisations, including the BirdLife partnership in the different EU Member States.

The document should include an extensive overview of the existing scientific knowledge as well as point out gap and describe potential opportunities for future scientific work. It should have a maximum size of 30-40 pages plus a four page executive summary

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • Have a relevant academic degree (Master or PhD in Natural Science);
  • Have relevant experience with the EU Agriculture and Biodiversity policy, and of conservation issues;
  • Excellent track record of producing synthesis or technical report;
  • Have an understanding of the EU Common Agricultural Policy;
  • Write and speak English fluently.

BirdLife OFFERS

BirdLife can provide 15 500 € (excluding VAT) for the above-mentioned consultancy, including money for travel expenses.

Any offers received that do not respect the upper limit will be automatically excluded from the evaluation procedure.

The price for the tender must be quoted in euro. Tenderers from countries outside the euro zone have to quote their prices in euro. The price quoted may not be revised in line with exchange rate movements. Quotes should specify daily rate and amount of work offered. It is for the tenderer to assume the risks or the benefits deriving from any variation.

TENDERING

Prospective consultants are invited to submit proposals (CV, cover letter specifying the methodology used for the think piece and a bibliography of past publications) before 15th December 2021, 12:00 CET. The proposals should be sent to [email protected] (by email only)specifying the following:

  • Readiness to make 1 trip to Brussels for Task Force meetings.
  • Date when consultant would be able to start.


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