Grenada’s biodiversity is being threatened by unsafe agricultural practices and encroachment from human settlements, resulting in habitat loss and fragmentation, overexploitation of biological resources, and pollution. The presence of invasive alien species and climate change are also drivers of biodiversity loss in the country. Land degradation has affected approximately 50% of land resources in Grenada; deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the form of forest clearance to allow for residential and commercial development, non-sustainable agriculture, forest fires, and coastal tourism development are the main forces behind land degradation in Grenada. Integrated agroecosystem management, which incorporates sustainable land management (SLM) and biodiversity conservation into production landscapes, may provide a solution to biodiversity loss and land degradation in the country.
SLM and biodiversity conservation objectives need to be mainstreamed into national land use planning, sectoral policies, and legal frameworks. Incorporated into SLM are climate smart agriculture (CSA) practices that can contribute to ensuring the long-term sustainability of agricultural production at the community and producer levels. However, there are several barriers that stand in the way of advancing this long-term solution of the effective implementation of SLM and CSA practices and the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into landscapes in Grenada. These include:
a) insufficient systemic and institutional capacity for integrated SLM and biodiversity conservation landscape-level planning;
b) lack of access to financial mechanisms and technical and information services, thereby limiting investment in sustainable agricultural planning and practices; and
c) limited awareness, understanding, and knowledge of CSA and SLM techniques and practices integrated with biodiversity conservation.
The project objective is to operationalise integrated agroecosystem management through mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in production landscapes and increasing the resilience of agricultural systems. This will be achieved through the following four interrelated outcomes:
1. at the national level;
2. Outcome 2: National capacity to provide financial, technical, and information services for CSA production;
3. Outcome 3: Operationalisation of resilient agricultural practices; and
4. Outcome 4: Knowledge management for SLM, CSA, and biodiversity conservation.
UNDP wishes to engage an experienced natural resources practitioner, with proficiency and experience in integrated management of land, water and biodiversity resources for sustainable production and climate resilience. The ideal candidate will have a nuanced understanding of interconnected issues of natural resources management, climate change, vulnerability, inequality and can quickly and effectively provide technical expertise to advance project objectives and enhance environmental protection and sustainable resource use in Grenada.
As a project using a nationally implemented modality (NIM), the main responsibility for this project rests with the Government of Grenada. Under this arrangement, the Implementing Partner (IP) i.e. the Department of Economic and Technical Cooperation assumes full responsibility for the effective use of UNDP resources and the delivery of outputs. DETC will also be working collaboratively with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands in implementation. It will be the responsibility of the Project Coordinator to liaise and work closely with the IP and other local partners. This will include robust regular reporting on project progress against agreed work plans, and maintaining documentation evidencing the proper use of project resources in conformity to the Project Document and in accordance with applicable regulations and procedures. A National Project Director (NPD) will be appointed who will provide guidance to the Project Coordinator during implementation in terms of national policy priorities, liaising with and establishing relationships with stakeholders, etc. The NPD typically chairs the Project Steering Committee (PSC).
Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the SLM Specialist’s main responsibility is to provide expert advice, guidance and leadership with respect to strengthening the resilience of the agroecosystems in Grenada, including capacity building, data collection, research and policy development.